Fran Drescher developing sitcom based on true story of her gay ex husband

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Nasal-voiced wonder Fran Drescher, 52, was married to a man for 21 years who ultimately came out as gay. Fran is best of friends with her ex, Peter Marc Jacobson, a writer/actor who co produced the hit 90s sitcom on which Fran starred, The Nanny. The two were separated for several years before divorcing in 1999. Now Jacobson and Drescher are working on a sitcom together loosely based on their true life experience. It sounds positive and potentially fun, although given their past work it could easily veer into pure cornball territory:

Fran Drescher has never been shy about voicing her support for gay rights: In 2008, she and her former husband co-hosted a cocktail party in LA to benefit an organization that has sought to block California’s ban on same-sex marriage. But it turns out that the cause was even closer to the Nanny star’s heart than her fans could have guessed — as In Touch can now exclusively reveal, Peter Marc Jacobson, the man to whom Fran, 52, was married for more than two decades, is gay. “Peter and I met when we were 15,” Fran tells In Touch. “We were just kids and didn’t know who we truly were. We went through a lot together.” The couple split for good in 1999, and according to an insider, Peter later came out of the closet to Fran. They continue to collaborate and are still “the best of friends. We love each other dearly,” she says. “We have even fixed each other up! I more successfully than him, by the way.” They’re even working together on a new sitcom based on their relationship. “Peter and I feel so blessed to have met each other and to still have a caring, loving relationship,” Fran says. “Love is what we’re all about.”

[From In Touch Weekly via Huffington Post]

It sounds like these two are still pitching this show and hoping to get some interest in it. They could probably use the money, but I bet they still do pretty well off the residuals for The Nanny. As annoying as that show is, it really appeals to international audiences and is shown in 20 other countries around the world, including Australia, Italy and Russia. I see it dubbed on German TV all the time. Maybe this new show will be a hit for them, although it’s hard to imagine that it will be groundbreaking in any way or involve any characters that aren’t predictable stereotypes. Hopefully their storytelling ability has matured in the past 10 years.

Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson are shown in 2007 in the header. She is shown below on 4/2/10. Holy Botox! Credit: WENN.com

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  1. Kiki says:

    Wow! I wish them best of luck! “The Nanny” was a super hit here in Mexico -it was one of the few shows all the family could watch together”… Go Fran!

  2. Jack says:

    i think it is great that they have this great relation ship after they had to go through that rape .. i admire fran drescher so much , she is inspiring and a very classy lady

  3. rraven says:

    Her husband was gay and their marriage still lasted 21 years! And they both look good together still, reminds me of Will and Grace, in the sense of having a soulmate who is of opposite sexuality to you, if that makes sense.

  4. Shay says:

    The Nanny reruns are still being shown in Australia on its Go! channel.

  5. GatsbyGal says:

    She’s 52?? Wow, she looks great.

  6. Karen says:

    Holy Botox or not, I couldn’t fully get behind The Nanny but I do love Fran Drescher. A true testament to the power of love, affection and forgiveness to divorce amicably and still remain friends. Definitely not something that is possible in every failed marriage/relationship (cough Jesse James/Tiger Woods cough) but kudos to Fran and Peter for making it work.

  7. Annie says:

    Is that a great necklace or WHAT! OMG I covet that thing!

  8. tiki says:

    digging peter’s homage to the beegees with the ubuttoned-down-to-there-shirt/hairy chest look. ‘saturday night fever’ lives. somewhere barry gibb is weeping with joy at being remembered.

  9. tess says:

    The Nanny has back to back shows on the Hallmark channel here in Asia. It’s definitely not a family show for young kids, and no one seems to watch it, but all the expats remember it from their college days!

  10. maria says:

    Peter is hot! I think I like them both. Mazel tov!

  11. Just a Poster says:

    Where the hell have I been? I didn’t know her ex husband was gay!

    I really like Fran, she is one heck of a fighter and looks great. Hopefully she will have continued great health!

    Oh yes, it is fun to see my kids enjoying the show that I used to watch back in the day!

  12. Beejay says:

    WTF, 52? She looks 42, tops. The only giveaway is her neck, and maybe her hands. Her face looks flawless! At 31 I have more wrinkles in my face in a neutral position than she has smiling. Damnit, I want to dislike her for that, but truth is, I always LOVED the Nanny, so I just can’t.

    Also, her ex hubby is hot. Gay face, sure, but check out the fabulous chesthair. I would not kick him out of my bed, no sir…

  13. lucy2 says:

    I can’t stand that Nanny show! If I had a list of shows I hated, that would be on it.
    However…I think it’s great that they’ve stayed friends and work together. I can’t imagine it was easy, but it’s nice they’ve hung onto their friendship.

  14. Feebee says:

    If it can be as funny as The Nanny’s funny bits then it might be good. Though I don’t want to give Star Jones and Al Reynolds any ideas… oh wait, he’s not out yet right?

  15. LondonParis says:

    NO shame: to this day, I LOVE ‘The Nanny’ and it still gets laughs outta me. I’d watch another one of their shows in a heartbeat!

  16. Vienne says:

    I LOOOOVE The Nanny! I watch it every night before I go to sleep. Anything Fran does is funny. I know lots of young American kids who were just introduced to The Nanny and love it. Every second is a joke. Just hilarious. Love you Fran! Can’t wait for the new show!!

  17. TrixC says:

    I can’t believe no one has commented on how much surgery she’s had. Her face looks so stretched she can barely open her eyes. Why, Fran why?

  18. Tia C says:

    @ Trix: I was thinking the same thing. Wow, had much work done, Fran?

    I hated the Nanny. I really like her, but I can’t listen to her for more than like, 2 minutes. She seems like a genuinely good person, though and I wish them success with their new show!

  19. Emily says:

    She looks really good in the pic with the white top. But in the red top… Can she even open her eyes all the way?

  20. Me says:

    What a kind and inspiring lady. Good for them both.

  21. Kim says:

    Please at 15 he might not have known (doubtful) but they were married 21 years. Surely by age 20 he knew yet stayed married and in closet. I am really sick of closeted gays coming out years later!

  22. stevie ezell says:

    sounds like me and my X we dated for 3 years we dated when we was 12 and i broke up with him cuzz he finally told me he had someone else to and i said oh cool and hes like im gay but now me and him r the best of freinds plus gay ppl r funn to hang with.WEll <3 HUGS AND KISSES LOVE YA. BY.STVEI ITS GOIN TO BE OK WITH U 2 as best freinds.

  23. People should be able to marry who they want, regardless of their gender.

  24. marian says:

    I love The Nanny, I watch her show every night rerun after rerun. The chic is funny and so is her cast. I can’t wait for the new show.