- Kelsey Grammer said his daughter Spencer wasn’t happy to be in NY Mag’s Nepo Baby article.
- Nepo babies are people in the entertainment industry with famous relatives or connections.
- Kelsey and Spencer starred together on Lifetime in the film The 12 Days of Christmas Eve.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Hoda & Jenna” on Wednesday, Kelsey Grammer opened up about how his daughter Spencer felt about being included in New York Magazine’s 2022 Nepo Baby feature.
A “Nepo baby” is defined as anyone who – through their famous relatives or helpful connections – capitalizes on nepotism to break into Hollywood or any other industry. The term implies that these people are able to use those connections and their own privileges to “bypass” less connected people to get ahead.
“She was so upset because she said, ‘I’ve spent 25 years being known to someone other than your daughter.’ And the first thing we do together is get slapped for it,” Grammer said on the show (talk starts at the 5:15 minute mark).
New York Magazine’s Grammer references article helped ignite the flames of the Nepo-Baby conversation. In the article, author Nate Jones explains the ins and outs of Nepo babies in Hollywood, including notable Nepo babies like Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis), Jack Quaid (Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan), and Maya Hawke (Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman), among many others.
“A baby is a bundle of joy; a Nepo baby is physical proof that meritocracy is a lie. We love them, we hate them, we don’t respect them, we obsess over them,” Jones wrote in the article.
Spencer’s role opposite her father in the Lifetime film The 12 Days of Christmas Eve helped bring her name into the conversation. However, before appearing in that role alongside Grammer, Spencer starred in several films and popular television shows, including ABC Family’s Greek (which aired from 2007 to 2011) and Rick and Morty (2013-present).
Towards the end of the “Hoda & Jenna” interview, Grammer, who has six other children, said he plans to start working with his eldest daughter again soon.
“We’re actually talking about doing another movie with her, just with me as a cameo, but with this other character finding God and Christmas and love again,” Grammer told the hosts.
Grammer was on the show to promote his new film, the Christian film Jesus Revolution, which is due out February 24.