Ted Danson explains why a ‘Cheers’ reunion isn’t likely despite a ‘lovely’ Emmy’s bit

If you’re looking forward to a “Cheers” reunion after seeing the cast reunite at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this month, you might want to take a breather.

“You know it’s funny,” star Ted Danson told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve met everyone recently, pretty much everyone,” he says, hinting that some sort of reunion may be on the way.

But Danson quickly shot down the idea, saying that while it was “really fun” to reunite at the Emmys, the former co-stars have no intention of being on set together again. Danson said a “population of older people” with different opinions is not a good sign.

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Ted Danson said the Cheers cast won’t be working together again, although they recently reunited at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Fraser Harrison/Getty Images)

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Joining Danson on stage at the Emmys were Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer and George Wendt. Two important cast members, Woody Harrelson and Shelley Long, did not appear, but they left the show after the fifth season. Rumors of a feud between Danson and Long flew around Hollywood.

Sherry: I’m sorry [wasn’t there] Danson explained Harrelson’s absence by saying, “Woody was off doing a play in London. I saw it and he was great. But it was great.”

Long was spotted in Los Angeles the day after the awards ceremony.

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At the Emmy Awards, the cast appeared at the rebuilt Bull & Finch pub.

“Anthony, thank you for bringing us all here,” Danson began telling the show’s host, Anthony Anderson. “Ah, I’m really happy to be able to stand in front of you all like this, thank you.”

cast of "cheers" Scattered around the Bull & Finch Pub on stage at the Emmy Awards

Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, Kelsey Grammer, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt appear at the makeshift Bull & Finch Pub during the Emmy Awards. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)


“Look, Ted, why don’t you think of it as a long-overdue reunion,” Ratzenberger suggested. “And being together brings back great memories of a show that we’re all so proud of,” Grammer said.

George Wendt appeared at the end of the skit, to the surprise and cheers of the audience.

“Cheers” aired for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993.



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