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Robin Thicke's separation not part of dad's new show

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When it comes to the breakdown of Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's relationship, she hasn't said much of anything, while the Thicke men can't seem to keep their mouths shut.

When news of the split broke, Robin took to begging for his wife's forgiveness onstage during his many tour stops, and now his dad Alan Thicke is speaking out about the breakup.

"I hope whatever they decide to do will make them both happy," the elder Thicke told E! about his son's marital problems. "That's the key thing. You want your kids to be happy. They're strong, smart and talented people and they'll make great decisions."

The former Growing Pains star launched his new semi-reality show Unusually Thicke April 16 on TVGN (Slice in Canada), but warns that Robin's issues won't be the focus of the series.

"You won't see his drama. You'll see a couple of appearances, cameos by Robin checking up on me. Of course, I'm happy to exploit him as much as possible. He's clearly an important part of the family and good enough to participate a little bit."

There is one majorly intriguing plot line for viewers, however: Thicke's wife Tanya is under house arrest after being accused of murder in her native Bolivia last year. Yes, really.

"We didn't deal with it on the show in a way we could get laughs, but hopefully we show how you distract and compartmentalize and deal with these things, but it couldn't just be ignored on the show," he said of the legal drama.

 

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 17, 2014 C18

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