The comedic-actor and host of the popular "Armchair Expert" podcast kept true to his genuine persona when he spoke about raising his and Bell's two daughters, Lincoln and Delta, with "The View" co-hosts on Tuesday.
Sunny Hostin pointed out that Shepard that he and Bell are "very intentional when it comes to parenting," and that she recently learned through Bell's interview with Pop Sugar that they make it a point to settle their personal spats in front of their daughters.
"Kids constantly observe their parents get into fights, but generally parents make up behind closed doors," Shepard said. "You're giving them the skills to fight, but you're not really demonstrating the skills to resolve things."
"It couldn't be more awkward," Shepard continued. "They don't want to witness us get back together, but we have done it."
Hostin told Shepard that she and her husband of 20 years opt to take a "timeout" when they argue and until they can bring it behind closed doors. Shepard said he feels not fighting in front of their kids isn't "real."
"I want them to leave our house with all the skill set[s]," Shepard responded. "I don't want them to get into real life and go, wait, people fight? You know – Yes, they do."
Married since 2013, it's hard to imagine the Hollywood couple arguing about anything, but Shepard reminded the co-hosts that they're just two human beings.
"It's endless compromise, and within compromise comes friction," Shepard said about marriage. "I don't think there's a couple alive that's not learning to dissipate friction."
When Shepard and Bell joined "The View" in February, they were transparent about the "hard work" they put into their relationship.
"To be honest, we are pretty open about it because we feel an obligation to say, 'Hey, it's a ton of work,'" Shepard said about his marriage to Bell at the time. "We feel an obligation to share that we started in therapy."
Bell added that when it comes to relationships "hard works yields the best results."
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