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Doug Hutchison opens up about his controversial marriage to his teenage wife Courtney Stodden in the upcoming seasons of Vh1's "Couples Therapy."
The 52-year-old actor has received widespread criticism about his marriage to the 17-year-old pop artist, who is 35 years his junior. In a new interview, Hutchison reveals that he has been labeled a pedophile by his critics and even received death threats over their marriage.
"I got death threats calling me a pedophile, calling me a pervert. My agent dropped me, my manager said by marrying Courtney was like taking a gun and shooting my career in the head," Hutchison told Vh1.
Hutchison, who is now in his third marriage, wed Stodden, who was just 16 at the time, on May 20, 2011. Their marriage led to Hutchison's family disowning him.
"I got a call from my brother and he said to me 'Doug you and Courtney are no longer welcome.' My mother vehemently said that she didn't want anything to do with Courtney and me," he said.
"I'm saddened that my family has decided to disown me, but it was my destiny to marry Courtney,' he insisted.
Stodden, who proudly refers to herself as "Doug's Girl" on her personal Twitter page, admitted that she calls her husband "Dad."
"I call him 'Dad' instead of 'Doug' sometimes," Stodden said in the Vh1 video, with Hutchison adding, "See, this is the thing ... I'm raising my wife!"
The odd couple will be joined by other celebrity couples, including former "Real Housewives of New York" stars Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen on the hit reality show.
The season is likely to be filled with chaos and the pair appears to be at the center of all the drama. They are seen clashing with at least one other couple at the very beginning of taping in a preview video.