If one of Chris Rock’s
routines from Sunday’s Oscars telecast is any
proof, even celebrity parents have to deal with the cutthroat competition of
Girl Scout cookie season.
During the award show, the 51-year-old
comic and father of two revealed to the A-listers sitting before him that he
had been away from his daughters at a very significant time in their lives.
“I have missed most of Girl
Scout cookie season,” Rock said.
“Last night Zara, my youngest called me up
and said, ‘Daddy how come we never sell the most cookies? How come Mrs.
Dunn wins every year?’” he continued. “It would
mean so much to my little girl if we could beat Linda Dunn.”
The host then beckoned a local troop to sell
Girl Scout cookies to the audience.
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The primetime shout-out came as a complete surprise to Rock’s
friend, troop mom Linda Spradley Dunn, who was watching the Oscars at her home
in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
“That was a personal throwdown,” Dunn told Access Hollywood exclusively. “We have a fun rivalry. Selling
cookies is fun.”
The CEO of Odyssey Media and
former Girl Scout said she first met Rock through his estranged wife Malaak, from whom he filed for divorce in 2014.
“I recruited her to be a
Girl Scout leader four or five years ago,” Dunn recalled.
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Now, one of Rock’s daughters
is in the same troop Dunn’s daughter is in.
“They are friends and go to
the same school,” she said.
Rock later announced on the
broadcast that the Girl Scouts he had invited onto the show had raised over
$65,243 by selling cookies to attendees like Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan
and Mindy Kaling.
The Girl Scouts of Greater
Los Angeles has yet to confirm the exact dollar figure with Access Hollywood, but rep Marissa Driscoll said the organization is “still verifying the total amount earned through last night’s cookie sales.”
“90 million people watch the Oscars. You can’t buy
that type of publicity for the Girl Scouts. That was a wonderful thing that he
did,” Dunn said.
— Genevieve Wong
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