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Fran Drescher's gay ex-factor is a laughing matter on 'Happily Divorced'

Fran Fran Drescher, who became a TV powerhouse thanks to the popularity of "The Nanny," is back with "Happily Divorced," which puts a comedic spin on her emotional real-life journey with Peter Marc Jacobson, her producing partner -- and ex-husband.

In the new show which premieres Wednesday on TV Land, Drescher plays a florist who suddenly discovers Peter (John Michael Higgins), her husband of 18 years, is gay. The premise is inspired by Drescher and Jacobson's marriage and split. The two developed "The Nanny," but separated when that show ended in 1999. They soon divorced, and Jacobson revealed a few years later that he was gay.

Drescher and Jacobson created the new show, and Jacobson is an executive producer. They remain close and are hoping fans of "The Nanny" will find plenty to laugh at with "Happily Divorced."

For more on Drescher and Jacobson and their unusual partnership, read this.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Fran Drescher and John Michael Higgins at the premiere of "Happily Divorced."

Credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

 
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