Fran Drescher's gay husband inspires sitcom return

Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:43pm EDT
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fran Drescher's new sitcom, "Happily Divorced," offer viewers a glimpse into her real-life marital break-up after her husband of 18 years revealed he was gay.

Created by Drescher and ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobsen, the comedy offers a modern-day twist on divorce: After her husband "comes out," they are forced to live together due to financial constraints.

Drescher, 53, co-stars with John Michael Higgins. "Happily Divorced premieres Wednesday on cable channel TV Land.

Best known for her role as "The Nanny," Drescher is also a political lobbyist, health activist and author. Reuters spoke to Drescher about love, being "Happily Divorced" and playing matchmaker for her ex-husband.

Q: "Happily Divorced" is based on your real life when your husband told you he was gay after 18 years. How will viewers relate to this show?

A: I hope they respond in the same way our live audience has -- they love it! The series is inspired by our relationship and reinvention of our friendship. It has a lot of laughs and a lot of substance.

Q: What was your reaction when he told you?

A: It was two years out of the (1999) divorce, and I had already battled cancer and was already in love with a man sixteen years my junior, so it was fine.   Continued...