NEW YORK (AP) -- Camille Grammer says becoming a part of Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise has helped ease the pain of her divorce from "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer.

The 42-year-old former Playboy model calls filming "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" a welcome diversion.

She filed for divorce in July, citing "irreconcilable differences." The couple had been married for 13 years and have two children, 9-year-old daughter Mason and 6-year-old son Jude.

In the season premiere that airs Thursday, Kelsey is seen leaving for New York to star in Broadway's "La Cage aux Folles." Camille says watching the first episode was difficult.

She says: "It was hard for me. It definitely brought a tear to my eye."

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.