Food Network star Ree Drummond
was once in the middle of a sleazy affair that sparked a bitter divorce and sent shock waves through her hometown of Bartlesville, Okla.
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The National ENQUIRER
has learned the “Pioneer Woman” star’s parents split after her mother hooked up with the family’s pastor! According to bombshell legal documents obtained by The ENQUIRER, Ree’s parents, William
and Gerre Smith
, divorced in March 1997 after 33 years of marriage.
The drama began when Gerre took up with the rector at St. Luke’s, the family’s Episcopal church in Bartlesville, tattled an insider close to Ree. Shockingly, the rector was also married — but Ree’s father was willing to overlook his wife’s infidelity.
In his response to Gerre’s divorce petition, he stated: “The defendant desires to continue to live in a loving and supportive marriage with the plaintiff.” But the divorce went ahead — just six months after Ree’s own wedding to her cowboy lover, Ladd — and the rector, Doug Schwert, left the church.
Although the reason for his departure was never revealed in church, “it spread by word of mouth,” said the source. Gerre and Doug tied the knot, and are living happily in Signal Mountain, Tenn. But their tawdry scandal remains a hot topic in Bartlesville.
“Gerre was really well-liked,” tattled a source close to Ree, shown here on a 2013 "Today" visit with Natalie Morales
and Matt Lauer
. “If it was my family, I’d still think it was shocking!"