TODAY   |  September 08, 2012

Fans react to Poehler-Arnett split

Life took a serious turn for comedic couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett when they announced their separation, and fans are in disbelief. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.

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>>> of another hollywood couple who may be calling it quits. for years, they've made us laugh, but this week, life took a serious turn for comedian and actress amy poehler and actor-comedian will arnett with the announcement that they're separating. nbc 's michelle franzen has more. [ laughter ]

>> do i really laugh like that?

>> oh, well --

>> well, well.

>> reporter: comedic couple amy poehler and will arnett have taken a serious turn with their relationship, announcing through their publicist they are separating.

>> the statement was just that they've separated and that it was amicable.

>> reporter: the pair married for nine years seemed to have it all, sharing the joy of their two young boys and thriving careers. the former "snl" star is currently nominated for two primetime emmys for nbc 's "parks and recreation."

>> but if he is, i will kill him.

>> reporter: arnett is enjoying success on his own series, "up all night," and his emmy-nominated guest role on " 30 rock ."

>> you don't tell me what kind of pizza to like!

>> reporter: as well as a reunion of the cult favorite series "arrested development."

>> they're both enjoying success, but with that success comes what we always hear, conflicting schedules.

>> reporter: they seem to be one of those celebrity couples fans identified with.

>> one of those hollywood couples you really don't want to break up. you like watching them grow together.

>> i'm happy to hear amy's on the market now, but it's still quite upsetting.

>> reporter: many took to the internet to express their disbelief and grief. posted on twitter included, "i feel like my best friends have broken up. saddest celebrity split ever." and "i want to move away until amy poehler and will arnett can work things out."

>> it makes you kind of think, god, if it happens to them, it could happen to anyone.

>> reporter: they are the latest celebrity couple to call it quits, from heidi klum and seal to tom and katie and the shocking breakup of kristen stewart and robert pattinson , after she publicly apologized for having an affair. meanwhile, fans of poehler and arnett are still holding out hope love and laughs will win out.

>> so, there is a chance that they could get back together, and i know a lot of people on the sidelines in hollywood are rooting for hem.

>> reporter: for "today," michelle franzen , nbc