‘Cheers’: Why Ted Danson Complained About Shelley Long

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Shelley Long as Diane Chambers on Cheers

Cheers could have appeared like a strong, glad household on tv, however apparently that wasn’t all the time the case. While a lot of the forged and crew received alongside fairly properly, it appears there have been some points when it got here to Shelley Long. Kelsey Grammer has prompt that Long brought about some rigidity on set, even with producers. Ted Danson had some particular complaints about Long, and whereas the 2 appear to have since buried the hatchet, it appears as if Danson received moderately irritated with Long whereas filming. 

Kesley Grammer claims crew butted heads with Shelley Long

Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Shelley Long as Diane Chambers on Cheers
Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Shelley Long as Diane Chambers on Cheers| NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

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Right off the bat, Shelley Long was not significantly keen on Frasier Crane as a personality. She felt as if Kelsey Grammer’s character was too just like her personal, and that a few of his traces have been treading on Diane Chambers’ toes, so to talk. 

According to Grammer, Long’s complaints have been so frequent that producers grew to become moderately irritated together with her. In his autobiography, So Far…, Grammer even prompt that the producers of Cheers saved Frasier Crane within the present for therefore lengthy to annoy Long. 

Grammer went on to say that Frasier Crane’s arc was initially meant to be a mere three episodes lengthy. Show author Ken Levine says that wasn’t the case, nonetheless, and that Grammer gained his prolonged keep on his personal benefit. 

“Quite simply, he was retained because he was terrific and once everyone saw the dynamics between his character and the others in the bar it was clear that Frasier Crane was a keeper. For Kelsey to suggest anything other is not to give himself enough credit. He earned that promotion,” the author defined on his weblog. 

Shelley Long dishes on Ted Danson’s complaints

Ted Danson and Shelley Long of CheersTed Danson and Shelley Long of Cheers
Ted Danson and Shelley Long of Cheers | Chris Polk/FilmMagic

While Cheers producers could have struggled with Shelley Long’s complaints, Long herself says Ted Danson received pissed off together with her over her skill to hit her marks on time. 

During a 1992 interview with The Sun Sentinel, Long says that whereas she and Danson by no means had any huge fights, Danson was notably pissed off. 

“We never fought. Maybe we should have. I mean, he got angry once, pretty late in the game about something that I wish he had told me about long before, because I made every effort to change it. And I think I did a pretty good job, although maybe it wasn’t good enough for him,” she defined.

The Sun Sentinel reported that Danson felt as if Long was usually off the mark together with her timing, leaving Danson feeling irritated along with his costar. Long went on to say that the extra advanced outfits she was anticipated to put on as a girl made it troublesome for her to get onto the set on time. She made efforts to repair this, however to no avail. 

“I ate more hair in those days because I would have my dinner while it was being done. I did all of this after Ted made his suggestion,” she mentioned. 

But are the 2 on good phrases? “I liked Ted and I still like Ted,” Long mentioned. 

‘Cheers’ writers laud Shelley Long’s appearing 

Shelley Long as Diane Chambers, Ted Danson as Sam Malone on CheersShelley Long as Diane Chambers, Ted Danson as Sam Malone on Cheers
Shelley Long as Diane Chambers, Ted Danson as Sam Malone on Cheers | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

Cheers present writers, nonetheless, have lauded Shelley Long’s appearing. In truth, they assume she helped carry Cheers in its first few seasons. 

“For my money, Shelley’s just after Lucille Ball for great physicality and comedy. Pound for pound I think she’s one of the best comic actresses I’ve been around. She brought a uniqueness to Diane that came out of her and she was totally willing to make the laugh be on her,” David Isaacs informed The Hollywood Reporter. 

“I always felt that Shelley had the toughest assignment. It would have been so easy to hate Diane. Shelley somehow managed to lean into Diane’s arrogance and many neuroses and somehow make her lovable, vulnerable, sexy and funny. To this day I’m in awe watching her in the first season,” mentioned Ken Levine. 

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