Don’t ask Dr. Frasier Crane about his politics. A BBC interview with Frasier star Kelsey Grammer was reportedly cut short by the actor’s publicists after Grammer said that he still supports former president Donald Trump and intended to vote for him in the upcoming election.
Justin Webb, a journalist for BBC Radio 4, asked Grammer whether he still considers himself a fan of the ex-president. “I am, and I’ll let that be the end of it,” said Grammer. According to Webb, though, that was not really the end of it. “I have to say, actually, Kelsey Grammer himself was perfectly happy to go on talking about it,” the journalist later said on air. “The Paramount+ PR people, less happy that he talked about it at some length so…they decided we’d had plenty of time for our interview.”
“But I should stress that he was perfectly happy to talk about why he supports Donald Trump and still does in the coming election,” continued Webb.
Grammer has also expressed support for another ’90s sitcom star and Trump supporter: Roseanne Barr. During his BBC interview, according to Deadline, Grammer backed Barr, who was fired from the Roseanne reboot after posting a racist tweet about former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Grammer has been outspoken about his politics in the past as well, sharing publicly that he voted for Trump in both 2016 and 2020. In 2019, he said his political views hadn’t had a negative effect on his career.
He may be right. Grammer recently returned to the character that made him a household name, psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane, whom Grammer played on Cheers from 1984 to 1993 and then on the Emmy-winning Frasier from 1993 to 2004. Paramount+ rebooted Frasier in October with Grammer and Only Fools and Horses star Nicholas Lyndhurst. In her review of the reboot, Vanity Fair television correspondent Joy Press said it has an uncanny effect: “The look and sound of the original Frasier has been reconstructed—yet the spirit has gone AWOL.”
Vanity Fair has reached out to Paramount+ for comment.
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