Kelsey Grammer doesn’t need to remember the toll of 9/11: It remains with him as if it were yesterday.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, David Angell — an Emmy-winning creator and executive producer of Grammer’s NBC sitcom “Frasier,” then about to start the ninth of its 11 seasons — and his wife Lynn were among the 92 people aboard Boston-to-Los Angeles American Airlines Flight 11, the airplane commandeered by terrorists into the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center.
“9/11 is something I will not forget,” Grammer tells Zap2it, “something I carry in my heart with a personal sense of loss. I knew people other than David and his wife on that flight; there were four or five people I knew who were killed that day. They didn’t lose their lives … they were killed, they were murdered, and that’s something I don’t want people to overlook.
“My politics are widely publicized and grotesquely misunderstood,” Grammer adds, “but one thing I won’t ever do is encourage people to mischaracterize the motives [of the hijackers that day]. They were vicious and ugly, and we should never forget that.”
Five-time Emmy recipient Grammer is about to tackle politics in another way: He stars as a ruthless Chicago mayor in the Starz drama series “Boss,” premiering Friday, Oct. 21.
As he promotes the show, of which he’s also an executive producer, he may make another stop at “Live! With Regis and Kelly” … likely Grammer’s final time there before Regis Philbin departs from the syndicated weekday program Friday, Nov. 18.
“Regis was welcome to stay as long as he liked or go when he wanted to,” Grammer reasons. “He’s a fixture, one of the most accomplished guys in that world ever, and good for him. I think he’s a great guy, and I’ll miss doing his show.”