Chris Rock’s Girl Scouts cookie-selling bit at Sunday night’s Oscars may have made for some awards show fun, but the Girl Scouts of the USA say it brought in big money, too. A representative for the organization said in a statement Tuesday that it raised $65,243 — the number Rock showed on stage during the telecast — thanks to a combination of cookie sales and donations.
“Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles was thrilled to participate in the 88th Oscars on Sunday evening,” the statement said. “Both Girl Scouts of the USA and the Academy have verified that, through sales of Girl Scout Cookies and donations made during the Oscars, the Girl Scouts raised $65,243 that will benefit girls, allowing them to improve their communities and continue developing into strong leaders.”
During the Academy Awards telecast, Rock called on the A-list audience to “reach into [their] millionaire pockets” and buy cookies from his daughters’ Girl Scouts troop. Later in the show, Rock told the crowd they raised that five-figure number, but a rep for the Scouts told TMZ the stunt netted a total of $2,500 in sales Sunday night inside the Dolby Theatre.
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“The number wasn’t the point,” producer David Hill told EW after the show. “Other than beating [Linda Spradley Dunn, the Girl Scouts troop mother Rock called out during the stunt], the gag came out of a very real situation.”
Dunn later said the stunt was great PR for scouts everywhere. “You can’t buy that type of publicity for the Girl Scouts,” she told Access Hollywood. “That was a wonderful thing that he did.”