Kelsey Grammer: I Was Snubbed by the Emmys for Being Republican (VIDEO)
Kelsey Grammer was notably absent from this year’s Emmy nominations considering he won a Golden Globe in 2012 for Best Actor for his role as Mayor Tom Kane on the Starz drama, Boss.
Why does the actor think the Emmys gave him no love this year?
On Tuesday night, Grammer, 57, appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and told the host that it may have something to do with his political affiliations.
“It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible… I mean… I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood,” to which Leno let out a fake gasp.
“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 ooooooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’ I don’t believe that’s possible,” he continued sarcastically.
Leno’s response? “You can’t think that way.” He was quick to point out that the actor has five Emmys already, mostly for his role as the uppity Frasier Crane on Frasier. He also won an Emmy in 2006 for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance on The Simpsons.
Leno also mentioned that perhaps some voters had not seen his show as it is on the Starz Network and its ratings steadily decreased over the season. Emmy or not, audience or not, Starz is sticking by the series. The show was picked up for a second season prior to any episodes airing.
Boss returns Friday, August 17 on Starz. Watch the interview above.
Do you think Grammer's politics kept him from being nominated this year?