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Jerry O'Connell Is Not Comfortable Hiring a Male Nanny

Jerry O'Connell Is Not Comfortable Hiring a Male Nanny

Jerry O’Connell may be playing a male nanny on the upcoming fourth season of Mistresses, but he says he is not comfortable hiring a manny for his own children.

“I’m not sure if given the chance to hire myself as a manny in my family, I don’t think I would allow that to happen,” the 42-year-old actor told Us Weekly. “I’m sorry if that’s closed-minded of me. I just wouldn’t allow that – I wouldn’t be comfortable with that. I would explain to my wife and to my children that I was not comfortable with a manny around.”

Jerry and his wife Rebecca Romijn are the parents of seven-year-old twin daughters Dolly and Charlie.

“It’s funny – when you’re a parent, and you have kids, when you see a crying baby, you just go to it,” Jerry continued. “You just do. I’m shocked I’m that person as well because before I had kids, I didn’t really care for them. [But] especially these little babies in showbiz, they are cute little babies. You can’t help! Feeding the baby again, it really made me want to have another one.”

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  • FerCat

    Perfectly understandable but definitely sexist. :)

  • RayonLight

    I see no problem with that, if he’s not comfortable, then he has that right. I see don’t see an issue.

  • fromanotherplanet

    I agree with him.

  • Isabel

    Since he doesn’t have much of a career, it’s probably not an issue.

  • Ash

    I’m really curious his reason behind it though. Whether he is not comfortable with another man around his wife or whether he thinks all men and only men are sexual predators? Either way it is sexist and ignorant to say the least. When people blatantly stereotyping their own gender, usually it’s because they believe that all of the people in that gender are exactly like them. So be careful Jerry, I think this says something about you that you definitely don’t want people to know.

  • NeverEclipsed

    Early child care is a good example of a career that men can’t do but women can. It’s a vast industry all together, as a man I knew not to try and apply in day care. Not that I would want to, but had I been a woman that option would have been open.

  • Kyle Millert

    I see his logic, but it’s almost as if he’s implying that somewhere inside himself, as a male human being as well, he has some ill will toward his own children to think that men in general are more likely to be less efficient or bring harm to children than women. It’s like when a woman says “stop acting like a girl” to a man. My first thought is always does she view herself as less than a man to think that’s even an insult or what? All said, I probably wouldn’t hire a man who actually wanted to spend time alone with children not his own either.

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  • jane

    maybe sexist maybe not, be he’s entitled to his view. it sounds like he wouldn’t want another man around his kids – being girls – and not the wife so much. this is something i’ve heard before from women.. that they wouldn’t hire a male nanny or remarry if they have a daughter. many men (and women) are scared of other men + little girls

  • Gina

    Your last sentence and the creepy way you worded it made me roll my eyes. Since when is a man who likes kids a bad thing?

  • Ash

    Please do some research to find out how rampant female pedophiles are. So based on that, the fear of only men being around children is irrelevant, ignorant, and sexist.

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  • NukedHamster

    Which is why single fathers get weird looks or even reported to the police if they are playing with their daughter at a park or somewhere in public.

  • Legendary Trolly

    I agree with him! I dont trust any adult around my kid, if I had one