‘Dr. Frasier’ Star David Hyde Pierce Allegedly Refused To Return To The Hit Series
Dr. Frasier fans will be thrilled to know that there are plans to bring back the once-hit TV series. However, not all of the original cast members will return.
In its Dec. 19 issue, National Enquirer claimed that former cast member David Hyde Pierce refused to make even just a cameo to reprise his role as Niles.
A source claimed that it isn’t Pierce’s desire to turn his back on Dr. Frasier. But he just couldn’t commit to the project because he is busy with his shows on Broadway.
“David has become a huge star on Broadway. He doesn’t need the show so he decided to leverage his appearance to the hilt. In the end, he overplayed his hand and lost,” the source said.
The source added that Pierce’s decision caused the entire team and cast to rethink their plans for a reboot. So, the cast members that wanted to reprise their roles were disappointed.
“They were all excited about coming back and were devastated when they found it wouldn’t be happening,” the source said.
However, one should take the tabloid’s claims with a grain of salt. It’s not true that Pierce’s refusal to reprise his role was the reason why the Dr. Frasier reboot didn’t push through.
After all, more former cast members were reportedly willing to return so the team could’ve worked something around Pierce’s absence.
So, it is possible that other factors also came into play that’s why Dr. Frasier wouldn’t return to television anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Dr. Frasier lead star Kelsey Grammer is returning to the project by playing the titular character. Two months ago, he opened up about the series and said that the reboot will honor the late John Mahoney.
Mahoney passed away at the age of 77 in 2018.
“His loss is and was devastating and must be given the proper attention in honor of the extraordinary man he was and the contribution he made to the show and to the acting profession. We will most certainly be honoring him according to his merit. A man of merit he remains to this day. John was a kind man, and the world cannot afford to lose a kind man at any time,” Grammer told Fox News Digital.