Frasier writer finally reveals how shrink made money and our minds are blown
A Frasier writer has lifted the lid on his finances, after a huge debate was sparked over the sitcom.
It all kicked off earlier this week when Richard Osman innocently tweeted about everyone’s favourite radio psychiatrist – played by Kelsey Grammer – which led to fans sharing their own theories on the show.
‘I have never worked out the economics of Frasier’s lifestyle,’ the Pointless star penned. ‘What on earth is he getting paid?’
Let’s be honest, it’s something we’ve been wondering for decades.
Following an intense discussion, and some pretty dark suggestions, Joe Keenan – who wrote on Frasier for seven seasons – decided to finally give us the answer we’ve been waiting for.
‘How Frasier managed to live so well on the salary from a local market radio show was a question that inspired many an absurdist riff in the writers’ room,’ he replied.
‘We decided he’d invested the money from his Boston practice *very* wisely (perhaps in a friend’s Seattle software start-up).’
So that is how he afforded those expensive antiques, designer clothes and fancy bath salts.
Giving further insight, Joe insisted that NIles’ wealth and ‘fussiness’ made brother Frasier look normal in comparison.
‘The show was a joy to write for,’ he continued.
‘(And re: Frasier’s income, it occurs to me that Maris’s towering wealth made Frasier seem merely comfortable by comparison, just as Niles’ even more baroque flights of fussiness made Frasier look relatively sane.)’
Lilith actress Bebe Neuwirth got in on the action, sliding in to state: ‘What, Lilith got nothing?’
Joe joked: ‘As I recall, she got a handsome seismologist. (I was jealous, which I guess makes me a seis-queen.)’
We were first introduced to Dr Frasier Crane in 1984, when he popped up in sitcom Cheers, and quickly became a regular at the iconic bar.
The stuffy radio shrink was clearly popular as he landed his very own spin-off in 1993, focusing on his return to Seattle – when his world was promptly turned upside down as dad Martin (John Mahoney) and healthcare worker Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) moved in to his swanky apartment.
And, speaking on a recent Zoom reunion, David Hyde Pierce admitted he had second thoughts about his role as Frasier’s equally stuffy younger brother, Niles Crane, as he assumed the show would tank.
‘When they sent me the script I thought, “Well this is terrible”,’ he confessed. ‘I thought they’d written two of the same character. I thought, “What a stupid thing to do!”
‘That was one of the first of my many great insights about the show…’
Thankfully, David was wrong and Fraiser went on to run for 11 years, becoming a firm fan favourite with 37 Emmy wins and hundreds more award nominations.
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