*As Holly Robinson Peete prepares for the Oct. 18 debut of her CBS talk show, the actress and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, were reported to owe more than $156,000 in delinquent federal taxes, according to public records.
The IRS filed a $156,573 lien against the couple July 22 with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds. According to documents provided by Holly Robinson Peete, the couple owe federal income taxes from 2008.
The couple says they had no idea of the tax lien until being contacted by The Detroit News. They were surprised because the lien was filed despite conversations with the IRS, Rodney Peete said.
“This is a tough situation. We were both blindsided by this,” he said, adding that they have fired their accountant. “We had been in conversations with the IRS for a few months now and were working through paperwork and things like that.”
According to the Detroit News, the couple had some cash-flow problems in 2008 and 2009 after jobs fell through. And they were faced with paying insurance costs this year after his NFL insurance plan expired and expenses associated with their son’s autism and schooling.
Peete, 44, was drafted in the sixth round in 1989 by the Lions and played for the team for five seasons. He played for five other teams before retiring in 2005 and launching a broadcasting career that included hosting Fox Sports Network’s “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” He and his wife host “Meet the Peetes” on Oprah Radio.
Holly Robinson Peete, runner-up to Bret Michaels earlier this year on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” married Rodney Peete in 1995. The former star of Fox’s “21 Jump Street” and ABC’s “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” recently landed a co-hosting gig on “The Talk,” a new CBS daytime talk show debuting next month.
“The NFL is the craziest, most violent sport, and its insurance is the worst,” Peete said. But with his wife’s new show and several new endorsement campaigns, they should have the money to pay off the tax debt soon, he said. He estimated they now owe about $20,000.
“We’re just a family trying to do the best we can,” Robinson Peete said. “We ran into an issue and we’re dealing with it.”