Lisa Lampanelli has filed for divorce from husband Jimmy Cannizzaro, although they remain incredibly good friends, a rep for the couple said. Lisa Lampanelli filed the papers in New York on May 1.
It comes months after the couple revealed their astonishing weight loss after both undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy, a type of gastric bypass surgery, in 2012. Yvette Shearer, a rep for the couple, said that while they remain incredibly good friends, Lisa Lampanelli and Jimmy Cannizzaro “weren’t a match as man and wife.”
“We still call each other first when something great or horrible happens in our lives, and we expect that to continue,” Lampanelli explains. And her husband, jokingly known as “Big Balls,” added: “We’re leaving the marriage in much better shape than when we came in, since we each weigh 100 pounds less.”
The surgery involves removing a large portion of the stomach and leaving behind a small “sleeve,” restricting the amount of food the stomach is able to take in.
It was Lampanelli who first underwent the surgery, inspiring her husband, a former club owner and now security professional, to follow her lead two months later.
“I feel like I’ve reached the weight I’m supposed to be. I’m officially a skinny bitch!” Lampanelli told a tabloid as she revealed her weight loss last year.
The Celebrity Apprentice alumni struggled with her weight for decades.
Her curves were the brunt of many “fat chick” jokes that made her famous. She tested out several diets and none of them worked.
“Crazy diets, good diets, you can’t name one I didn’t do,” she said. At one point she even went to “food rehab” to deal with her addiction, but that failed too.
In October, she told Dr. Oz she underwent her surgical procedure because she was at the end of her rope.
“For 32 years – from 18 to 50 – I tried everything on the planet, and once I had a clean slate with that I said, “You know what? Nothing’s working for me. I’m going to treat this like the addiction that it is. I’m going to get this surgery and use it as a tool,”‘ she said. “That’s all it is, a tool to help me get over it.”