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Is the caller there? Kelsey Grammer dialed in at the Television Critics Association tour, day 13

- August 2nd, 2012

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Television Critics Association tour, day 13.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Kelsey Grammer may be perplexed by the lack of Emmy love for his performance in Boss, but he has won the unofficial award for longest personal phone call ever taken on stage at the Television Critics Association tour.

It occurred during the TCA panel for Boss, a dark drama that originates on Starz in the United States and airs on Super Channel in Canada. The second season debuts on Aug. 17.

During the panel Grammer’s phone went off. This happens from time to time to panelists, but they usually either don’t answer it, or they quickly say, “Have to call you back,” and hang up.

But it became apparent Grammer was talking to his wife, and the conversation went on for 90 seconds or so – it felt longer, with an entire boardroom full of journalists stopped dead, waiting for him to finish. It did not sound like an emergency in any way, as Grammer had a grin on his face throughout the call (photo above).

Afterward, there were differences of opinion among reporters about what had occurred.

Some thought Grammer was just rude, or that it was an ego move in a “my time is more valuable than your time” kind of way.

Others (I’m more in this camp) thought Grammer just got caught on the phone with someone who kind of wouldn’t stop talking. He might not even have realized right away that the proceedings had come to a halt. Yes, it was inconsiderate to the group. But it’s not as if he began his day plotting to be inconsiderate to the group, unless I’m really misreading it.

Anyway, near the end of the panel, Grammer got asked specifically about the phone call.

“Well, there are some things that are more important than others, and the well-being of my wife sits atop the charts,” Grammer said.

Starz later felt the need to issue a press release about it, trying to spin it into a story about family values.

On a side note, if you’re Kelsey Grammer’s cell-phone service provider, there’s a built-in commercial in this, get on it.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

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