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When Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman-Hutt went on the Today show Monday to talk about their new book Whateverland, most people expected the drama to come from Alexis dishing on the less-than-kind things she said about her mother Martha Stewart in the semi-autobiographical tome. But she and Koppelman-Hutt took audiences by cringe-inducing surprise when the former radio cohosts and BFFs revealed that they're no longer friends.
And it doesn't appear to be a mutually arrived at parting of ways. In the interview, Stewart, 46, admitted that she and Koppelman-Hutt have "broken up" -- her words, not ours -- since completing the book, and basically said she's no longer interested in maintaining their friendship. In fact, Stewart repeatedly compared the relationship's unraveling to a marriage ending in divorce. Koppelman-Hutt, on the other hand, said that she still loves Stewart as a friend, and would be all for rekindling their gal-mance -- though she knows Stewart isn't interested. (Watch the first uncomfortable part of the interview below and the second, more uncomfortable, part at the bottom of the post.)
"She doesn't need me!" Koppelman-Hutt said, clearly uncomfortable. "Would I still be friends with Alexis? Sure! Do I understand that I'm not really her type in terms of a friend? Sure! So it's okay."
When iVillage interviewed the duo about their radio show Whatever, Martha in 2009, they were still best friends. During Monday's interview, however, Stewart and Koppelman-Hutt acknowledged that their friendship fell apart because Koppelman-Hutt was too "clingy."
Stewart left their radio show, Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer, in June, and Koppelman-Hutt now hosts the program by herself. They insist that there was nothing specific that caused the rift in their friendship -- but rather Stewart just stopped being interested. Koppelman-Hutt said she would love to be able to send Stewart an email to ask her about her daughter Jude, but she knows that's not going to happen.
Despite all this talk about their own falling out, the co-authors did find time to address the unflattering things they wrote about Martha Stewart. Though Martha has said that she knows the book was written in good fun (she even called it "hilarious" and "enlightening" when talking about it on her show), Alexis still wanted to clear the air about the anecdotes she included about her famous mother.
"(The bad stories are) what people want to believe, because she is incredibly talented," Alexis said. She added that she could understand why people would get the wrong impression when her horror stories are "taken out of context," but she doesn't believe they offer a negative perspective on her mother. "I don't think they're less than flattering," she said. "I think they're just truths."