"He's an awesome person, they're both awesome people, they're my dearest friends," said Somers

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Suzanne Somers is thrilled for Barry Manilow and his new husband, longtime manager Garry Kief.

The actress, who’s a good friend of Manilow’s, said that the couple has indeed tied the knot while appearing on Watch What Happens Live Thursday evening.

“They’re married and they’re happy and I was there when it was announced,” Somers said in response to a question from a caller.

“He’s extremely private, extremely,” said Somers. “I think it was very difficult, and it’s very difficult for me to talk about, so I want to do it with complete respect and love.”

She added: “He’s an awesome person, they’re both awesome people, they’re my dearest friends.”

A friend of the couple’s told PEOPLE that Manilow and Kief swapped vows at a “lunch” at the singer’s Palm Springs, California, home last year.

They “are committed to one another and have been for a very long time,” a Manilow source said. “They have a great relationship.”