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Oh, Piers. When will you learn? A celebrity like Kelsey Grammer believes he has better things to talk about than the salacious details behind his acrimonious divorce! Inciting yet another star's ire (remember the Madonna brouhaha?),
In our fascinating age of social media, Piers' Twitter followers immediately knew what happened next. "Kelsey Grammer was supposed to be on my show now but ran out of the building," tweeted Morgan. "Strange." Then he offered an update: "So, Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex wife Camille in the open to our show and legged it. Extraordinary. Never had this happen before." And then more commentary: "I had a very friendly chat with Kelsey backstage. He said he was really looking forward to the interview. Weird...I like Kelsey Grammer personally, but this was a shockingly unprofessional thing to do. I wasn't even going to mention his ex-wife!"
Grammer didn't issue a Twitter retort. But his publicist Stan Rosenfield gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Piers needs to take responsibility for what he did to Kelsey. It's called accountability."
Rosenfield has a point. Could it be that Morgan really wasn't going to ask about Camille, Kelsey's scorned third wife who took their marital woes public on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Please! Morgan, a former British tabloid editor, knows that the Camille debacle is endlessly more interesting to viewers than Grammer's work on Boss.
Yes, Boss is a critically acclaimed, well-written show with profound themes and all that. But the great drama in interviewing Grammer is learning how different he is from his iconic character, Frasier Crane. For Piers Morgan Tonight to flash a photo of Camille, and then not ask about her, would be a mean-spirited tease to the viewing audience. It's the sort of trick that would make people grab their remotes. Might as well switch over to watch a Modern Family repeat instead. Morgan wouldn't let that happen.
And of course Grammer knows that. So he made himself scarce. It's hard to blame the guy, since Grammer had already talked about Camille extensively with Morgan in 2011. No doubt he was feeling weary of the topic. But the issue isn't going to disappear, either. Until the day arrives when his private life -- he's currently married to fourth wife Kayte White -- is less interesting than his art, Grammer will have to steer clear of Morgan. And anyone else in the media who's trying to hold onto a celebrity-obsessed audience.