Kelsey Grammer calls recent Frasier reunion rumours “premature”

The actor appeared to backtrack on claims in Deadline last week that the hit show would return

Kelsey Grammer has said rumours about a Frasier reboot detailed in Deadline last week were “a little premature.”

The magazine reported that Grammer, who is currently starring in the new Netflix comedy, Like Father,  was “exploring” the possibility of a reboot of the hit TV series and was at the stage of “meeting with writers who [were] pitching different concepts.”

Grammer had reportedly personally pitched new ideas for the show, one of which included setting the fictional show in a new city.

Frasier TV Show Cast at 50th Annual Emmy Awards 1998 – Credit: Bob Riha Jr. / Getty

According to The GuardianGrammer confirmed that he had “talked about a couple of ideas…kicked around where the therapist might live now and what relationship could anchor the show” now that the actor who played Frasier’s cantankerous father, John Mahoney, passed away in February.

However, Grammer has said that it would be a “failure” to consider making a new show unless it could be better than the original.
He said: “It would be be quite a breathtaking failure to try to do it and not do it better than the previous show – and I think that’s almost impossible.”
“To pick up that responsibility would be a very brave thing to do. And you know, maybe I don’t have the courage.”
Grammer first player Crane in Cheers when he appeared in season 3 of the show. Frasier was later created as a Cheers spin-off with the character moving from Boston to Seattle under the premise of reconnecting with his father, Martin – played by the late British actor John Mahoney – and brother Niles – played by David Hyde.

The show also starred Jane Leaves who played Martin’s assistant and Niles’ love interest in the show as Daphne, and Peri Gilpin who starred as Roz, Frasier’s radio producer.

Grammer had previously vetoed any chance of a reboot in an interview with New York Daily News in 2016 where he said he wouldn’t be returning to the role.

He told the magazine: “No, I’m very happy with what I’m doing now…I look back at the past as a very fond place and I’d like to keep it that way.”

The critically acclaimed series, which ran for 11 seasons between 1993 and 2004, won a record 37 Emmys – including Outstanding Comedy Series.