Speaking to Piers Morgan on Monday, Kelsey, 56, said that the newly minted reality star, 43, married him for his industry status. "I think she married me because I was 'Frasier,'" Kelsey said, referring to the TV character he made famous in prime time from 1993 to 2004.
Once he saw stars in his ex's eyes, Kelsey offered her the "parting gift" of "Housewives." "Whether or not it worked well for her doesn't matter," Kelsey told Morgan of Camille. "It was my way of saying, 'Look, you always wanted to be famous. Here you go.'"
While the actor argues that reality TV is not a direct path to stardom, "you still get attention; you still get all those things that come along for the ride, which I think is what she was most interested in," he told Morgan.
As their marriage disintegrated on camera, Camille has said that in hindsight that she realized her husband may have had an ulterior motive when he signed on to do Broadway. "Looking back, maybe he wanted to keep me preoccupied in California while he was off having his affair in New York," ex Playboy model Camille told the New York Post last year.
Kelsey told Morgan he wished he was more upfront with Camille about the fact that their relationship wasn't going to make it.
"I was trying to do some noble gesture to make the destruction of the previous marriage go easier somehow and that was a mistake," says Kelsey, who began dating current wife Kayte Walsh, 30, while he was in New York City performing on Broadway. "I should have walked home and said 'we're done. You finally have everything you wanted, and I've found a new life.'
Kelsey married Walsh in February 2011 at New York's Longacre Theater, where he staged "La Cage Aux Folles." He famously expedited his divorce from Camille two weeks earlier in order to fast-track his nuptials with the British flight attendant.