A role on the reality show was a "parting gift," the actor says of his ex-wife

By Liz Raftery
Updated October 18, 2011 09:30 AM
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They may have been married for 13 years, but Kelsey Grammer says his marriage to Camille Grammer was doomed from the start.

“Camille asked for a divorce really almost the first day we were married,” the actor said during an appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight Monday. “If you say you want a divorce enough times, you’re going to get one.”

“I think what I was trying to do was sell it to myself,” he said of their relationship. “There was this small voice in the back of my head saying, ‘This isn’t going to work.’ But I stuck to it.”

Grammer, 56, had harsh words for his ex and her explosive stint on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

He characterized his ex as someone who craved fame, and even alleged that Camille, 43, “married me because I was Frasier,” referring to his star-making turn as Dr. Frasier Crane on the sitcoms Cheers and Frasier.

The Makings of a Reality Star

“I have to tell you, the Real Housewives was my parting gift to her,” Grammer said in the interview. “It was my way of saying, ‘Look, you always wanted to be famous. Here you go.’ ”

Camille Grammer has said that Kelsey was the one who encouraged her to do the show. Kelsey told Morgan he knew their marriage was ending even when she signed up for the show.

“I remember having one conversation where I said, ‘Well, don’t worry about it. After the first season, you can do the Divorced Wives of Beverly Hills next season,'” he said.

Finding New Love

Grammer said he has “no contact” with his ex-wife, but maintains a “great” relationship with his kids – Mason, 9, and Jude, 7.

And he became emotional when talking about his new wife, Kayte Walsh.

“It was insane,” he said, describing their meeting. “It was like all the planets had danced together into a segregated charm on our behalf.”

“Does it feel like the first time you’ve had proper love?” Morgan asked.

“No question about it,” Grammer said.