Kelsey Grammer's the latest to bail on Piers Morgan
September 20th, 2012
03:37 PM ET

Kelsey Grammer's the latest to bail on Piers Morgan

Perhaps there's something in the air in the green room, because the strangest things seem to happen on Piers Morgan's talk show.

The latest disappearing act was pulled on Wednesday by scheduled guest Kelsey Grammer, who apparently caught a photo of his ex-wife, Camille, during an opening segment of "Piers Morgan Tonight" and then decided to make an exit.

"Extraordinary," Morgan tweeted. "Never had this happen before."

The CNN host recalled having "a very friendly chat with Kelsey backstage," with the actor saying that "he was really looking forward to the interview."

While Morgan joked that perhaps Grammer caught some of Simon Cowell's "X Factor" in the green room and started to feel ill, he didn't seem to find the actor's walk-out all that funny.

"I like Kelsey Grammer personally, but this was a shockingly unprofessional thing to do," Morgan posted. "I wasn't even going to mention his ex-wife!"

But this isn't the first time that a guest has gone AWOL: Last summer, Christine O'Donnell bailed on "Piers Morgan Tonight" in the middle of the interview, followed by former "X Factor" host Steve Jones pretending to "storm off," as he'd seen it been done before.

Sometimes even when a guest does stay, the conversation can grow so contentious that you're surprised when they *don't* make an exit, as was the case with Robert Blake.

Rep. Todd Akin, meanwhile, didn't even show up for his "Piers Morgan Tonight" interview at all.

These upsets don't appear to have ruffled Morgan's feathers, though. The host tweeted Thursday that he'll be on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" later, and assured Fallon that "unlike my guest Mr Grammer last night, I won't run away."

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  1. JL


    February 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 9, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    Piers has had a few awesome guests on his show and usually has a fairly interesting program. The one things that sort of rubs me the wrong way is the one singular question that has become his standards, "How many times have you truly been in love"? While this may be of interest to those that live in the reality world of today's media, I don't think it is an appropriate question to ask a US Supreme Court Judge – Antonin Scalia as he did this past weekend. For Pete's sake, format your show to the character of your guest. At least on the justice's part he had the courtesy to answer it without any show of disdain or mockery. For Pete's sake, conduct an interview with the same class that Larry King did for 30 years; get off your high horse; and, quite running amok from your guests when they offer up responses that are not in-line with your own viewpoints. Be open and listen – that is more important than asking the question.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. llatpoh

    Really disappointed with Piers Morgan... he should have stuck with his reality TV contests... as a "journalist" he fails to deliver... instead he aggressively pushes a sensationalist,and often "lefty" agenda... yuck

    Another example of why CNN is going downhill....

    October 12, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • SAM

      I don't trust Piers Morgan....and don't like him as a talk show host. He's unpredictable and hard on his guests. Grammar may have sensed the potential for a crappy interview and ducked out, however now Morgan is using it to put him down in his blogs and whenever he can. I hope his show goes off the air. He's not a very professional, trustworthy individual that people would feel free to open up to.

      October 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mominChiTOwn

    You have no idea what happens in his personal relationships – remember what the media is – hungry for sensationalism

    October 7, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. mominChiTOwn

    Kudos – you rock Kelsey – Piers Morgan is a pathetic low life that constantly sets people up to start crap – you know darn well he would have mentioned the ex – I havent watched him since he interviewed Kirk. I'd say these stars trying to beat booze and drugs like Kelsey and Robert have done something extraordinary in a world that pretty much slams it down your throat to start and then abandons you when it gets too much.

    October 7, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Peter in Sydney / Boston

    I don't watch Piers Morgan after his Trevon Martin comments. He's variously lightweight, insulting, fawning, and boring. He's also up to his eyes in Rupert Murdoch and phone hacking and gutter journalism, and he's not intelligent (Larry King was smart as a whip). Morgan drags down the good name of CNN big-time. He's held in contempt by his fellow journalists–Anderson Cooper now just ignores him–and the last thing CNN needs is Murdoch non-journalism on CNN. Morgan can get a good, high-paying job at Fox News, where he belongs. But the bottom line is he's boring. He can't even manage to hold a single guest for an entire hour–instead we get a few unimportant celebrities, most of whom I've never heard of, and a lot of pandering and giggling and nothing of substance. Morgan is an ass and he's not a journalist and he doesn't belong on CNN. I've stopped watching him, and the fact that he's an employee of CNN makes me think much less of CNN as a serious journalistic enterprise.

    October 6, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Nissim Levy

      I disagree that Larry King was smart as a whip. Larry King was great at interviwing celebrities regarding pop culture issues but he did not have the intellectual gravitas to delve into weightier issues such as politics, economics etc..

      Piers Morgan is better at these weightier issues.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    He sorta reminds me of Richard Dawson's character too.

    October 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    I sure wouldn't want to be on his show. That's sorta like being the next guest on "The Running Man".

    October 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Majav

    Can't we at least hire an unemployed American to replace Larry King?

    October 4, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Majav

    Well, more karma dear. Unprofessional? Like giving advice in a book on how to eavesdrop on private voice mail? Like your cabal with Murdoch and Brooks? Maybe Kelsey got a call from... (wouldn't you have liked to gotten access to his voice mail!?) Can't we at least hire an unemployed American to replace Larry King?

    October 4, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jack Schmidt

    Kelsey Grammer. His road to sobriety has apparently left him shattered and angry. There's been something not quite right about ol' Kelsey for quite some time.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Delia

    Maybe it is kind of a set-up... a bit of a way for Piers to be remembered. People storming out of his interviews because he is such a righteous interviewer, etc. In 4 or 5 years we will have DVD's being sold... "Best of Piers" with all the walk-outs and all of the hard questions he asked.

    September 30, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. guest144

    They deserve each other. 2 jerks meet.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Caiha

    I don't like either of them. Morgan is a fraud, and Grammer is a jerk.

    September 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. CS

    Pierce makes his interviews into showcases of his personal beliefs sometimes, and assumes a posture that is combative...not intentionally, but through his body language, tone of voice, etc.

    Larry King always tried to make people feel comfortable and NOT inject his personal views into things. He had good friends that were Democrats, Republicans, Religious, non-religious, etc. I like Pierce's more pointed interviews, but he needs to make the guests feel more comfortable and keep his personal beliefs out of it.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      It's PIERS honey. At least get the name right before you criticize.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • rastanfaman

      Larry King never asked a question that his guests didn't like, so incredibly boring that I would turn him on to fall asleep.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas B.

      CS – I agree with your comments regarding Piers, however, how childish is it for a grown man to see a picture of his ex-wife flashed on a screen for a few seconds and then simply get up and walk out on a scheduled interview? VERY childish. I mean, c'mon, you're an adult Kelsey, act like one. Grow some stones.
      Everyone these days, if ANYTHING makes them the least bit uncomfortable, they simply walk away. Be an adult about it, go in, face the music, and be grateful that someone like Piers is giving you the opportunity in a comfortable setting to actually talk about yourself and your accomplishments.
      Be grateful people for the positive publicity. Be grateful it's NOT a tabloid trying to exploit you. Be grateful you have a job.
      And as for Mr. Grammar, nope, just lost what little respect I had for him.

      September 29, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Raider

      I've been losing a lot of respect for Piers lately, I think his producer should walk out on him next.

      September 29, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  18. Lara

    In my opinion, Kelsey is an ass after abandoning his former family so why be surprised by anything he does? If he can walk out on his wife and kids without batting an eye, it would certainly be no problem for him to walk out on a talk show. Who respects someone like this? Not me.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      Glad your life is perfect.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • STLgirl

      Exactly Lara! And Lynda......wth kind of comment is that? She made a good point. She's stating her opinion, whereas, you're just being a sarcastic idiot. How many times has Kelsey been married anyway? Yeah, that's what I thought. He bails on everyone! Oh, my life isn't perfect either Lynda.

      September 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadeULookAzzhole

      Damn Lynda shut the fug up!

      October 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Class is not an adjective never used to describe Kelsey. His current wife better get things in her name, because if he cheated on Camille while they were married, Kayte (or however she spells it) must know he will do it on her. Duh! As for Piers, I used to watch him every night, but his personal views and self righteousness drove me away.

      October 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Mr Grammer was going to be "Sucker Punched" by Morgan because thats his style no matter what he said.
    Certain people do not like being screwed around with,so Grammer struck first.

    September 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      But if he felt that way, clearly he didn't find out about Morgan's style while he was in the Green Room. People prepped him for the interview, his people scheduled it. I'd like to see what he'd do to a cast member who decided "not to show up" or "walk off" the set of his TV series.

      September 28, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  20. kathy/minnesota

    Calm down Kelsey, it was just a picture, and although Piers said he wasn't going to mention your what, if he ask be a man and answer, like you were a man when you were CHEATING.

    September 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mara

    Kelsey was unprofessional i agree.. we have to look at the big picture, he had severe drinking problems, drugs, parents murdered.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • LessThanImpressed

      Actually it was his sister murdered – not parents. Kelsey Grammer is a very immature, egotistical, self-important dick head – if I do say so myself 🙂

      September 24, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      No excuse for unprofessional behavior. Kelsey knows Piers is going to go to the acromonios end of his previous marriage. I'm sure he's tired of talking about it, but guess what? I'm tired of all of the self promotion celebrities do! Having their personal lives invaded is part of what celebrities sign on for, for the fame and $$$ they earn. It doesn't make it right, it just IS! There are people who watch, who want to hear about the dirt. I guess it is so they feel better about their own lives. There are celebrities who excape it like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, George Clooney. Kelsey should study what they do and take heed.

      October 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Brian

    Maybe if Piers was half the man Larry King was, this wouldn't happen.

    September 23, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • kathy/minnesota

      Larry King is at home getting well deserved rest......DEAL WITH IT.

      September 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Never cared much for the King style interview. He lacked critical in-depth folllow up questions. At least towards the end of his career. Sometimes and actually quite often, he had basic facts wrong. Remember the Seinfeld interview, I mean, Jerry was ranting, Larry, who do you get your information from? And that was a friendly , easy interview completely botched.

      September 28, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • alice in wonderland

      Totally agree, Brian. Larry was one of a kind. I miss him dearly every night at 9pm

      September 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  23. DocReality

    I think it's great. Kelsey has always been a complicated personality; that being said, Piers is a bleeding-heart British socialist and it's surprising Kelsey would have gone on the show in the first place; he's a staunch Republican.

    September 23, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      Everyone is a complicated personality. Kelsey isn't some unique person in this regard. Unlike the majority of us, he simply has his business splashed all over the tabloids. And I don't think their political differences had anything to do with it.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  24. acheptler

    I like Akin...he has some common-sense views on women.

    September 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • benjy

      .... Said no one ever in the history of the world.

      September 29, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Atcheptler, not going to take your bait. No intelligent person thinks Akin understands wormen or male-female relationships.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  25. NotGoodPierce

    pierce should have respected his decision not to talk about the divorce. stars are prepped with their questions prior to the interview..divorce is private and it was up to kelsey to decide if he wanted talk about.

    kelsey has been through heck and back personally ...his parents and sister were murdered many years funny as he is to the world one can tell its hard for him to deal with stressful matters...we need to give him a break on this one.

    If it was myself i would have replied to pierce and in front of millions of viewers-"Pierce–didn't i say i didn't want to talk about it"? pierce would have looked like the idiot and they would have moved on with the interview.

    September 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piers...sorry...i keep calling him Pierce.


      September 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregg

      Problem is, Grammer's ex was never brought up in the interview. Simply put because the interview didn't happen, your entire diatribe is kinda destroyed by that fact. They showed some omages prior to the interview, which is common enough, you often get some background on a guest prior to an interview. Kelsey reacted badly.

      September 23, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  26. CaraW

    Why not? He has bailed on every woman he has married and will bail on the new one too if he lives long enough. They have a shelf life of about 15 years.

    September 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  27. emmittkitty

    Isn't Grammer a big conservative Republican? Perhaps he knew there would be questions about Romney's latest blunders and he chose to duck and

    September 21, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  28. five finger grip

    i like kelsey

    September 21, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  29. Ann

    yes he does is quite clear

    September 21, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  30. Hollywood

    Kelsey has a borderline personality disorder.

    September 21, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  31. sarah

    Kelsey used to a great guy,funny totaly entertaining,then "Fraiser" ended and he has become a bore

    September 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • roger

      Knew him personally did you? Or are you like all the other idiots that loved the characters he played and assumed that he was just like that in real life? like omg when fraiser ended its like he changed into a completely different person!!!!

      September 29, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • uckermanf

      Roger, in sarah's defense, she didn't say Kelsey used to "be" a great guy. She said "Kelsey used to a great guy." As written, the verb in the sentence is "used," so the base idea is "Kelsey used." Now, what, exactly, Kelsey used is not made clear. Perhaps the preposition "to" was a typo: "Kelsey used a great guy." Not sure which great guy he used, or how he used (i.e., took advantage of) him. He certainly didn't use Piers, and Piers is certainly not a great guy. Or maybe that prepositional phrase should have come at the front of that woefully ill-crafted sentence: "To a great guy, Kelsey used." We can still identify the base idea "Kelsey used," but we now see that this is to be interpreted as some "great guy's" opinion that Kelsey used. Usually, when you say someone "is using," you mean they are abusing drugs.

      I would be nice if people would just learn to write a coherent sentence if they insist on inflicting their views on everyone, but this is Uhmahrcuh, and that is far too much to ask of this illiterate population.

      October 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Poor Kelsey

    i agree kelsey told pierce not to mention the divorce and he did anyway. that was not right.
    pierce is aggressive and thought he could get away with it.

    gotta run–

    September 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Kelsey

    is an idiot

    September 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Sue

    Kelsey was broke when he met Camille. She helped him get out of debt and on with life. Half their fortune was made in real estate which was all her doing. Kelsey acts like a 10 year old and I am sure Camille is glad to be rid of him. I find him disgusting on every level.

    September 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Hre

    love kelsey

    September 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. punch comment (w)

    He told her he wanted was agreed prior to the interview not to discuss the divorce
    pierce opened his BIG FAT MOUTH and Kelsey walked out ... good for Kelsey

    September 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Kimber

    He has become such a jerk! He finds it ok to leave his wife for a girl/child and then doesn't want to be confronted/questioned as to what happened? He treated Camille like trash with no respect at all for her. I have since never watched anything he is in because the sight of him disgusts me.

    September 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |

    seeing ja for a that skuzz hippo for me - i'll be home early.. fun night last right!!! ha!
    we gotta rest for sat. oh boy!

    September 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  39. WATCH


    September 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |

    kelsey is doing all her cutting and pasting now...

    September 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |

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