The former husband and wife are staying civil for the sake of their daughter

By Jessica Herndon
Updated July 14, 2008 04:30 PM
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Bobby Brown and his ex-wife Whitney Houston are back to being on civil terms after going through an acrimonious split and custody battle.

“We’re cordial,” Brown said last Thursday at the CMT session for the television critics association press tour in Beverly Hills. “We’re friends.”

The former couple have remained civil, he says, for the sake of their 15-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina. “She’s doing really well and growing up really good,” he adds of his daughter, who lives in Atlanta with her mom.

Meanwhile, Brown is returning to reality TV in August as he teams up with Maureen McCormick and Carnie Wilson for the CMT show Outsider’s Inn, a spin-off of sorts from the first season of Gone Country in which the three reunite to run a bed and breakfast.

McCormick has called the program “a mix of the Bob Newhart Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Simple Life and The Office.” McCormick is the innkeeper, Carnie Wilson is the cook, and Brown – of course – is the entertainment coordinator.

Despite suffering a mild heart attack last year, Brown, who plans release a tell-all book soon and has a new album due in August, assures that his “health is fine.”

But during a taping of his show, he was worried about a different kind of bodily harm. Shooting! In an Outsider’s Inn episode, Brown goes bear hunting with the locals. “I just made sure I stayed in the back because sometimes when you’re going out in the woods with a bunch of rednecks the dark one gets shot,” he says. “So I stayed in the back with my gun, ready, just in case they made a mistake and pointed things my way.”

Still he adds, “It was a lot of fun chasing bears through the woods. You wouldn’t expect me to enjoy that but I did.”