It’s not exactly a secret that KISS star Gene Simmons proposed to his longtime partner Shannon Tweed on Tuesday night’s season finale of Gene Simmons Family Jewels. After 28 years of being what Simmons has termed “happily unmarried,” there’s been so much advance publicity for this moment that people living on remote islands in largely unpopulated parts of the world are probably trading smoke signals about it this morning.
What is still a secret is whether Tweed actually accepted his proposal. Last night’s episode ended with an appropriately emotional down-on-one-knee soliloquy from the usually reticent rocker. “I’ve been a jack*ss all my life,” Simmons admitted. “Before I say anything else I really want to apologize for being so selfish and only thinking about myself.
“You’re the only friend I’ve got,” Simmons told the mother of his two grown children. “You’re the only one I love, you’re the only one I ever will love. I used to watch movies where they say, ‘I can’t live without you,’ but for me it’s true. Shannon, please marry me.”
There was a long pause while the camera lingered dramatically on Tweed’s face and then, in a move worthy of Dallas’ famous ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ cliffhanger, the frame froze on the words “To be continued.”
“Trust me.It was the hardest decision I ever had to make.My whole life flashed before my eyes,” Tweed posted to Twitter during the show. “Did you see how long I stood there? Mind racing.”
The only thing missing was a body floating in a pool, and it’s hard to escape the notion that if the ratings justified it, Simmons might have arranged for that, too. This is, after all, a man who markets his face on condoms and caskets.
Of course, the proposal actually happened months ago, and whatever is going to happen has already happened, but Tweed has been coy about her decision. She told People magazine recently that she had moved out of the home she shared with Simmons and that there was a “slim chance” of a reconciliation, adding, “You’re seeing this happy family, but in my heart, I am dying.”
Tweed has also indicated that she’s tired of having cameras intrude into her family’s life and looks forward to the day the show will end. “I hate it. I really do,” she told the Times Colonist. “I really thought we’d do a couple of shows, not even seasons, and people would lose interest and it would go away.
“I was happily retired, you know – president of the PTA and taking my kids to school every day, and then he [Simmons] came up with this cockamamie idea.”
That doesn’t seem to be stopping Tweed from participating in the inevitable build up to next year’s season launch. “I love you all!!!” she tweeted at the conclusion of last night’s episode. “See you in the fall!!!!”
Let’s just hope that next season doesn’t kick off with Simmons’ body floating in the pool.