04/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

John Cleese Successfully Halves Payout For Ex-Wife

John Cleese has successfully halved the £1.3million-a-year divorce settlement he had described as 'feeding the beast'.

A judge in the U.S. agreed with the Fawlty Towers and Monty Python star that the maintenance he had been ordered to pay to his third wife, American Alyce Faye Eichelberger, 64, was excessive.

Cleese, 69, will still have to pay around £57,000 a month to Miss Eichelberger, to whom he was married for 15 years.
John Cleese with wife Alyce Faye at a movie premiere in 2001

Happier times: John Cleese with wife Alyce Faye at a movie premiere in 2001 - now they are settling for divorce

A source close to the star said: 'The settlement has been cut back because it was unrealistic. The lawyers had been wrangling for some time.

'They are still fighting it out, but I think a final decision is expected in the next two weeks.'

Cleese's divorce from psychotherapist Miss Eichelberger has been one of the most acrimonious in showbusiness.
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He said recently: 'In my 70th year I will still be spending two months a year doing work that is of no interest to me and which is probably slightly spiritually depleting in order to feed the beast.'

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