John Cleese ‘wishes all his ex-wives would die’

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Monty Python star John Cleese is never one to mince words when it comes to his ex-wives.

But the 77-year-old star has gone even further than usual this time, telling a US chat show host that he hopes trees fall on his two surviving wives to kill them off quickly.

Er, OK John.

The Fawlty Towers star married his fourth wife Jennifer (above) four years ago – but not before he was forced to pay out an eye-watering £25million in divorce settlements to ex-partners Connie Booth, Barbara Trentham and Alyce Cleese over the years.

“I have been married 34 years – wait, wait – to four different wives,” Cleese told Conan O’Brien. “One of my ex-wives died – died. You know that? It was very sad because it was the wrong one.

Asked if he had “anger or hatred” towards any of his exes, he continued: “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 a number of years. Something quick like a tree falling on them.”

The outspoken actor, who made millions from Hollywood comedies including A Fish Called Wanda, also moaned that his daughters Cynthia and Camilla have “ended up like their mothers.”

Cynthia was born in 1971 during his first marriage to Fawlty Towers co-star Connie Booth, while Camilla was born in his second marriage in 1984.

Both will have been delighted to hear his musings about having kids, too: “I think the secret is not to have children,” he explained.

“Children are the cause of most of the misery in the world. They cost 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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