- - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Like his character on “Boss,” Kelsey Grammer is playing some political hardball.

The former “Cheers” and “Frasier” star earned a Golden Globe for his work on the first season of the Starz drama, but came away empty-handed when Emmy nominations were handed out in July. As he told Jay Leno on Tuesday night, he thinks it has something to do with his proud political activism for the Republican Party.

“It’s hard to figure. … It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible. … I’m a declared out-of-the-closet Republican in Hollywood,” he told the host, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “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?’”

No, that’s impossible, he said — quite sarcastically.

Mr. Grammer has won five Emmys, all for playing Frasier Crane, the stuffy-yet-beleaguered psychologist that originated in the fourth season of “Cheers” and ran through much of the ‘90s on its own NBC spinoff, “Frasier.” The Emmys for those shows came in the 1980s and ‘90s, which as Entertainment Weekly points out, came before his political activism began. He did win another Emmy in 2006 for voice work on “The Simpsons.”

Mr. Grammer has been quite outspoken, one of the rare conservatives in Hollywood. He endorsed former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in the GOP presidential primary in 2008, then backed John McCain; this time around, he originally backed Rep. Michele Bachmann in her quest for the White House. He has also said that he may run for mayor of New York City when he retires from acting.

Jimmy Kimmel to marry show’s co-head writer

Jimmy Kimmel is engaged to Molly McNearny, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, 44, asked Miss McNearny, a co-head writer for the Emmy-nominated ABC late-night show, to marry him while on vacation in South Africa, in Kruger National Forest. The news was first reported by People.com.

The news comes during an already eventful year for Mr. Kimmel. Earlier this year, he roasted President Obama as emcee of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, and come September, he will host the Emmy Awards, airing on ABC.

Mr. Kimmel has been married before; in 1988, he wed his first wife, with whom he had two children in the early ‘90s. After their 2002 split, he dated comedienne Sarah Silverman, with whom he split in 2009.

Kardashian-Humphries divorce dragging on

Kim Kardashian’s divorce has engulfed her family and network, literally.

Attorneys for her estranged husband sought detailed records Wednesday about her reality shows and details of depositions with her mother and current boyfriend, Kanye West, to prove her 72-day marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries was a fraud.

The legal bickering means it’s unlikely the couple will be granted a divorce, or annulment, as Mr. Humphries desires, before next year, attorneys and a judge said during a testy hearing.

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