Was Kelsey Grammer Snubbed for an Emmy Because He's a Republican?

The Boss star joked around with Leno about his conservative theory, but does he really think there's truth to it?

Has all the election year news coverage gone to Kelsey Grammer's head? The former Frasier actor has won raves for his lead role on the Starz drama Boss, and even nabbed a Golden Globe. He was, however, overlooked for an Emmy nomination this year -- which he apparently blames on politics.

"Yeah, it's hard to figure," Grammer told Jay Leno on Wednesday's Tonight Show. "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."

But Grammer has five Emmys already! He has 12 nominations to his name! Does he really think that voters would start holding his conservative politics against him now?

"So 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 ooh, I just hate everything he stands for'?" Grammer asked rhetorically. "I don't believe that's possible."

Okay, sarcasm detected. But is Kelsey kidding? We're not really sure. He's saying it like he believes it, but wants us to think that he's kidding. Watch the clip below and decide for yourself!

Clearly, Grammer took the snub a little bit personally. What he should realize is that the drama actor category is ferociously competitive this year, as TV is having a banner year for drama. We don't envy the voters who have to choose among this year's nominees: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire, Damian Lewis for Homeland, Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abbey and Michael C. Hall for Dexter. But think of all the other amazing actors who were overlooked: Timothy Olymphant for Justified, Hugh Laurie for House and Dustin Hoffman for Luck, to name just a few. Kelsey may be going home Emmy-less this year, but at least he's in good company.

Besides, there's a more logical explanation for the Emmy snub than his Republican leanings: his critically acclaimed show is on a cable network that doesn't get a lot of eyeballs. As Leno gently put it, "You're on Starz, and that's not an obscure network but you have to search to find it." It's not unusual for good shows to get passed over at Emmy time simply because they're on up-and-coming networks. The longer Boss lasts and the more viewers it gets, the better shot it has -- in red states and in blue ones.

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