Kelsey Grammer reveals why David Hyde Pierce dropped out of Frasier’s upcoming Paramount+ reboot
Kelsey Grammer has revealed why David Hyde Pierce won’t be back for the upcoming Frasier reboot on streaming service Paramount+.
The 67-year-old actor said producers had to rethink the reboot after David, 63, dropped out of the project.
“David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in reprising Niles,” Kelsey said of his on-screen brother in an article on People on Wednesday.
Upcoming reboot: Premiering June 2021 in NYC, Kelsey Grammer reveals why David Hyde Pierce won’t return for Frasier’s upcoming reboot on Paramount+
Kelsey said they would bring back the entire ‘legacy’ cast that included David, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and John Mahoney, who died in 2018, but the new direction worked.
“In a very funny way, we took it to a new place, which we originally wanted to do anyway, which was a third Frazier,” Kelsey explained. “It’s a whole new life for him.”
In the spin-off series, Kelsey portrayed psychiatrist Fraser Crane, while David played his younger brother and fellow psychiatrist, Niles.
John played their father, retired officer Martin Crane, Perry played Fraser’s producer Rose Doyle and Jane Leeves appeared as Daphne Moon, Martin’s live-in caregiver.
Pulled out: The 67-year-old actor said producers had to rethink the reboot after David, 63, who appeared in season two, pulled out of the project
Frasier ran for 11 seasons on NBC from September 1993 to May 2004.
We start rehearsals in February. We’ve honestly been working on it for six or seven years,” Kelsey said of the reboot series.
It was on the slow cooker. We were like, This isn’t a bad idea. This might be a good idea!
Psychiatrist Brothers: Kelsey in spin-off series Frasier portrayed psychiatrist Frasier Crane while David played his younger brother and fellow psychiatrist Niles, appearing in 1993’s Still
The reboot will see Frasier living alone in a new city.
“He’s our brave little soldier who just keeps on living, finds new challenges and new love and new people and a new city and things like that,” Kelsey said.
I’m really excited about it, and we’ll always honor the past for sure. We have to respect the fact that John Mahoney passed away and that Martin is no longer with us. We will definitely deal with that.”
Family show: Kelsey and David appear with the late John Mahoney who portrayed their father Martin Crane in the 1999 stills from Season 7
John died in a nursing home in Chicago in February 2018 due to complications from throat cancer at the age of 77.
The show will also deal with the absence of other people from Frasier’s life, including Niles, Rose, and Daphne.
We will definitely respond to the fact that there is a brother and the like. “But a new world for Fraser is one of new friendships — and some new twists and turns he didn’t know were still out there,” Kelsey said.
Season 3: John, Gene Leeves, Kelsey, David, Peri Gilpin appear in Season 3 promo for Frasier
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