Fran Drescher's gay husband inspires sitcom return
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...