Hamish Blake can't go near his new baby Rudy, and it's something every parent can relate to.

Last week, Australia’s favourite comedic power couple, Hamish and Zoe Foster Blake treated us to the baby arrival we’ve all been waiting for – Sonny’s prodigal sister, Rudy Hazel Blake.

And while we can only assume anyone and everyone within a five kilometre radius of the family has been quick to get their hands on little Rudy for a baby cuddle, sadly Hamish isn’t one of them.

Speaking for the first time since the birth of the couple’s second child, the 35-year-old comedian and radio presenter admitted he’s been forced to admire his daughter from a distance due to a pesky virus making it’s way around the Blake household.

“Sonny, the weekend before last, when Zoe went into labour, got a terrible virus and I said to Zoe I would keep him away from her and run interference… I then got the virus,” Hamish told Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little on their HIT radio show.

“Since Rudy’s been born… She’s lovely, and I enjoy looking at her from a distance or behind a surgical mask, but you’re right now talking to a guy with pink eye and a lot of stuff going on.”


For any parent who’s brought home a newborn in the thick of Winter coughs and runny noses, Hamish’s struggle is all too real.

“I have to go through the full ebola washdown before I can get near my child,” he joked.

“Everyone’s saying ‘Enjoy the baby bubble, enjoy the baby bubble’ — I’m in a Hazmat bubble!”

Hamish also explained the inspiration behind Rudy’s name, debunking Carrie’s suggestion she was named after ‘Rudy’ on The Cosby Show.

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“It’s related to Gertrude, which is actually Zoë’s Mum’s name, Gertie,” he said. “So the ‘rude’ in Gertrude… yeah it’s not very interesting!” he said.

Speaking of Zoe, Hamish confirmed the second-time mum is doing great and generally being the superstar we know her to be.

“Champion. Champion birth. Inspirational. Ultimate mum.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Can you relate to Hamish’s tricky situation?