With rumors of a Frasier reboot popping up all over the place, it seems like only a matter of time until Kelsey Grammer‘s Frasier Crane returns to the small screen. One person certainly open to the idea is Bebe Neuwirth, who played the central character’s ex-wife, Lilith Sternin.
“No, I just see lots of chatter about it! I don’t know anything,” the 60-year-old exclusively told Closer Weekly at the nomination ceremony for the 73rd annual Tony Awards on April 30. “I haven’t heard anything personally.”
Bebe — who has two Tonys herself — first starred as Frasier’s girlfriend-turned-wife on Cheers from 1986 to 1993. For Frasier she often returned with the onscreen couple’s child, Frederick (Trevor Einhorn), in a recurring guest role. Bebe won two Emmys for playing Lilith on Cheers but was only able to snag a single nomination for Frasier.
When it comes to Kelsey — whose embodiment of Frasier garnered praise from critics and fans — Bebe is quick to praise. “Every time I looked in his eyes, he’s just the greatest,” the Madam Secretary star recalls about what it was like to work alongside him.
As for whether or not she is open to the idea of a reboot, her answer is measured. “Sure, but reboots are tricky because the original is so fine,” Bebe thoughtfully answers. “So, if you’re going to do it, it better be really phenomenal. I do trust Kelsey, though, and his taste and his intelligence. If he does it again, I’m sure he’ll do it really, really well and the best version. Absolutely.”
Bebe doesn’t just have faith in Kelsey, but also in the show’s talented writers. This include creators David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee as well as folks like Glen Charles and Les Charles.
“No, I trust those writers. I never imagined what had happened from the first time my character walked into the bar on Cheers,” the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star adds, leaving it up to them to determine what Lilith would be up to these days. “I never would have imagined, but they were the greatest writers in TV comedies. It was brilliant. All of their choices were brilliant.”
It seems like it’s only a matter of time until Frasier is back on television!
Reporting by Lexi Ciccone