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Kelsey Grammer and his ex-wife Camille Grammer have been publically duking it out for years now, but – finally! – one of them has figured out how better to play the PR game. While they are both certainly quite guilty of mudslinging and saying some pretty atrocious things about one another to the media, Camille seems to have finally decided to take a higher road and say something nice about their 13-year marriage:
"Kelsey and I shared a life together and have two beautiful children together, and I just wish he would stop the constant barrage of negativity towards me as it's bad for our children and our respective families … I would hope that Kelsey would say something positive about our life together, so we can be amicable. I have absolutely no ill will towards Kelsey, I keep focused on what is ahead and I don't look back. I have happy memories about my time with Kelsey, yes, there were sad times, but I focus on the positive times for the sake of our children. I'm just not a negative person."
The comment is certainly a step in the right direction. I have only just started paying attention to the Kelsey-Camille feud and am already thoroughly annoyed by it. There’s just no enjoyment in watching individuals who were involved in a marriage for more than a decade sit there and speak poorly of one another. I find it in particularly poor taste that Kelsey is the one who cheated with his now-wife Kayte Walsh, yet he is the one making spiteful and tasteless public comments about his marriage with Camille.
Kelsey has decided he will never mention Camille’s name again, making for some awkward moments when he’s responding to questions about her and their failed marriage in interviews; he has to find ways to respond without using her name, which often results in general statements or, in the case of his Oprah interview, referring to her as “that woman.” Really Kelsey?
Kelsey is also mistaking the public’s curiosity about his divorce as an invitation to over-share about his relationship with Kayte. For example, Kelsey told late night talk show host Conan O’Brien that he most definitely did not sleep with Kayte on their first date.
"Well, we kissed that night...we didn't do anything much more than kiss for several months. I just wanted to clear that up ... she was worth the wait,” Kelsey eagerly shared.
First off, yuck. I don’t want the image of Kelsey Grammer having sex in my head. Ever. Second, why the hell would he share that little tidbit? Who cares how long he waited to sleep with the woman he cheated on his wife with? The point remains the same. He cheated. He could have ended his marriage at any point prior to moving on like that, but he chose not to. That, in my book, is inexcusable.
Kelsey even managed to mess up his one attempt at appearing somewhat apologetic about how poorly he handled things, when he told Anderson Cooper he should have told Camille about Kayte right away.
“I regret not doing that. I thought I could do something nice, some parting thing and so it was very painful and uncomfortable. It was uncomfortable for Kayte, it was uncomfortable for all of us."
A parting gift?! You’ve got to be kidding me. How is not telling your wife that you’re cheating on her a favor in any way?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not an avid Camille fan. I don’t think she’s super great or mature either, but I will say she seems to be clearly winning the PR war against Kelsey by deciding to mostly stay quiet these days, and when she did speak publically about it, there was no name calling or thinly-veiled jabs.
I hope the approach rubs off on Kelsey soon, or he at least moves on to talking about something – anything! – else in his interviews.