Bebe Neuwirth, who played Dr. Frasier Crane’s ex-wife Lilith Sternin in the hit sitcom “Frasier,” said she has not been approached to appear in a possible reboot — at least not yet.
“Frasier,” a spinoff of “Cheers,” told the story of Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), who moves back to his hometown of Seattle, settles with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist.
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The hit show aired from 1993 until 2004. Grammer originally played Crane starting in 1984, when he appeared on “Cheers” from 1984 until 1993.
“No, I just see lots of chatter about it,” the 60-year-old actress told Closer Weekly. “I don’t know anything. I haven’t heard anything personally.”
According to the magazine, the Tony Award-winning star first appeared as Frasier’s girlfriend-turned-wife on “Cheers” from 1986 until 1993. For “Frasier” she frequently returned with the onscreen couple’s child Frederick (Trevor Einhorn) in a recurring guest role. Neuwirth won two Emmys for playing Lilith on “Cheers” and obtained a single nomination for “Frasier.”
When asked if she was open to the idea of a “Frasier” reboot, Neuwirth responded: “Sure, but reboots are tricky because the original is so fine. So if you’re going to do it, it better be really phenomenal. I do trust Kelsey, though, and his taste and his intelligence. If he does it again, I’m sure he’ll do it really, really well and the best version. Absolutely.”
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Neuwirth also shared she has faith in the show’s original writers, one of the many secrets behind the show’s lasting success.
“I trust those writers,” said Neuwirth. “I never imagined what had happened from the first time my character walked into the bar on ‘Cheers.’ I never would have imagined, but they were the greatest writers in TV comedies. It was brilliant. All of their choices were brilliant.
As for working with Grammer, Neuwirth insisted she has nothing but fond memories collaborating with the star.
“Every time I looked in his eyes, he’s just the greatest,” she gushed.
A revival of the NBC sitcom has been rumored for many years. In April of this year, TMZ indicated that “Frasier” might be getting the band back together. The outlet snapped a photo of the 64-year-old walking on the streets of London with a “Frasier” script-in-hand. The binder also sported Grammer’s production company logo, Gramnet.
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Representatives for Grammer said that people submit ideas, which Grammer considers, but there’s no real movement on a potential revival at this time.
The statement is in line with comments the star previously made at the show’s 25th-anniversary celebration in Los Angeles, where he admitted that he’d be open to reprising the role of Frasier Crane provided his co-stars David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin reprise their roles as well.
“No, there’s been no premise that has come along that has the necessary fire,” Grammer said at the time.
“A lot of us are quite committed to the concept that you would never try to redo what we once had,” he added.
Sadly, there can never be a true revival of the cast following the death of actor John Mahoney, who played Martin Crane for more than 10 years. Martin was Frasier’s father and was meant as the heart of the show.
Grammer tweeted an image at the time of Mahoney hugging him shortly after his death with the caption, “He was my father. I loved him.”
In March, Grammer told “This Morning” he had hoped for the series to return.
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“Well, my hope is that we can bring it back, [but] we’re sort of shopping for the right idea,” said Grammer. “’Will & Grace’ have done a continuation now, and it’s basically the next day from when they were last on the air, and I don’t think that’s appropriate for ‘Frasier.’”
Grammer shared that so far, no one has approached him with the possibility of bringing “Frasier” back as a reboot.
Back in 2017, Grammer told Fox News it never gets tiring for fans to still recognize him as Crane.
“Listen, I would be a fool if I took umbrage with that,” he explained. “He was a wonderful character. Frasier Crane is a wonderful character. He was fun to play, brought me great success, brought me great financial reward, and honestly, an enormous amount of satisfaction in having helped so many people.”
“The number of people that come up to me is never aggressive or unhappy,” he continued. “They’re always smiling and thankful and grateful for the work. And then, of course, there are others who paid more attention to the show and had a little more understanding of some of the drama. So, it’s just a career. I’ve been at it for a long time. And it would be indecorous of me to take issue with the fact that I’m recognized for Frasier. It’s a great character.”
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.
SEE IT: Viral clip purportedly shows ‘Jeopardy!’ star James Holzhauer’s defeat
A video clip appearing to show “Jeopardy!” phenom James Holzhauer’s historic run come to an end made the rounds Sunday on social media.
The minute-long snippet — believed to be a leaked clip from an episode expected to air on Monday — picks up as the contestants reveal their responses in the Final Jeopardy segment, and ends with the 34-year-old professional gambler in an unfamiliar position: Second place, trailing leader Emma Boettcher by $3,200.
Though Holzhauer offered the correct response — “Who is [16th-century English playwright] Kit Marlowe?” — the Las Vegas resident bet an uncharacteristically low sum.
“His wager, a modest one for the first time,” said an audibly surprised Alex Trebek, as it was revealed that Holzhauer had bet a conservative $1,399, bumping his score from $23,400 to $24,799.
Boettcher, who led with $26,600, sealed the deal and her place in game-show lore by also acing Final Jeopardy, wagering $20,201 to net a total of $46,801 — along with gasps from Trebek and the audience.
“Oh gosh! What a payday,” exclaimed Trebek, as Holzhauer strolled across the podium to give the giant-killer a sporting high-five. “What a game! Oh my gosh!”
The apparent stumble cuts down Holzhauer after a mind-boggling 32 consecutive wins, good for a total haul of $2,464,216, including the $2,000 he would receive for finishing second on Monday’s episode.
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He comes up short, however, of besting legend Ken Jennings, who notched 74 wins good for $2,520,700 in 2004 — and marveled at Holzhauer’s run as “astounding.”
The apparently leaked clip first started making the rounds on social media on Sunday, eventually drawing copyright strikes from Sony Pictures, which produces “Jeopardy!”
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Neither Sony nor Holzhauer immediately responded to requests for comment on the clip.
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Halle Berry posts bubble bath picture on Instagram, reviews book on US border
Halle Berry took to Instagram Sunday to post a positive review of Francisco Cantú’s book, “The Line Becomes a River,” in a steamy bathtub picture after apparently needing to relax to take it all in.
Cantú’s book, according to The New York Times, describes his four years as a Border Patrol officer in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Lawrence Downes, the reviewer, writes, “As Cantú tells us what he learned, he bolsters his point — that it’s hard to comprehend the border from books. This one challenges the reader to find the meaning, or some sense, in its loosely strung episodes, fragmentary encounters with border crossers and agents, clippings from books Cantú has read and the surreal dreams that haunt his fretful nights.”
Berry said that she loves to relax in a bath with a great book and Cantu’s is one of her favorites. She called it emotional and provocative.
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“While it offers no solution to our current situation, it highlights what is broken within our current immigration laws and the heart breaking damage it can do to families,” she posted. “Though I enjoyed this book, I did cry my way through it. I must warn you it’s a tough read, and if you’re like me, you may need a bubble bath and a glass of wine in order to take it all in….but it was well worth it.”
Daily Beast accused of ‘doxxing’ alleged creator of ‘Drunk Pelosi’ video
The Daily Beast faced a heavy backlash on social media Sunday after one of its reporters was accused of doxxing a private citizen who allegedly created a manipulated video that falsely portrays House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. as if she were intoxicated and posted it on Facebook.
Daily Beast reporter Kevin Poulsen tweeted Saturday night that he had been “looking for the Russian troll behind the ‘Drunk Pelosi’ viral video hoax. Turns out he’s an itinerant forklift operator from the Bronx who’s been secretly running hard-right ‘news’ outlets across social media for years. Also, not Russian.” The tweet included a link to a story that identified the man by name and detailed his employment history, past relationships and social media footprint. The subheadline of the story described the man as “a sports blogger from the Bronx [who is] currently on probation for domestic battery.”
The article initially included a picture of the man, but that had been removed from the story as of Sunday night.
The three-minute clip of a May 22 Pelosi speaking event at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, was uploaded on Facebook by a group called “Politics WatchDog.” The video shows her frequently slurring her words and her voice sounding garbled. Copies of the clip had also been found on Twitter and YouTube, which the latter had removed.
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The man admitted to the Daily Beast that he was an administrator of the “Politics WatchDog” group, but denied posting the Pelosi video, blaming a “female admin.”
The Daily Beast report was met with strong criticism from reporters for outlets with varying editorial slants. Huffington Post and New York magazine contributor Yashar Ali tweeted: “[I]t sets a really bad precedent when a private citizen, particularly someone who is working a blue collar job, has their identity publicly revealed simply because they made a video of a politician appearing to be drunk. His identity offers nothing to this story.”
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The Wrap media editor Jon Levine described the story as “[a] hit job on a completely private citizen … over a joke video of Pelosi that happened to go viral.”
Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino tweeted: “The @thedailybeast spends a lot of time telling us everything we don’t need to know about the guy behind the dopey Pelosi video, which is so far from the real story of our shoot-first, facts later social media culture (see covington boys and a lot more).”
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Former FoxNews.com opinion contributor Stephen Miller mocked Poulsen’s tweet about “looking for the Russian troll” behind the Pelosi video.
“[L]iterally no one thought that [Russians created the Pelosi video],” Miller tweeted. “Media using their bylines to go after and intimidate private citizens for internet videos they don’t like is literally enemy of the people s–t.”
The Washington Examiner reported the man is now considering a lawsuit.
“I’m looking at my options for possible legal action against anyone who was associated in publishing that inaccurate trash article about me, misquoting me and accusing me of being the creator of the Speaker Pelosi video that went viral,” the man said in a description of a “legal action fund” he set up on GoFundMe.
Facebook’s refusal to take down the video sparked an outcry among prominent Democrats, with Hillary Clinton describing it as “sexist trash” during a commencement address at Hunter College in New York City last week. Pelosi said in San Francisco that she is no longer giving Facebook the benefit of doubt that it is “unwittingly” spreading false information. She said Facebook is serving an accomplice and enabler of false information and Russian elections interference.
Facebook’s Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism Monika Bickert said that users are being told that the video is false when they view or share it.
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Facebook does not prohibit false information from being shared on its service. Instead, the company says it “downranks” such material to make it less prominent in people’s news feeds and more difficult to find. It also employs outside fact-checkers to determine the veracity of questionable material. It includes such fact checks around the disputed articles and videos but does not directly label them as false.
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