Did the Emmys snub Kelsey Grammer because heâ€™s a Republican?
Thatâ€™s what the actor told Jay Leno on the â€˜Tonight Showâ€™ on Wednesday night.
After asking him questions about an early stand-up routine and his first tattoo, Leno brought up the Emmys, which air in September.
â€œNow explain something to me, you get a Golden Globe for â€˜Boss,â€™ but you donâ€™t even get an Emmy nomination,â€ Leno asked.
â€œYeah, its hard to figure,â€ Grammer said. â€œIt may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think itâ€™s possible, I mean, I am a, Iâ€™m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood.â€
Light applause rippled through the audience and Leno emitted a comic gasp.
â€œDo I believe itâ€™s possible that some young person, young voting actor, or even older voting member for the Emmys, would sit there and go, â€˜Yeah, thatâ€™s a great performance, but oooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?â€™â€ Grammer asked hypothetically, before answering with sarcasm: â€œI donâ€™t believe thatâ€™s possible.â€
Leno pointed out Grammer was no stranger to winning Emmys, having won for his work on â€œCheersâ€ and â€œFrasier.â€
Grammer explained that it was only after his last win did it become known he was a member of the GOP.
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