Jenny McCarthy Reveals the Dark Side of ‘The View’ In New Tell-All Book
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Jenny McCarthy is running her mouth again. In a recently published excerpt of Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of “The View” by Ramin Setoodeh, McCarthy tells of how her time as co-host on The View was the “most miserable” of her career, due in no small part to the show’s creator, Barbara Walters, constantly lambasting her in front of everyone. With a waspy lisp like a spiked whip, Walters would chew McCarthy a new one daily, yelling about her outfits and political opinions, the book claims. Walters even accused her once of leaving a tampon in the toilet. McCarthy, being the bigger woman, “took one for the team and…flushed it,” ignoring the signs on the wall that said “No Flushing Tampons.”
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The bullying got so bad that at one point McCarthy had to choose “Where do I stand on all the social issues and political issues? Am I coming out as a Republican or a Democrat?” Non-existent sources close to the story said that when offered a vaccination to protect against Walters’ assaults, McCarthy refused, taking off her shoe and showing producers the #anti-vaxxer tattoo on the bottom of her foot. While she was able to weather the storm of Hurricane Barbara, the book clearly illustrates the indelible mark the experience has left on her psyche.
The controversy got us thinking: If Jenny McCarthy were to write her own tell-all (she has authored several books already, after all), what would it be about?
The two dated for about five years back in the aughts, but one of Hollywood's most enigmatic stars probably wouldn't like his private life dished out à la carte.
The godfather of skin mags, Hugh Hefner gave McCarthy her start back in 1993 when he plucked her from obscurity to be Playmate of the month (due to her Catholic girl sweetness). She probably has a few good stories from the grotto tucked in her purse.
Everyone's second favorite Donnie (after Darko), the older Wahlberg walked the aisle with McCarthy back in 2014. True love always makes for a good story.
Back in the '90s, these two co-hosted a show on MTV called Singled Out, which took the idea of personal ads to a whole new level. Maybe it's not enough material to fill a whole book, but we'd like to hear the haiku.
Melissa McCarthy is one of the top-paid actresses of today and she happens to be cousins with Jenny. Growing up together in Illinois, Melissa got her start in the '90s when she appeared on her cousin's short-lived sitcom, Jenny. Origin stories are always a good read.
Jenny McCarthy seems to know a lot about medicine. She has even developed her own branch of it. We'd flip through her version of Grey's Anatomy anytime we needed inspiration on what not to do. Suggested title: Medicine Salad Bar: The Joys of Picking and Choosing.