Benedict Cumberbatch Tells Ellen DeGeneres That Fans’ Nickname ‘Cumberbitches’ Still Makes Him ‘Squirm’ (Video)

The award-nominated actor for “The Imitation Game” talks about the label as well as fatherhood

Last Updated: January 14, 2015 @ 9:57 AM

Years later, Benedict Cumberbatch still hasn’t eased up to the nickname his adoring fans dubbed themselves: Cumberbitches.

On NBC’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday, “The Imitation Game” actor hesitantly talked about suggesting a new name for his growing fandom.

“I just went ladies, this is wonderful I’m very flattered, but has this not set feminism back a little bit?,” Cumberbatch asked in the teaser. “They wrote back and were like well we didn’t mean any harm to feminism we’re just having a little bit of fun with your name.”

During the segment, Cumberbatch and DeGeneres discuss the award-nominated actor’s penchant for photobombing and becoming a first-time father. He’s expecting his first child with fiance Sophie Hunter. DeGeneres had a list of names ready for the actor’s future “Cumberbaby.”

She suggested “Harpsichord,” “Glockenspiel” and “Carl.”

“Carl. Carl Cumberbatch,” he said. “I’m not getting it.”

“There’s nothing to get,” DeGeneres replied.

“Right, it’s just a name,” Cumberbatch said amused.