‘Fraiser’: Scientology Was Only Part of the Reason Kirstie Alley Was Never on the Series

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kirstie Alley during "Mission: Impossible III" Los Angeles Fan Screening.

TV present spin-offs don’t get a lot better than Frasier. The feel-good sitcom started airing in 1993, just a few months after its predecessor Cheers aired its collection finale, and ran for 11 seasons on NBC.

While the present centered on Frasier Crane as the primary character, viewers received to see plenty of visits from Cheers’s predominant solid members all through Frasier‘s run — all besides one. Kirstie Alley’s character, Rebecca Howe, by no means noticed the sunshine of day in Seattle for a few totally different causes. 

What was ‘Frasier’ about?

Frasier passed off shortly after Cheers’s storyline ended. Having moved to Seattle from Boston after his marriage ended, Dr. Frasier Crane got down to reunite together with his father, Martin (John Mahoney), and his brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce).

Cheers followers tuned in in droves to observe high-strung Frasier, a radio psychiatrist and host of The Dr. Frasier Crane Show, alter to dwelling together with his way more easy-going father. 

Frasier was extra character-driven than Cheers. While Cheers relied closely on bodily comedy and romantic relationship dilemmas, whereas throwing within the occasional intense feelings, Frasier relied rather more on the expansion of particular person characters throughout the smaller predominant solid.

Frasier and Niles, each psychiatrists, spend their time fixing different folks’s issues however are comically unable to cope with one another’s personal life issues as they come up. 

What was Kirstie Alley’s purpose for not guest-starring on ‘Frasier’?

Actress Kirstie Alley, an everyday on Cheers from 1987-1993, was the one predominant solid member to by no means make an look on Frasier. Alley claimed that she didn’t need to make a visitor look on the spin-off as a result of the present centered round psychiatry — one thing she didn’t help, as a result of her spiritual background as a Scientologist.

Alley turned a member of the Church of Scientology in 1979. The group has famously denounced psychiatry since its inception within the 1950s, based mostly on founder L. Ron Hubbard’s personal emotions towards the apply. On their web site, the Church of Scientology claims that psychiatry has no foundation the truth is and that there isn’t a proof of illnesses like melancholy and anxiousness, calling using antidepressants “an elaborate and deadly hoax.”

Alley, a member of the group, totally agrees with these statements and stated prior to now that it’s why she wouldn’t seem on Frasier.

What was the precise purpose Kirstie Alley by no means appeared on ‘Frasier’?

Kirstie Alley during "Mission: Impossible III" Los Angeles Fan Screening.
Kirstie Alley | Chris Polk/FilmMagic

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After Alley’s declaration that she didn’t seem on Frasier due to her spiritual beliefs, present creator David Lee responded by merely saying: “I don’t recall asking.” 

Frasier centered closely round psychiatry. Frasier and Niles each labored as psychiatrists and far of the episodes had been based mostly on the truth that the brothers had been inept at coping with their very own issues. They even see a {couples}’ therapist after their try at working a psychiatry apply collectively goes terribly as a result of their fixed sibling rivalry.

This isn’t the one instance of a celeb utilizing their Scientology perception system as an excuse to assault psychiatry. Actor Tom Cruise as soon as famously argued with Today host Matt Lauer about using treatment to assist folks with psychological well being issues. Cruise advised Lauer that “psychiatry is a pseudoscience” and “there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance in a body.” Lauer said that he knew folks for whom antidepressants had labored, and Cruise merely advised him he was incorrect.

The Church of Scientology defends their statements on psychiatry and promote that Scientology itself, together with train and nutritional vitamins, may help individuals who declare to undergo from psychological well being issues greater than any treatment. All we all know is that it in all probability would have been a fairly good episode of Frasier if Rebecca Howe had proven up.

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