Frasier Crane may be listening, but Paramount doesn’t want anyone to hear what he has to say. During an interview with BBC to promote the revival of his classic sitcom Frasier, Kelsey Grammer was asked whether he was still a supporter of President Donald Trump, as he was in 2016 and 2020. Grammer respondeds, “I am, and I’ll let that be the end of it.” But, according to interviewer Justin Webb (via Deadline), Grammer had more to say and was “perfectly happy” to discuss his political positions. However, the Paramount+ public relations department intervened and cut the interview short, presumably not wanting what they consider bad press for the show, resulting in Grammer’s brief response. Webb stressed how congenial Grammer was about the subject, saying, “I should stress that he was perfectly happy to talk about why he supports Donald Trump and still does in the coming election.” Earlier in the interview, Grammer voiced support for Roseanne Barr, who was fired from the show she created and which was named after her ostensibly for a social media joke deemed racist (which she said was made while she was being medicated) but, it’s largely assumed, mostly because she is a Trump supporter.
Frasier star Kelsey Grammer confirms he still supports Trump
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In this case, the BBC is not the bad guy; they were willing to let Grammer talk, and the interviewer was enthusiastic to hear his thoughts. But Paramount, or at least their PR flunkies, didn’t want to be associated with Donald Trump or conservatism. On a certain level, I get it, especially as this is Hollywood, where the slightest hint of support for anything to the right of Mao Zedong will get your career destroyed. But it’s getting tiring seeing this happen again and again. If Grammer supported any Democrat, he’d have been fine. And this mentality is increasingly frustrating because they’re misjudging their audience, which is not entirely left of center. This shouldn’t be news to them, either; Grammer has talked about his conservatism for decades now. But in certain industries, unpopular (to them) opinions have to be kept quiet.
If you want to have some fun, go on social media and see how many people who were apoplectic over Melissa Barrera being fired from Scream 7 want Kelsey Grammer gone.