Michael Pell, the outgoing executive producer behind Channel Seven’s hit Sunrise breakfast show, has claimed that the worst celebrity interview he’s ever seen on the program was with Kelsey Grammer.
Pell said Grammer, 67, who played the title role in the long-running sitcom Frasier, exploded into a rage when a Sunrise producer asked about his ex-wife Camille Meyer.
Spilling the beans: Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell (pictured) claimed this week that the WORST celebrity interview he’s ever seen on the show over the years was with Kelsey Grammer
‘When he was asked questions about his ex-wife Camille, his new partner objected to that and he exploded into a rage and basically threatened a producer and called him a vile dog,’ Pell alleged.
He added: ‘Comedians on the whole are a bit hit and miss.’
The on-air debacle occurred on Sunrise in October 2011 after Grammer’s split with wife Camille was exposed in a very public fashion on reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Presenters David Koch and Natalie Barr questioned the actor about ‘his private life being ‘played out’ on reality TV.
Not holding back! Pell, 38, who finished up on Sunrise on Friday after steering the show to success for the last 11 years, alleged to The Daily Telegraph that actor Kelsey Grammer was ‘tricky’ to work with
Debacle: Kelsey Grammer seen here on the red carpet with ex-wife Camille in 1997 – the Frasier star allegedly became incensed when Sunrise played scenes of the couples break up from reality TV show the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills during an episode of the breakfast show in 2011
Kelsey squirmed as footage from his break-up with Camille on Real Housewives was played.
It was later revealed that his current wife Kayte Walsh was watching the interview go to air in the studio.
According to Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper, Kelsey telephoned Sunrise producer Mark Beirne immediately after the show aired and unleashed a string of profanities.
Drama: Kelsey squirmed as footage of the actor and Camille from Real Housewives was played on Sunrise in 2011 – it was later revealed that his current wife Kayte Walsh was watching the interview go to air in the studio Pictured: Grammer and Kayte Walsh in 2010
Grammer later defended his outburst issuing an official statement published in UK Express.
‘The Sunrise show thought it was appropriate to show clips of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with Camille commenting on Kelsey,’ it said.
‘…Kelsey felt that was not only rude, but out of line. He asked to speak directly to the producer about this and when the producer refused, he tried calling him.’
Soon after Grammer told journalists at a Queensland radio conference that he would never be appearing on Sunrise again and that his outburst was ‘deserved’.
Elsewhere in the interview, Pell, who is known as the ‘wunderkind’ at the network, admitted to blunders during his watch on the top-rating breakfast show.
His worst on-air misstep, he said, was the notorious Sex and the City skit in 2016 when Sunrise team members Sam Armytage, Natalie Barr and Edwina Bartholomew dressed up as the main characters from the beloved HBO show.
‘It was a bad sketch and I wish we never did it,’ he said.
Pell did not appear on screen during his final day on Sunrise on Friday, but was spotted on set alongside Natalie Barr as he shot his final episode at the helm.
‘It’s a bittersweet day here at Sunrise. Our young executive producer is leaving for an exciting new role here at Seven,’ David ‘Kochie’ Koch told Sunrise fans.
‘It’s a bittersweet day here at Sunrise – our young executive producer is leaving for an exciting new role here at Seven,’ David ‘Kochie’ Koch told Sunrise fans on Friday
Natalie Barr, 54, added: ‘I’ve loved every day working with Michael. He’s fun, he is dedicated, he is an extraordinary executive producer.’
Pell will take up a new senior position at the network in LA, where he will effectively be Seven’s ‘talent scout’ in the U.S. sourcing new formats.
His job title will be Senior Vice President, Entertainment Content, North America.
Sarah Stinson, the executive producer of The Morning Show for the past 11 years, has been promoted to the newly created role of Director of Morning Television, overseeing Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show.
Natalie Barr, 54, paid tribute to Pell: ‘I’ve loved every day working with Michael. He’s fun, he is dedicated, he is an extraordinary executive producer’