Fran Drescher on How the Relationship with Charles Shaughnessy Killed 'The Nanny'

Francine Drescher says that passion between her and Charles Shaughnessy on the screen was the reason why the sitcom ended.

The hit series "The Nanny" was canceled in 1999, sooner than expected, and Drescher explained what caused its unexpected end amid talks of a reboot. 

Fran Fine, who was played by Fran Drescher, was in love with Maxwell Sheffield, the father of kids she took care of. This chemistry between two actors on the screen was the reason why the show was canceled, according to the actress.

Drescher explained that when Mr. Sheffield and Fran Fine got together, it completely changed the show. The dynamic was different because it wasn’t about Fran and the children she was supposed to care for anymore.

The actress stated that the "sexual tension" should have been kept out of the show, because as soon as they got together, the intrigue of "will they or won't they" was gone, and the audience lost interest. 

Drescher was a part of the show from 1993 until 1999, and she explained that when the show time was changed, "The Nanny's" ratings also dropped. She had been against the plotline where her character married Max because she had a feeling it would ruin the series. 

Fran Drescher at the Fran Drescher's 2016 Cabaret Cruise at Pier 40 on June 20, 2016 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Fran Drescher at the Fran Drescher's 2016 Cabaret Cruise at Pier 40 on June 20, 2016 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

After the couple’s wedding, "The Nanny" came to its end in the next season. Now Drescher is talking about a possible reboot of the show. Charles Shaughnessy, who played Maxwell Sheffield, thinks it might be a bad idea.

Drescher and Shaughnessy at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on March 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Drescher and Shaughnessy at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on March 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

“The whole concept of 'The Nanny' is a nanny to these three kids. When those three kids are all grown up, there is no need for a nanny,” pointed out the actor.

Drescher has said that she might agree to play in the reboot, but not just for money. She wants the reboot to be of a "high standard," and for it to make sense 20 years later.

Shaughnessy doesn't believe that a reboot of the show would interest the viewers and thinks that it should be left as it is, considering it was given a logical happy ending. 

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