Actress Fran Drescher has described her marriage with producer Peter Marc Jacobson as “happy,” adding that she did not divorce him because he's gay.

Drescher and her then-husband created and produced the long-running CBS sitcom The Nanny, which starred Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish working class woman from Queens who creates chaos when she lands a job looking after the children of an upper class Broadway producer in New York.

The couple have reunited to produce the hit sitcom Happily Divorced, which is loosely based on Drescher's life after divorcing Jacobson in 1999 after 21 years of marriage.

In an interview with Fox News to pitch her just-released children's book Being Wendy, Drescher described the reasons why the pair split.

“We were best friends in high school. We had a happy marriage and we had a very active sex life. Because of my lack of experience with other men I thought he was metrosexual and didn't look beyond that. Maybe also I didn't want to look beyond that because at the end of the day I was afraid to be alone and afraid to admit that I'd made a mistake,” Drescher said.

She added that The Nanny kept dealing with her marriage at bay.

“Ultimately I did divorce him and it was not because he was gay, because he hadn't come out, it was because he was way too controlling,” she said.