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Chris Rock’s Bold Question for Kelly Ripa Before Welcoming His Daughter

After witnessing an overwhelming amount of baby name drama on Reddit’s “Am I The A—hole?” subreddit, it’s clear that no one should claim ownership of a baby name. Sharing your baby name choices before the baby arrives can invite unsolicited opinions, which may not be helpful. This sentiment rang true when comedian Chris Rock approached Kelly Ripa with a baby name query before the birth of his daughter.

During a recent episode of Live With Kelly and Mark, Ripa, her husband Mark Consuelos, and their co-hosts broached the topic of baby naming conventions, as reported by Entertainment Tonight.

“There’s a very funny story,” Ripa began. “Chris Rock called me when he was expecting his first daughter. I had just had [my daughter] Lola — and he said, ‘Listen, [my wife] Malaak and I are thinking of naming the baby Lola and we just want to check with you to see if that’s OK.'”
Kelly Ripa and Lola Consuelos at American Museum of Natural History AMNH, New York, NY December 8, 2019.

While the All My Children actress found the call amusing, many would consider it risky. Ripa recounted her response: “I was like, ‘First of all, I don’t own the name Lola, I didn’t trademark it.’” No doubt, Rock heaved a sigh of relief. One must wonder what he would have done if she had said no. Although calling might seem considerate, simply going ahead with the name would have sufficed since names aren’t trademarked.

Fortunately for Rock and his then-wife, Ripa was not just understanding but also complimentary. “And second of all, we can all agree Lola Rock is an amazing name,” she added. “Like, ‘Do you mind if I change Lola’s last name to Rock?’”
Zahra Rock, Lola Rock and Chris Rock attend New York Knicks game on March 11, 2018 in New York City.

It appears the celebrities did not consult each other about the names of their other children, which is perfectly fine. Alongside 23-year-old Lola, Ripa and Consuelos are parents to sons Michael, 27, and Joaquin, 21. Rock and Malaak Compton share daughters Lola, 22, and Zahra, 20.

In an interview with SheKnows last fall, Ripa and Consuelos admitted that parenting mishaps occur. “Our daughter came to visit us at work yesterday and she said ‘Please don’t show me on the camera,’ and within two minutes we showed her on camera,” Consuelos shared.

“We didn’t mean to show her on camera, we started talking to her and the camera panned to her so it wasn’t really our fault,” Ripa explained. Consuelos jokingly conceded, “It was our fault,” admitting to their error.

Before you go, check out some of Reddit’s wildest baby name dilemmas .

Source: Entertainment Tonight, SheKnows