Kelsey Grammer explains why David Hyde Pierce won’t be in the ‘Frasier’ revival



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Kelsey Grammer brings Dr. Frasier Crane back.

He is currently reviving his hit series “Frasier,” which originally ran on NBC from 1993-2004.

He told People magazine that rehearsals will start in February for the show, which has been in development “for about six or seven years.”

“It’s been on the slow burner,” Grammer said. “We didn’t think it was a bad idea. Maybe it’s a good idea!”

He said the plan had been to bring back the original cast for the revival, to be streamed on Paramount+. John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s father Martin Crane, died in 2018.

Grammer said David Hyde Pierce opted out of returning as Frasier’s brother.

“David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating Nile’s performance,” Grammer said.

That’s not a bad thing, he said.

“In a very funny way, it just took us to a new place, which is what we originally wanted to do, which was a Frasier third act,” Grammer said. “It’s a whole new life for him.”

The new show will honor the characters who aren’t there, he said.

“We’re definitely going to be responsive to the fact that there was a brother and such,” Grammer said. “But the new world for Frasier is one of new friendships — and some new twists and turns that he didn’t know were still in there.”

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