Jenny McCarthy tried out for ‘The Bachelorette’ when she was younger – but she was rejected by ABC.
Jenny spilled the secret on Tuesday’s episode of ‘The View’ when co-host Barbara Walters pointed to McCarthy and shouted “you tried out to be a Bachelorette and you did not make it!”
“No one knew that!” McCarthy exclaimed. “When I got a divorce, I was lonely. I needed to be loved.”
Auditioning for a reality show isn’t exactly the most typical reaction to a break up, and McCarthy seems to admit that it was a bit of a snap decision. “I was single and I loved TV. Put those together and I thought, ‘Brilliant!’”
Apparently, McCarthy even had her agent call ABC to give her an edge on the applicant pool. The network was not interested, but that hardly seems to matter to McCarthy now. She recalls, “They said, ‘No, we’re not using celebrities at this time. Sorry.’ That was 10 years ago. So, pfft.”
McCarthy was married to John Mallory Asher from 1999 to 2005. She is currently dating New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg and says that she’d love to marry him one day. She told Bethenny Frankel “I think he would be an amazing husband … So if he does [propose] yeah, I would sure say yes.”
I’m glad she didn’t make it – I couldn’t have handled a whole season of her face! I don’t know how anyone watches her show. Her voice drives me bonkers!
There’s a new report that’s surfaced claiming Jenny McCarthy’s 11-year-old son Evan is not living with autism, and never had the disease.
Jenny (understandably) went nuts, taking to Twitter to slam the reports. “Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous,” she wrote. Her son was diagnosed with the developmental disorder in 2005.
“These stories cite a ‘new’ Time magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010 that never contained any such statements by me,” she wrote. “Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder.”
The 41-year-old has been very open about her son’s battle with Autism since he was diagnosed at age 2. She’s written several books about it, and caused a stir herself when she linked autism to vaccinations.
“Evan was diagnosed with autism by the autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center),” she wrote on Twitter. “The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate.”
I think it’s highly inappropriate for Radar to make a jump like that. I don’t think it’s anyone’s business to question what’s going on with her child.
The picture below is Jenny pregnant with Evan.
Jenny McCarthy brought her comedy show to Las Vegas last night at the Hard Rock Hotel. She hit the red carpet with her current boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg. Her “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” comedy show stars Rachel Feinstein, Tiffany Haddish, Tammy Pescatelli and Lynne Koplitz.
According to sources, the purpose of Jenny’s show is to test drive the concept of her all-female comedy showcase.
The Las Vegas Sun caught up with Jenny on the red carpet of the after-party, and asked about her new comedy show.
What is the long-term goal for this production? Do you want to be the producer of a comedy show or a comedy club operator?
“I want to be a little bit of Don King, but the nice version. I think I have a good eye for comedy, more than even doing comedy. There have been times I’ve been in comedy clubs — and I’m a big fan of standup — and there is one girl who stands out for me, who makes me really laugh hard. This has happened, and I’ve thought, ‘What if I put one of each one of those girls I see in a club that I love, under one brand?’ So I created ‘Dirty, Sexy, Funny’ and have premiered it here.”
Your vision is there will always be women in the lineup?
“Always. I want the female point-of-view.”
Where is the show going next?
“I would love a residency in New York. I’d love to go on tour. I’d love to make it huge.”
In Las Vegas, too? There is a lot of comedy in town.
“Oh, (heck) yeah. I would love to have a residency here.”
Holly Madison has told me she is a huge fan of yours. Her quote to me was that when she was a teenager, “I wanted to be Jenny McCarthy. I wanted her exact career.”
“I love Holly. We’ve been friends for a very long time. I respect the (heck) out of her. I’ve been supporting her. I love her. I love hearing that, and I love that she has started a family and is having so much success here.”
I didn’t realize until reading about you today that you’re cousins with Melissa McCarthy.
“Yeah! Right? We’re first cousins.”
You’re close then?
“Yeah, we’re very close. A lot of people don’t realize we’re related. I’m incredibly proud of her and happy for her. If you look closely at the both of us, you can see these happy Irish faces.”
I’ve never understood the Jenny McCarthy thing. She’s pretty – but I find her beyond annoying. MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP! (more…)
Jenny McCarthy was brought in by ABC to replace Elizabeth Hasselbeck on ‘The View,’ and as it turns out – no one likes Jenny. I read an article yesterday that said not only the cast doesn’t like Jenny – but neither does the audience. So much, in fact, people are saying they actually miss Elizabeth. You don’t say!
I’ve been saying for years I don’t know how anyone can listen to Jenny. She is BEYOND annoying. I could never watch a talk show that she’s hosting. Never. She drives me crazy.
The View isn’t favorable for Jenny McCarthy! A production source told RadarOnline.com exclusively that the newest co-host of the ABC morning show’s job is in jeopardy because her big mouth is making viewers tune out.
And incredibly, former Playboy Playmate McCarthy, 40, has proven to be even more unpopular with viewers than the polarizing Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left The View for Fox News, the production insider revealed.
“ABC has begun doing deep research on Jenny’s work on the show and the initial findings are that viewers want to tune out the second she opens her mouth!” the source told Radar. “The data has revealed that she is FAR more off-putting than Elisabeth.”
Although The View titan Barbara Walters, 84, who is retiring from broadcasting in summer 2014, “isn’t looking for a replacement for Jenny yet, she is obsessed with ratings and the longevity of the show, so Jenny needs to turn it around or she will be gone.”
The source is unclear if McCarthy’s deal is for one year or two, but said that “if Barbara wants her out, they will buy out her contract.
“Right now they’re just trying to adjust Jenny’s performance on the show so that she comes off as more appealing, but that’s an uphill battle.”
According to The Wrap, The View has seen minor dips in total viewership after McCarthy’s debut.
The mother of an autistic son, McCarthy has come under fire by some for her controversial stance that vaccines cause autism.
Only morning show I can handle is Hoda and Kathy Lee. I want to be them when I grow up.