Kelsey Grammer, star of the hit television series Frasier and its new sequel on streaming service Paramount+ sat for an interview with BBC interviewer Justin Webb and told him that he still supports former President Donald Trump. The interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today ended rather abruptly shortly after.
Grammer, 68, who recently starred in the film Jesus Revolution, has made no mystery of his conservativism and his past support of Trump. But Webb asked the actor who had previously mentioned Trump-supporting comedienne and actress Roseanne Barr if, like her, he still supported the former President.
“You mentioned Roseanne early on, who had a great comeback, but also was a Trump supporter, you were, at least you were a Trump supporter, I’m fascinated to know if you still are?”
Grammer answered matter-of-factly,
“I am, and that’s about all, let that be the end of it.”
Webb told his audience once the interview had concluded, “I have to say, actually, Kelsey Grammer himself was perfectly happy to go on talking about it,” before adding, “the Paramount+ PR people, less happy that he talked about it at some length.”
“Anyway they decided we’d had plenty of time for our interview,” he continued.
He concluded, “But I should stress that he was perfectly happy to talk about why he supports Donald Trump and still does in the coming election.”
The new series of Frasier finds the titular character portrayed by Grammer decades later reconnecting with his Firefighter son Frederick having returned to Boston, the setting for his character’s debut in Cheers. Grammer has told reporters that the new series represents Dr. Frasier Crane’s “third or fourth act” and claimed they “may be funnier” than the original 90s series, according to the Independent.
Deadline noted in its report, “Grammer has previously expressed support for Trump—a relatively rare position for a TV and movie star to take—and he also used his BBC interview to back Roseanne.”
Grammer mainly discussed the Frasier sequel but also spoke briefly about the horrific murder of his sister at age 18, which he has recently written about and spoken openly of. “I spent a good chunk of my lifetime grieving and possibly stopping myself from growing because of that,” he said.
When he spoke with Fox News about the new show he said, “I wanted to prove to myself and to other people, of course, that Frasier was still interesting and still watchable and still funny. Those were important parts of it. But also, I thought there were more stories to tell about this character because there’s more stories to tell in our own lives.”