Hyde Pierce On Skipping “Frasier” Revival


Arguably the most notable absentee from the recent “Frasier” revival is that of Frasier Crane’s younger brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce).

Kelsey Grammer is reprising his signature character of psychiatrist-turned-radio host Frasier who is now living in a different city and is surrounded by new characters.

Hyde Pierce played Niles on the original Emmy-winning series and was basically the show’s secondary lead. Pierce subsequently has gone on to a highly successful theater and screen career.

Previously Grammer stated that Pierce wasn’t returning because he “wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance of Niles”. Pierce, speaking with The Los Angeles Times, agrees with that assessment:

“It’s not like I said, ‘Oh, I don’t ever want to do that again.’ I loved every moment. It was that I wanted to do other things. And when we got into real talks about the reboot, I had just started on the Julia TV show and was working on a musical and going to do another musical. And I just thought, ‘I don’t want to be committed to a show and not be able to do stuff like this.’ And I also thought, ‘They don’t actually need me.’ Frasier has moved on to a new world. They have new characters. And I think I’m right. It’s doing great. And the new people they have are great.”

Pierce has previously called his time doing “Frasier” as “deeply important” to him. The revival’s ten-episode first season wrapped its run late last week and saw Peri Gilpin’s Roz Doyle return.

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