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.
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.
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