Monday, February 20, 2012
I know a lot of conjecture is running around about whether or not Grant Wilson is divorced and that is why he's leaving "Ghost Hunters" show. I recently wrote a post giving him accolades for what he has done in the field, but most especially for his team that needed the balance of someone so sensitive and calm.
Yes, he did not have a wedding ring on during the announcement episode, it's true, but there are a million reasons a man does not wear his ring and one of those could be divorce and others quite practical or symbolic. It is hard to try and balance a career in which ones goes from a plumber and website designer who is raising 3 kids and married to a sudden celebrity who is traveling the globe, giving talks and ghost hunts, as well as public engagements required of him as a TV celebrity and working a magazine and buying an inn.
There is no instruction booklet on how to handle things that happen overnight; just ask any bewildered lottery winner. It can hurt relationships to have success even more than having defeat. Once success is achieved, the level of work that got you there must continue and the demands from every source gain exponentially.
The fact that he realized he had an important personal decision to make and he chose his personal life over his professional life, he earned even more respect in my eyes. No matter what Grant faces ahead of him, he can know that he took the greatest risk of all - happiness over dollars.
Good luck and safe voyage.
Update: Someone has pointed out that on Grant's Twitter he said he was having his 15th anniversary with his lovely wife, so it can be assumed there was no divorce. The show was filmed some time ago and it's entirely possible that he was separated and leaving the show was the necessary sacrifice, but also there could have been issues with his health, other members of the team, and any other number of variables in his personal life that made him leave a popular show. Still, no matter what his reasons for leaving his gravy train, I respect the hell out of him for taking the higher road. May that road have a beautiful view and lots of new opportunities.
MORE UPDATE: Grant speaks here.
at 2:28 PM