Kelsey Grammer explains why his older kids got 'lost in the shuffle'

Kelsey Grammerwas 29 when he welcomed his first child. In November 2016, at the age of 61, he became a father for the seventh time. Now 63, the six-time Emmy winner says he’s enjoying the parenting experience more than ever. The reason: he doesn’t have to stress about his career.

“You don’t have to worry about it the same way as when you’re 30 and you have a kid,” Grammer told Us Weekly and other reporters at the Hollywood Salutes Israel event in L.A. on Sunday, June 10. The Frasier alum admitted that when he was getting started in Hollywood there was “a greater sort of energy or angst about ‘Am I going to make it?’” and that affected his family life. “Your kids get a little lost in that shuffle,” he revealed. “And you end up regretting it.”

Grammer and his wife, Kayte Walsh, are parents of Faith, 5, Kelsey Gabriel, 3, and 19-month-old Auden James. He is also father of Mason, 16, Jude, 13, Greer, 26, and Spencer, 34, from previous relationships. 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 11: Actress Greer Grammer (L) and actor Kelsey Grammer attend the premiere of Lionsgate Films' 'The Expendables 3' at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Greer Grammer arrives at 2014 UCLA Visionary Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 30, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Greer Grammer attends the 11th Annual Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party With Emporio Armani on September 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Teen Vogue)
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Though it’s safe to assume Grammer can afford a team of nannies, he gushed that his wife of seven years prefers to do everything herself. “We don’t actually have help of a significant level because she’s got that thing,” he shared. “She says, ‘I don’t want to wake up and say, ‘I got this. I want to have it.’” At the moment, the former flight attendant has her hands full with the baby. “My youngest son James, he’s talking. He’s walking,” said Grammer. “He’s the first of this last batch that actually eats all the time. He crawls across the floor to get other people’s food so that seems to be his niche right now. Consumption!”

James’ siblings, meanwhile, “discover things every day,” raved Grammer, recalling how Gabriel recently watched him perform music from Beauty and the Beast at the Hollywood Bowl in May. “I hadn’t planned on him coming. I didn’t think he’d have the concentration for it and he was absolutely transfixed,” said Grammer. “And the next night, my daughter [Faith] came with me and she was just going to sit backstage but as she heard the music she said, ‘I have to go out there. I have to go out and see it!’”

Though the actor exhausted from his kids’ 5 a.m. wake-up calls, he calls the energy at his home “magnificent.”

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NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer attends the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 18: Camille Grammer and Kelsey Grammer attends the opening of 'La Cage Aux Folles' on Broadway at the Providence on April 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 06: Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer arrive at NFL owners party at Viceroy Miami on February 6, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 30: Camille Grammer and actor Kelsey Grammer attend the 6th Annual Roots Jam Session at Key Club on January 30, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Kelsey Grammer and wife Camille Grammer arrive for the Cirque Du Soleil Opening Night Gala For Kooza at Santa Monica Pier on October 16, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Actor Kelsey Grammer (L) and his wife Camille Grammer visit 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on September 29, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Camille Grammer, Mason Olivia Grammer and Kelsey Grammer arrives on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Fame' at the Pacific Theatre at The Grove on September 23, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
MALIBU, CA - AUGUST 29: Actor Kelsey Grammer, Camille Donatacci, a guest and Fred Segal attend Fred Segal's birthday charity event and auction at a Private Residence on August 29, 2009 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
Kelsey Grammer, Camille Donatacc (right) and daughter, Mason Olivia attend the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 09: Andrew Saffir, Camille Grammer, and actor Kelsey Grammer attend an after party following a screening of '500 Days Of Summer' hosted by The Cinema Society with Brooks Brothers and Cotton at the Soho Grand Hotel on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: (R) Actor Kelsey Grammer and wife Camille Grammer look on during the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend Walk-of-Fame Star Reception on May 2, 2001 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 2001 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on November 4, 2001 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 20th Annual St. Jude Gala Dinner on March 2, 2000 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 27th Annual American Music Awards on January 17, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 24, 1999 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Bonatucci attend 20th Annual Carousel of Hope Ball on October 23, 1998 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend Eighth Annual Fire & Ice Ball on December 3, 1997 at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Camille Donatacci and Kelsey Grammer attends the premiere of 'Australia' at the Ziegfeld Theater on November 24, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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