Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Kelsey Grammer may be paying soon-to-be-ex-wife Camille a cool $50 million for a “quickie” divorce — so he can immediately marry fiancee Kayte Walsh — but friends of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star are concerned she may be “poisoning” the couple’s young children against Grammer.
Their daughter Mason Olivia, 9, and son Jude Gordon, 6, both were born via a surrogate.
While many in Hollywood — including some of the actor’s old “Frasier” team — think he treated Camille badly as he fumbled his way out of their marriage, a longtime Camille chum admits, “there were good reasons why Kelsey left Camille — long before he physically moved out.”
Another person close to the Grammers claims, “Camille was a pretty cold fish and often nasty to Kelsey,” going back at least two years.
“On top of that, Camille appeared to be clueless about their relationship. She thought Kelsey was totally dependent on her and never dreamed he would leave her, especially for someone like Kayte.
“She was always nervous about actresses and Hollywood celebrities that Kelsey innocently flirted with — not realizing it would be a non-celebrity who would win his heart. ... In a way, it makes sense that someone who would idolize him and be impressed by his stardom would win him.”
CASHING IN: Another father of a famous young music star is trying to cash in on his kid’s fame. Taking a page from Amy Winehouse’s dad, Mitch (who’s already performing in Britain), Justin Bieber’s dad, Jeremy (who taught Justin to play and sing to the guitar when he was little), is trying to use Justin’s connection to Usher to get his own recording contract.
WEDDING WISH: Willie Nelson has agreed to sing at Jessica Simpson’s wedding, which obviously is fast approaching. Nelson and Simpson have become close pals and often collaborate, as they did on that cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking.”
TUSSAUDS TROUSSEAU: Word has it, princess-in-waiting Kate Middleton is working closely with the Madame Tussauds’ wax museum folks — and will pose at a sitting for her statue sometime after she marries Prince William April 29.
There’s also a strong possibility that Middleton will give Tussaud’s the blue dress she wore for the couple’s engagement announcement — to dress the wax likeness that will be placed with the rest of the royal family statues.
BABY BEAT: Congrats to country star and Grammy nominee Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy, on the Christmas Day arrival of their second daughter, Jordan Catherine.
As a Christmas “baby” myself, I certainly agree with the comment to People by Bentley’s rep: “Say what you want about Santa’s physique, but no arguing with his impeccable timing!”
STAGE SET: Strong armed forces supporter Gov. Quinn, along with Goodman Theatre honorary chairman Albert Goodman, will be onstage Friday for the Goodman’s “Community Day” honoring an audience largely composed of service men and women and their families for the closing of “A Christmas Carol.”
† Actor Danny Goldring is reprising one of his most acclaimed roles, playing the title character in Brett Neveu’s “The Earl,” in a new production being staged by the Inconvenience company in association with A Red Orchid Theatre, opening Feb. 2 at A Red Orchid on North Wells.
SEEN ON SCENE: Back in town for the Christmas weekend, Second City alum and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jason Sudeikis headed to SC and caught both the “Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies” and “The Absolute Best Friggin Time of Your Life” shows. Then, joined by his “SNL” castmate Paul Brittain, he went to iO Theatre and thrilled the improv students there. ... Yes, that was Steppenwolf ensemble member and Oscar nominee Joan Allen dining at RA Sushi. … Jay Cutler — clearly still going strong with actress Kristin Cavallari — celebrated the Bears’ win Sunday at Mercadito on West Kinzie. ... “The Big Bang Theory” star and ex-Oak Parker Johnny Galecki checked out the “Without You I’m Nothing” and “Luc Tuymans” exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Bill Zwecker reports regularly on WFLD-Channel 32.