El Moussas of ‘Flip or Flop’ separate, but keep HGTV show running

It looks like HGTV “Flip or Flop” stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa have flipped and flopped.

The couple, who seem nearly perfect as they make over nasty houses (and sell them at a nice profit) have separated after an incident involving guns and an alleged suicide attempt, TMZ reports.

Their conflict became public in May when deputies responded to “a call of a possibly suicidal male with a gun” at the couple’s Orange County home.

Apparently 11 deputies and a helicopter arrived on the scene.

Witnesses told authorities they saw Tarek grab a gun from his safe, run out the back door and flee down a hiking trail. Shortly after,

Christina was seen running out of the house crying and shaking.

The helicopter saw Tarek, and he was told to drop his weapon. He complied and told deputies he had no intention of hurting himself. He said he wanted to “blow off some steam,” and brought the gun for mountain lions and rattlesnakes.

Deputies went back to the house and ended up seizing five guns.

The couple released a statement saying they’ve decided to separate while they reevaluate their marriage, and called the gun incident an “unfortunate misunderstanding.”

They have agreed to co-parenting their two children, and are continuing to work on their TV show.

An announcement from HGTV said “Flip or Flop” is remaining on the air and “will continue production as scheduled.”

GOLDEN GLOBE NODS

On Monday, Don Cheadle, Laura Dern and Anna Kendrick announced nominees for the 74th Golden Globe Awards, which will be given in a Jan. 8 show in Los Angeles hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

“La La Land” leads the film nominees with seven mentions, followed by “Moonlight” with six. On the TV side, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” got five, and “The Night Manager” got four.

Meryl Streep, who was nominated this year for her role in “Florence Foster Jenkins” (and has eight Golden Globes and 29 nominations), also will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

QUICK TAKES

Personal-finance website WalletHub’s report on 2016’s “most sinful cities” interestingly includes eight California locales among the 10 “least sinful cities”: Santa Clarita, Glendale, Irvine, Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Chula Vista, Fremont and San Jose. … Felisha Dias, 16, from Turlock, won a singing contest and will be the National Anthem soloist at the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium Dec. 28.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Taylor Swift is 27. … Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 49. … Reality TV star NeNe Leakes is 50. … Actor Steve Buscemi is 59. … Actress Wendie Malick is 66. … Singer Ted Nugent is 68. … Politician Anna Eshoo is 74. … Poet Jack Hirschman is 83. … Actor Christopher Plummer is 87. … Actor Dick Van Dyke is 91. … Statesman George P. Shultz is 96.

— Staff, wire reports

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