Wouldn’t you know it: As soon as I leave Charleston, South Carolina — where I’ve been vacationing for the past week — one of the biggest celebrity stories in recent months breaks the next day. What’s more, it’s about part-time Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray.
According to the Post & Courier, his wife, Jennifer Butler Murray, has asked for a divorce in Charleston court on the grounds that her husband smokes pot and has an overactive libido. Um, so what exactly is the problem?
Actually, there were a few more complaints: “adultery, addiction to marijuana and alcohol, abusive behavior, physical abuse, sexual addictions and frequent abandonment.” All those were cited in the complaint Mrs. Murray, the actor’s second wife, filed on May 12. The couple has four sons, all under the age of 18.
The crack team at the Post & Courier also managed to track down the couple’s 23-page prenup, which states that Bill will pay Jennifer $7 mil if the marriage is dissolved. Though it’s not entirely clear how the family’s assets will be divided, since Jennifer moved to the couple’s $3.65 Sullivan’s Island home back in 2006, it’s probably safe to assume that she’ll stay there and Bill will keep the Rockland County home — and dibs on all Peter Kelly restaurants.
PDF of divorce filing
Kelly was already a legend in Rockland thanks to Xaviars, Freelance, and Restaurant XÃ¢â‚¬â€all perennial Zagat darlings. But when he took down celebrity chef Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, all of a sudden he became famous to a national audience. Then the May opening of X20 in Yonkers further cemented his rock-star status. As for those people just discovering our hometown hero: What took you so long?
Prediction for 2008: It would be tough to top 2007, but we do have two ideas: First, how about an X20 in Haverstraw? Second, after making mincemeat of Flay, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time to do battle with Mario Batali.
Ed. Note: Kelly was one of the only celebrities to score a “People of the Year” trifecta — making our lists for InTown Westchester, Rockland Magazine, and Suburbarazzi. Well done.
(Photo: Tom Nycz / The Journal News)
The SnedenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Landing smart alec may like to joke about retiring, but if 2007 proved anything, an out-of-work Murray is a restless Murray. While playing golf with Will Smith in March, he ripped off his shirt and began running up and down the fairway flapping his wings (he later explained that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been stung by a bee). Then in MayÃ¢â‚¬â€at the opening of good friend Peter KellyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s X20 restaurant in YonkersÃ¢â‚¬â€he celebrated by hoisting the restaurateur onto his shoulders and doing a victory lap. And then picking up another Kelly, brother Ned, for a second lap. In July, he showed up for his graduation from Regis University 30 years late … and accepted his honorary diploma wearing shorts. And in August, the weirdest incident of all: Police in Stockholm, Sweden, pulled him over for a DUI. The vehicle? A golf cart.
Prediction for 2008: Fortunately, Murray is back making movies again! Keeping him out of trouble right now is City of Ember, a fantasy flick in which Murray plays the mayor of a brightly lit city with a failing generator. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s set to arrive in theaters by October 2008.
Adapted from Ã¢â‚¬Å“People of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬? Rockland Magazine, December 2007
(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)
UPDATED WITH NEW PHOTOS
It was a wild, wild first night at Peter Kelly’s new Yonkers restaurant, X2o. The festivities began at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, for the ceremonial ribbon cutting with mayor Phil Amicone, and culminated with Kelly’s 9 p.m. battle against celebrity chef Bobby Flay on “Iron Chef America.” It’s hard to say that there was just one star of the evening — the new restaurant, the TV battle, or the night’s most notable celebrity guest, Bill Murray — so I’ll talk about all three after the break.
But I will say this up front: Having Bill Murray sit down next to me for dinner (literally, right next to me!) was the biggest treat of the night. Having helped Peter write “Diary of an Iron Chef,” I already knew who won the battle, and I’d already visited the restaurant before for an RNN segment. But getting to booze with a lifelong idol — I think only this quote from “Groundhog Day” can sum up my sentiments: “Whatever happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I’m happy now.”
Iron Chef. Battle of the Grill. Local chef Peter Kelly vs. celebrity restaurateur Bobby Flay. Need we say more? Yes? OK, then watch this RNN segment (from yesterday’s broadcast):
Download the full RNN clip:
And on Monday, be sure to read Liz Johnson’s story in The Journal News about the battle, and then check Kelly’s own “Diary of an Iron Chef,” which tells the story of how he prepared for the battle. Both should be up online Monday, along with an extended photo gallery of the battle.
Remember how, back when Suburbarazzi debuted in October, one of our first posts was about the impending Iron Chef battle of Bobby Flay (left) vs. Peter Kelly? Well, thanks to intrepid food editor Liz Johnson, we finally have an air date for you:
May 27 at 9 p.m. on The Food Network.
It’s a little odd that the episode has been delayed so friggin long and that it’s been scheduled on a holiday. I suppose Memorial Day kinda ties in with the show’s “Battle of the Grills” concept, but still.
If Kelly can give birth to institutions like Xaviers, Restaurant X, and the forthcoming X20 in Yonkers, he could easily carry sweeps timeslot.
“Iron Chef America with Peter Kelly: We Have An Air Date” [Small Bites]
This just in from the dynamic duo of Liz Sadler and Liz Johnson (aka Liz squared): Mario Batali’s business partner is now the proud owner of the Tarry Lodge restaurant in Port Chester. That partner would be Joe Bastianich of Greenwich, CT, who Liz squared reports is currently in the midst of gutting the space after a fire last October.
Could this mean that with both Peter Kelly and Batali (or at least, Batali’s compadre) setting their sites on Westchester, we’ll get a sequel to the Iron Chef Kelly-v-Flay battle of ’06? If I were Batali, I’d be quaking in my Crocs.
“Mario BataliÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s partner purchases Port Chester restaurant” [Small Bites]
Oh, how we like to kid! We can’t say who won last week’s face-off between Peter Kelly and Bobby Flay, but our esteemed colleague, Journal News food editor Liz Johnson, does a fantastic job documenting the exciting battle over at her blog, Small Bites.
Look for more wall-to-wall coverage of Kelly v. Flay next February (or March), when the episode finally airs. Until then, “embargo” is the magic word.
“BEHIND THE SCENES AT IRON CHEF” (Small Bites)
Apparently I am the only person in the United States who isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t obsessed with The Iron Chef on the Food Network. But for the rest of humanity, the following news will probably be pretty exciting:
This year the competitionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s theme is: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Battle of the GrillsÃ¢â‚¬? and was taped this morning in Manhattan. And Peter Kelly, the top restaurateur in the Lower Hudson Valley (with three eateries in Rockland and an upcoming opening in Westchester) took on mega-chef Bobby Flay.
So there you have it, Pretty Boy Bobby Flay VS. Hometown Hero Peter Kelly.