Did politics cost Kelsey Grammer?


Kelsey Grammer, the star of Boss on Starz, earned a Golden Globe for his work on the first season of the show. But when he wasn't nominated for an Emmy, he revealed what he believes to be the reason: Politics, according to a Hollywood Reporter story.

Grammer, the former star of Cheers and Frasier, is a proud Republican and does political activism for the party. Appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Grammer explained his thoughts.

"It's hard to figure... It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible... I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood,” he said. "Do I believe it’s possible that some young person, young voting actor -- or even older voting member for the Emmys -- would sit there and go, 'Yeah, that’s a great performance, but ooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’"

He sarcastically said that would be impossible.

In his storied career, Grammer has won six Emmys - five for playing Frasier Crane. All of those wins happened prior to his political activism. But the sixth, for work with The Simpsons, happened afterwards in 2006.

Grammer endorsed Rudy Giuliani in the GOP primary in 2008, before switching to John McCain. This year, he backed Rep. Michele Bachmann. He also has discussed running for mayor of New York City when he retires from acting.

What do you think? Is that the reason?

- Boss
- Kelsey Grammer
- starz

Written by: Hamatosan
Aug 15th, 2012, 1:49 pm



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Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2013, 9:53 pm

George C. Scott had it right, Hollywood awards shows are a joke, a "meat parade" as Scott put it. I mean, how can you compare two different actors playing two different roles with two different directors, casts and crews, etc, and say one is better than the other?

Subjective judging is difficult enough when two actors play the same role and speak the same dialogue. The Emmys. Oscars, etc should just flip a coin.


Message Posted On Aug 15th, 2012, 6:17 pm
A brilliant actor, sure. But Michele Bachmann?(!) That hurtsed my brain a little bit. Not to be undiplomatic, but what an idiot. But, yeah, in that context, Emmy-Con-whining is not that much of a mental illness stretch. Ah, to be white again, and a man, and super-rich. I'm sick of being discriminated. RE:Boss - keep up the great work, Grammer/Starz! Looking forward to the 2nd season (and beyond!).

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Message Posted On Aug 15th, 2012, 2:36 pm

I agree with mcpherson.


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Message Posted On Aug 15th, 2012, 2:14 pm

I think trying to bring up the 'Conservative victim' card is a wrong move on Grammer's part. He's a fantastic actor, and he definitely deserved a nod for Boss. But to bring politics into it -- regardless of whether or not it's true -- seems like the sort of move a less talented actor would make.

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