Colin Jost

Colin Jost Shares His Mom’s Hilarious Reaction To His Son’s Name

During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers, SNL cast member Colin Jost revealed that his mother had a hard time accepting that he named his son with Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson, Cosmo.


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“My mom, I would say, was slightly thrown by it and didn’t quite understand it,” Jost told the talk show host. “I don’t know if she thought it was kind of, like, a hippie thing. She would call us after three or four days, she’d be like, ‘Cosmo. … And now, is it final? Like, did you submit the birth certificate?’ And we’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, we did that at the hospital.’ She was like, ‘OK, interesting. Because I was reading that there’s also a name Cosimo with an I, so that could also be an option. Maybe Cosimo, that’s his real name, but then you can call him still Cosmo.’” Jost joked that his mom, Kerry Kelly, finally came around to the name after “meeting various members of the Italian community who have a lot of Cosmo relatives.”

“She would call, and she would say, ‘I met someone. They said their uncle’s name is Cosmo. So it is OK,’” Jost said. “Then she goes, ‘There’s a patron saint called Cosmos, so that’s another option.’ [I said], ‘We don’t need more worse variants on Cosmo. But thanks, Mom.’”

The celebrity couple welcomed Cosmo in August 2021 and expanded their family who already includes Johansson’s daughter, Rose, with her ex husband Romain Dauriac.  “They wanted this child who will fit right into their lives since they already have her daughter,” a source told People. “They are an awesome couple, both talented, smart and clever. They will be the best parents.”

The sourced added that Cosmo “is the best thing ever for both of them.” The source added, “They are very private but elated over the baby. They are both so happy and madly in love with the baby.”

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