Monty Python star John Cleese has said he wished his ex-wives were dead and had hoped a falling tree would kill them.

Over the years, the comic has paid out more than $50 million in divorce settlements to his three former spaces, but it did not stop him walking down the aisle again four years ago.

Cleese appeared the US chat show Conan O’Brien alongside his comedy partner Eric Idle and the two were discussing the secrets to a long-lasting marriage.

But it was not just his ex-wives who were on the receiving end of his acid tongue. The 77-year-old he wished he had never had his two daughters, Camilla and Cynthia Cleese, after they turned out like their mothers.

“I have been married for 34 years. To four different wives,” he said before referring to his second wife Barbara Trentham, who died from complications of leukaemia in 2013.

“One of my ex-wives died. You know what? It was very sad because it was the wrong one,” said Cleese, who is currently married to Jennifer Wade who is 32 years his junior.

Conan laughed before asking ‘Do you have any real anger or hatred towards your ex-wives?’’ Cleese then lets rip at Connie Booth and Alyce Eichelberger.


“No, I mean, I am quite happy if one or two of them would be dead. But I don’t have anything against them as people.

“I wish them dead in the nicest possible way.

“Not dead in a slow agonising death over some years. Something quick like a tree falling on them.”

When talking about his children, Cleese said ‘I think the secret is not to have children,” “Children are the cause of most of the misery in the world.

“They cost you a fortune; you worry yourself sick, and then they grow up like their mothers. Cats are the answer. You can feed them twice a day.”

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