Reese Witherspoon Jokes: Tennessee Is a "Redneck" Name

The mom of three jokes with pal Chelsea Handler about her top-secret pregnancy and her son's unique name

Reese Witherspoon can laugh about it now, but during her third pregnancy she kept information about her baby top secret -- even from her celebrity BFFs like Chelsea Handler.

During a Dec. 25 appearance on Handler's E! show Chelsea Lately, the 36-year-old mother of three once again had to address the issue of her pregnancy. Handler asked her point blank, "How did you get pregnant?"

"Umm... " Witherspoon replied, giggling. "I don't know. How do you think I got pregnant? Do you want to talk about this later? We don't have to talk about it right now."

The funny host (who's always ready with a zinger) immediately responded, "We don't have to talk about it now -- but I would prefer to!"

The talk show host, 37, then complained to the audience that while her This Means War costar was pregnant, Witherspoon "wouldn't tell me if she was having a boy or girl."

Handler remembered how at one point Witherspoon almost revealed her baby's gender.

"Then you said, 'I'm pretty sure someone's reading our texts,' and I said, 'Please don't text me again because I don't want to be blamed," the comedian recalled. "Then you had the baby and you named it Tennessee and I still couldn't figure out if it was a boy or a girl."

Witherspoon laughed aloud and interjected, "Or just a redneck!"

Of course, now we know that Witherspoon's Tennessee James (named after his mama's home state and his proud papa Jim Toth), who was born on Sept. 27, is indeed a boy!

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