Kelsey Grammer Says Emmy Awards Snubbed Him Because He's Republican

08/15/2012 04:24 pm ET | Updated Oct 15, 2012

Kelsey Grammer has an interesting theory for why he wasn't nominated for an Emmy this year. During his appearance on "The Tonight Show," the actor told Jay Leno he was baffled his performance on "Boss" didn't make the cut.

When pressed by Leno to offer a possible explanation, Grammer floated the fact that he's one of Hollywood's few "declared, out of the closet Republicans."

The actor described a somewhat detailed scenario wherein an Emmy voter relied on politics in making their selection (rather than a critical attention to the potential nominees), then sarcastically said he doesn't "believe that's possible." (Video of his appearance is available above.)

The "Frasier" star also noted that his last Emmy win came before he became a public conservative, though he may have forgotten about his 2006 win for voice-over work on "The Simpsons." Grammer has long been known as a conservative, having endorsed Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid and supported George Bush in 2001.

Grammer has won a total of five primetime Emmy awards (four times for "Frasier"). This year, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama for "Boss."

That he was not nominated for an Emmy does not necessarily mean he was snubbed. The series, which is on Starz, was described as "almost good" by the New York Times and has enjoyed generally favorable but not amazing reviews (the series currently sits at 78% on MetaCritic).

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