Sunrise’s Michael Pell says the WORST celebrity interview he’s ever seen was with an American actor
Michael Pell, the outgoing executive producer behind Channel Seven’s hit breakfast show Sunrise, has claimed the worst celebrity interview he’s ever seen on the show was with Kelsey Grammer.
Pell, 38, who ended on Sunrise Friday after leading the show to success for the past 11 years, reportedly The Daily Telegraph this Grammer actor was “difficult” to work with.
Pell said Grammer, 67, who starred in the long-running sitcom Frasier, exploded with rage when a Sunrise producer asked about his ex-wife Camille Meyer.
Spill the beans: Sunrise executive producer Michael Pell (pictured) claimed this week that the worst celebrity interview he’s seen on the show over the years was with Kelsey Grammer
“When asked about his ex-wife Camille, his new partner objected and he exploded in rage and basically threatened a producer and called him a despicable dog,” Pell alleged.
He added, “The comedians as a whole are a bit hit or miss.”
The on-air debacle happened on Sunrise in October 2011 after Grammer’s split from wife Camille was exposed very publicly on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Presenters David Koch and Natalie Barr asked the actor about his “private life being ‘played out’ on reality TV”.
Don’t hold back! Pell, 38, who finished on Sunrise on Friday after leading the show to success for the past 11 years, alleged to The Daily Telegraph that actor Kelsey Grammer was ‘difficult’ to work with
Breakup: Kelsey Grammer seen here on the red carpet with ex-wife Camille in 1997 – the Frasier star reportedly became furious when Sunrise played scenes of the couples breaking up on reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills during an episode of The Breakfast Show in 2011
Kelsey squirmed as footage of his breakup with Camille on Real Housewives aired.
It was later revealed that his current wife, Kayte Walsh, was watching the interview being broadcast in the studio.
According to Australian newspaper Herald Sun, Kelsey phoned Sunrise producer Mark Beirne immediately after the show aired and sparked a series of profanities.
Drama: Kelsey squirmed as footage of the Real Housewives actor and Camille aired on Sunrise in 2011 – it was later revealed that his current wife, Kayte Walsh, was watching the interview air in the studio. Pictured: Grammer and Kayte Walsh in 2010
Grammer later defended his outburst by releasing an official statement published in UK Express.
“The Sunrise show thought it was appropriate to show clips from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with Camille commenting on Kelsey,” he said.
‘…Kelsey felt that was not only rude, but out of place. He asked to speak directly to the producer about it and when the producer refused he tried to call him.
Shortly after, Grammer told reporters at a Queensland radio conference that he would never appear on Sunrise again and that his outburst was “deserved”.
Elsewhere in the interview, Pell, who is known as the network’s “wunderkind,” admitted to making mistakes during his watch on the top-rated breakfast show.
His worst on-air misstep, he said, was the infamous Sex and the City skit in 2016 when Sunrise crew members Sam Armytage, Natalie Barr and Edwina Bartholomew dressed up as the main characters of the beloved HBO show.
“It was a bad sketch and I wish we never did it,” he said.
Pell did not appear on screen on his final day on Sunrise Friday, but was spotted on set alongside Natalie Barr as he filmed his final episode at the helm.
“It’s a bittersweet day here at Sunrise. Our young executive producer is leaving for an exciting new role here at Seven,’ David ‘Kochie’ Koch told Sunrise fans.
“It’s a bittersweet day here at Sunrise – our young executive producer is leaving for an exciting new role here at Seven,” David “Kochie” Koch told Sunrise fans on Friday.
Natalie Barr, 54, added: “I loved working with Michael every day. He’s fun, he’s dedicated, he’s an amazing executive producer.
Pell will take on a new leadership position within the network in Los Angeles, where he will effectively be Seven’s “talent scout” in the United States, in search of new formats.
His job title will be Senior Vice President, Entertainment Content, North America.
Sarah Stinson, executive producer of The Morning Show for 11 years, has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Morning Television, overseeing Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show.
Natalie Barr, 54, paid tribute to Pell: ‘I loved working with Michael every day. He’s fun, he’s dedicated, he’s an amazing executive producer’