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: