Jenny McCarthy biography
Actress, model and comedian Jenny McCarthy was born on November 1, 1972. McCarthy was named Playboy's 1994 Playmate of the Year. She gained wide fame as the co-host of MTV's dating-game show Singled Out, from 1995 to 1997. She left the show to begin hosting her own show on the network, a sketch-comedy program called The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997). She returned to television in 2012 with a new The Jenny McCarthy Show. Around this time, McCarty also hosted the second season of NBC's Love in the Wild. In 2013, she became a new co-host on the popular daytime talk show The View.
Jenny McCarthy was born in Illinois on November 1, 1972. McCarthy got her career start in 1993, when she began modeling for Playboy. In 1994, she was named Playboy's Playmate of the Year.
TV and Film Career
McCarthy continued to gain fame as the co-host of MTV's dating-game show Singled Out, alongside Chris Hardwick, from 1995 to 1997. She left the show to begin hosting her own show on the network, a sketch-comedy program called The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997).
Since then, McCarthy has continued to pose for Playboy—recently appearing on the cover of the magazine's July/August 2012 issue—as well as in advertisements for companies like Candie's. She's also made several TV and film appearances, including in the film Scary Movie 3 and the TV program Two and a Half Men. Additionally, she's authored many popular books, including Louder Than Words (2007) and Belly Laughs (2009), about parenting an autistic child and her comical experiences as a pregnant mother, respectively.
In 2012, McCarthy hosted the second season of NBC's Love in the Wild, a reality show in which real-life couples participate in challenges. She also returned television as the host of The Jenny McCarthy Show, this time airing on VH1, in late that year. While her self-titled chat show proved to be a disappointment, McCarthy landed a major daytime television gig in July 2013. It was announced that she would be a new host on Barbara Walter's popular program The View. McCarthy was brought on board to replace the departing Joy Behar for the show's 17th season.
"We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host," Walters told USA Today. Walters said that McCarthy "brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view." McCarthy made her debut on The View that September.
McCarthy has a son, Evan Joseph, with ex-husband John Mallory Asher. The couple divorced in 2005. Not long after he was born, in May 2002, Evan was diagnosed with autism. In 2007, McCarthy publicly announced that her son was autistic, and around the same time, began working as an activist on behalf of autism-related organizations, including Talk About Curing Autism and her own group, Generation Rescue.
McCarthy dated actor and comedian Jim Carrey from 2005 to 2010. She later had been romantically linked to professional football player Brian Urlacher. More recently, McCarthy has been dating singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg.
McCarthy is cousins with comedian and Academy Award-nominee Melissa McCarthy.