Huh? Five-Time Emmy Winner and 17-Time Nominee Kelsey Grammer Says His Republican Politics May Have Cost Him an Emmy Nod This Year — Watch the Video

Aug 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

By Chuck Ross

TV stalwart Kelsey Grammer — one of the most heavily decorated actors in Emmys history with five trophies and 17 nominations, for “Cheers,” “Frasier” and other TV projects — says he may have been overlooked this year for his work on the Starz series “Boss” because he’s a Republican, E! News reports.

This may be news to this year’s Emmy drama acting nominees Steve Buscemi of "Boardwalk Empire," Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," Michael C. Hall of "Dexter," Hugh Bonneville of "Downton Abbey," Damian Lewis of "Homeland" and Jon Hamm of "Mad Men." 

Here at TVWeek we wonder who Grammer would drop from this list to have himself included instead. We doubt that most Academy members know the political affiiliations of any of these nominees, or that most of them care that Grammer is a Republican — if they even knew or remembered that. 

Grammer talked about being an “out-of-the-closet Republican in Hollywood” last night on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Here’s the video — with the political talk coming after the 3-minute mark:


  1. Seriously? I think it’s more likely he’s just saying this to get some publicity. What a jerk.

  2. Grammer’s performance in Boss was tremendous, but the list of overlooked lead actors in a dramatic series includes Hugh Laurie for House, Tim Olyphant for Justified, Michael Cudlitz for Southland and, oh yes, Dustin Hoffman for Luck.
    Even if Grammer’s complaint about political bias had a shred of merit, he should just shut up and enjoy keeping such distinguished company.

  3. there is no doubt the slobbering hollywood lap dogs loved hugh laurie and his Bush era hatred.

  4. “Slobbering hollywood lap dogs”
    Seriously? That’s your response? From my own experience, there’s a lot of people on both sides of the political aisle in this town, especially when you deal with below-the-line folks.
    Like the article says, if it were a matter of politics, Kelsey wouldn’t be one of the most-awarded (and highest-paid) actors of all time.
    You think, maybe, it might be because virtually no one watches Starz??

  5. All part of the vast left wing conspiracy.

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