Amidst rumors that he neglected his children on Father's Day, Kelsey Grammer is fighting back with his side of the story. The formerly drug-addicted partier-turned-family-man took to his official website to set the record straight regarding speculation behind his sudden split from his wife of 12 years, model Camille Grammer. "The truth is I did call my kids that evening. Frankly, I was surprised that they did not call me in the morning, but I was thousands of miles away and working that day so I didn't give it a second thought," says the actor, who is currently performing in La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway in New York while his daughter Mason, 8, and son, Jude, 5, live in LA with their mother.
Kelsey also assures his fans that he has no bad blood with his estranged wife, who filed for divorce on July 1. "Camille and I had been discussing the possibility of a separation for some time before all this happened. She finally decided she should file. I respect her for this decision. I hope to have a great partnership with her in the raising of our children," he adds. As for reports that he was spotted canoodling with an attractive blonde in a New York restaurant, Kelsey claims the lady in question was his daughter from his first marriage, 26-year-old Greek star Spencer. "I do take issue with the characterization that we were smooching, but surely if that were the case then even I admit it might be newsworthy in some fashion," the former Frasier star jokes.