VIDEO: Kelsey Grammer Opens Up About Divorce From Camille
Since his divorce from Real Housewife Camille Grammer, 43, and subsequent marriage to flight attendant Kayte Walsh, 30, actor Kelsey Grammer, 56, has largely kept his silence about the highly publicized split. The divorce was finalized in February, with Grammer and Walsh marrying just a few weeks later.
According to Grammer, his relationship with his ex-wife got off on the wrong foot. "I think she married me because I was Frasier," he said on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight when asked if he thought the former Playboy model was influenced by his T.V.-icon status.
At the time that their separation looked imminent, Camille was in talks to sign with Bravo for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Grammer, who reportedly had a hand in getting her the spot, refers to the show as his "parting gift" to her after "a very difficult marriage and a very difficult decade …. Whether or not it worked well for her doesn't matter," he said. "It was my way of saying, 'Look, you always wanted to be famous. Here you go.'"
Camille, who has taken her own jabs at her ex in the media over the past year, had a different take on the situation. "Looking back," she told the New York Post last year, "maybe he wanted to keep me preoccupied in California while he was off having his affair in New York." Camille was referring to Grammer's current wife, Walsh, whom he met at an airport while he was in New York playing in La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway, when he and Camille were still married.
In Grammer's mind, all that acrimony is put to rest now while he enjoys life with his new love, whom he describes as having "a warmth, a glow about her." Grammer will next be starring in the show, Boss, about a high-powered politician. "There's some naughtiness in it," Grammer said, reports CNN. "I do say some dirty words, and there's an occasional boob." The famous Republican has his own ideas about politics and the tea party, with which he has been rumored to be aligned. "I'm sympathetic to some of their principles," he said. "I think smaller government's a good idea. Always have. I think lower taxes are a good idea. Always have."
You can catch Grammer in Boss, premiering October 21 on Starz.
Watch a clip from the interview here: