Kelsey Grammer, the star of Boss on Starz, suggested last night that he may have been snubbed by the Emmys because of his Republican leanings.
Grammer’s role as a ruthless Chicago mayor won him a Golden Globe, yet he isn’t even among the 2012 Emmy nominees, which Jay Leno was puzzled by.
The Tonight Show host asked Grammer why that was. His response:
“It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible… I mean, I am a… I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood.”
“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 ooooooooooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’ [Cue sarcasm.] I don’t believe that’s possible.”
Grammer has won Emmys for Cheers, Frazier, and even The Simpsons, but he claims he only publicized his political views after his last win (2006).
The rebuttal to Grammer’s comment is that no matter how good he is on Boss, it’s on Starz, and only has around 300,000 viewers per episode.
It’s possible liberal voters don’t care for his politics, but how many even know that about him, let alone care? Enough to cost him an Emmy nod?
Also, if any voters snubbed Kelsey for personal reasons (a big if), wouldn’t his ugly, public split with Camille Grammer be a more likely reason?
You be the judge: Think Kelsey is snubbed because of his views?