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10/15/2014 10:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

He Was Too Tired For Sex 21 Years Ago -- Now This 'Oprah Show' Couple Has An Unusual Arrangement (VIDEO)

In 1993, Alice Grove and Vern Worsham appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to talk about an obstacle in their marriage: Just four years after their wedding, Alice and Vern's sex life had slowed to a halt. Vern, it turns out, was always too tired, and the couple had started sleeping in separate rooms after his snoring became too loud for Alice to handle.

Alice joked that her husband was "a 37-year-old-man going on 80," but was eager to get their love life back on track. Vern, however, didn't have the energy for sex and attempted to explain why he seemed to always avoid lovemaking.

"Alice and I are under a lot of strain. Alice has her own business; my job is real demanding," he said back then.

"He's always too tired! 'Oh, baby, I'm so tired,'" Alice said in a slow drawl like her husband's, as the studio audience chuckled.

"When we have sex, Alice always complains... 'I just didn't get anything out of that,'" Vern said, doing an impression of his own. "I just don't have any more energy to keep it going!"

"'Oh, baby, I'm so tired,'" Alice repeated.

Ever since that show, Alice and Vern became known around Harpo Studios as the "Baby, I'm so tired" couple. Now, 21 years later, "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" checked in on the memorable duo to see if they were able to make their marriage work and get back into the same bedroom. The answer is yes -- and no.

"Vern is still too tired," Alice says with her husband still by her side. "'Oh, baby, I'm too tired.'"

"It's 'cause I work all the time," Vern says, smiling. "I don't know, it's just not a real priority for us anymore."

The two never had children -- "We ain't trying to get none, either," Vern says -- and no longer sleep in separate bedrooms. Today, their arrangement is a little more unusual.

"On the show, we slept in separate rooms. Now, we sleep in separate houses," Alice says.

The farm they live on has two homes -- Alice sleeps in one and Vern sleeps in the other. Still, they enjoy being married and going on dates in which they go to dinner and spend the evening together.

"We visit each other," Alice says. "We get along much better. I think it's the perfect way for some married couples to stay together, be happy."

"Everything's been good," Vern agrees. "Pretty good partnership here."

"We've stayed together this long," Alice adds. "Twenty-five years, we've been married. Sometimes, we just have to make sure he's not 'oh-so-tired!'"

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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