KELSEY JOKES WITH FORMER 'CHEERS' STARS

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Celebrating the $1.6 million per episode "Frasier" deal that makes him the highest-paid TV star in history, Kelsey Grammer got together at LA's swanky Pinot eatery with his old "Cheers" buddies -- Ted Danson, George Wendt and John "Cliff" Ratzenberger. Kelsey told them emotionally: "If it hadn't been for 'Cheers' -- and you guys sticking by me -- I might be pumping gas!" But then, a shocking moment -- Kelsey demanded the waiter bring SEPARATE checks! The stunned stars reached glumly for their wallets -- and Kelsey burst into HYSTERICAL laughter! "Oh, the LOOKS on your faces," he roared -- then picked up the whole tab!