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One step forward, two steps back: Jenny McCarthy to join The View

9:12 am - 07/16/2013

Jenny McCarthy on June 5, 2013, when she appeared on The View

Barbara Walters confirmed on Monday'sThe View that comedic actress Jenny McCarthy will join the chatfest when its 17th season begins Sept. 9.

The announcement comes just five days after Elisabeth Hasselbeck signed off for a new gig on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends and continues a revolving door of talent on ABC's live talk show. Joy Behar is exiting later this summer and Walters, who created the show with producer Bill Geddie in 1997 will leave next May.

McCarthy, a brash blonde in a different mold than Hasselbeck, a right-leaning former Survivor contestant, has appeared on several sitcoms and in film roles. She also writes an advice column for her hometown Chicago Sun-Times.

McCarthy has appeared on The View 17 times, including eight as co-host. This year, she gained more practice with VH1's late-night The Jenny McCarthy Show, which aired from February to May but garnered low ratings. A VH1 spokesman said that show was "on hiatus," but the network has now released her from her contract.

"We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host," Walters says, adding 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."

Not everybody shared Walters' delight. McCarthy, who has embraced the controversial claim that vaccinations cause autism, has drawn the ire of pro-immunization advocacy groups.

McCarthy's "unfounded claims that vaccines cause autism have been one of the greatest impediments to public health in recent decades," said Amy Pisani, executive director of one such group, Every Child By Two, in a letter to Walters and Geddie. "These false assertions, in addition to her condemnation of public health officials and the medical community overall, has spread fear among young parents, which has lead to an increased number of children who have not received life-saving vaccines."

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/07/15/abc-the-view-jenny-mccarthy-barbara-walters/2517659/
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alexvdl 16th-Jul-2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
Oh good. We can now here about the dangers of vaccines on a regular basis.
gambitia 16th-Jul-2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ever wished you partook of a product so that you could boycott it when it does something really asinine? That's me right now.
moonshaz 17th-Jul-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Me, too!!!
jocelyncs 16th-Jul-2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
A great article here on the criticisms being leveled at ABC for this: http://social.entertainment.msn.com/blogs/post--jenny-mccarthys-view-hiring-blasted-as-public-health-threat

(I agree with the one calling her a homicidal maniac - ABC might as well have hired a serial killer as an anchor.)
tabaqui 16th-Jul-2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
She's an idiot who does *not* need a public platform for her idiotic maunderings.
nesmith 16th-Jul-2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Seriously. Because as wonderful as it would be to think that she would go on the show and reveal herself as the total idiot and fraud that she is (and she would, I'm sure), because she is able to get people to believe her is reason enough to not give her the opportunity to dupe anyone else.
cindyanne1 16th-Jul-2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I can't stand her. Too bad I never watched The View before, so I could stop watching it now in protest. At least I know I'll never start watching it now though!
iolarah 16th-Jul-2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Ugh, no. Just cancel the show and be done with it.
zinnia_rose 16th-Jul-2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
McCarthy "brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor" [snip]

LOL no.
emeraldus 17th-Jul-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
LOL yeah putting glasses on her doesn't make her intelligent.
the_laugh 16th-Jul-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Fuck her.
recorded 16th-Jul-2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Why did they pick her exactly?
ook 17th-Jul-2013 05:19 am (UTC)
I guess she's the young(er), sexy, blonde, fake glasses-wearing, Hasselbeck clone. Ugh. She should at least ditch the fake eyeglasses.
crossfire 16th-Jul-2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
They should have gone with Margaret Cho, I'm just saying.
aviv_b 16th-Jul-2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
That would have been awesome.
mickeym 16th-Jul-2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
I loathe this woman, passionately. She's done so much harm with her anti-vax bullshit, and the bullshit that she's "cured" her autistic son.

Autism isn't a disease to be "cured", unlike the potentially deadly diseases she lobbies against vaccinations for. Measles? Mumps? Whooping cough? Diptheria? People -- children -- die from those. And while having a child with autism isn't a walk in the park -- and I say that with first-hand knowledge -- no one, to my knowledge, has ever died from autism.

It's too bad I never watched The View before, so I could boycott it now.

Ugh. Now my head hurts. Probably from my blood pressure shooting through the roof. *scowl*

Edited for html-fail.

Edited at 2013-07-16 10:45 pm (UTC)
lied_ohne_worte 16th-Jul-2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Mhm, anti-vaccination people are taxing. My town has recently become famous nation-wide because there was a measles outbreak at an "anthroposophic" school that had to be closed. Among those infected were young adults, at least one mother... all people in age ranges where it's especially dangerous. Only about a quarter of the children in that school were vaccinated, compared to... I think something like 95 percent in the general population. They had had measles nationwide down to around 200 cases per year, and this year they are already at 1700 or so because there are people who just don't vaccinate in droves.

I think the problem is that people really don't know any more how dangerous certain things are. My mother says one of her sisters hallucinated when they all had measles, and my mother herself had tuberculosis as a child because half the farmers in their village had it in their stables. Both my parents were still inoculated against smallpox, and surely anyone should agree that it's good we got rid of that? I had a teacher who walked with a limp because he had had polio, and there was no thought about avoiding the polio vaccines we got at school. But now people just see "children's illness" with many of these and think they are somehow quaint and a life-enhancing experience, or something.
grace_om 17th-Jul-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Not everybody shared Walters' delight. McCarthy, who has embraced the controversialproven to be fraudulentclaim that vaccinations cause autism, has drawn the ire of pro-immunization advocacy groupseveryone with a brain capable of critical thinking.

effervescent 17th-Jul-2013 04:43 am (UTC)
I really, really wish that she wasn't going to get a platform or her ideas. I trust that the other ladies will offer a counterpart to her, but... I still wish that she didn't have an even bigger soapbox to stand on.
astridmyrna 17th-Jul-2013 04:56 am (UTC)
adding McCarthy "brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor.

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chaya 17th-Jul-2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
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