Jenny McCarthy currently hosts and executive produces her own talk series, The Jenny McCarthy show on VH1, which she only landed last December, but I don’t think anyone is watching it. Recent guests include Lil Jon, Brande Roderick, and Nelly, and it’s not like any big celebrities have clamored to promote their projects in that venue. So one would imagine that if Jenny received a more lucrative invitation, she’d probably drop this VH1 gig like a hot, spraytanned potato. In fact, Jenny is preparing to do just that because she’s reportedly in “serious talks” to replace Joy Behar on The View, who is set to leave the show in August after a sixteen-season run. Does Jenny seem like a good fit for the show? Producers seem to think so:
Make room on the couch! Frequent View guest cohost Jenny McCarthy may be joining the ABC morning talk show full-time.
“She is in serious talks right now,” an insider tells Us Weekly of the star, 40, who is currently hosting her own low-rated chatfest on VH1. “Her show isn’t quite working out, so she’s definitely open to it.”
The sassy single mom would replace Joy Behar, 70, when the comedian moves on in August, reveals another source. “The cast and crew get a kick out of Jenny,” adds a set source. “She’s a good fit. She may not be able to carry a show, but she works well with a group ensemble.”
A third insider adds Brooke Shields, 48, is also in talks to replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck, 36, come fall. Us exclusively revealed in March that Hasselbeck will not be returning as a cohost, but she has yet to confirm the news.
In addition to Behar announcing her departure from the show, Barbara Walters revealed in May that she plans to retire in summer 2014.
[From Us Weekly]
Well, all I can really say about this is that producers certainly will want to replace Joy with a polarizing figure who will help maintain ratings. Losing Joy will be a shock to the show because besides Barbara Walters (who isn’t around all that often anymore), Joy is the only one who’s been around since the very beginning. Joy is a rock, and it will be impossible to totally replace her because her presence will be missed. As for Jenny, she’s certainly a controversial figure with her Playboy covers, anti-vaccine stance, and tendency to wear “cougar” costumes and adopt the mindset of a 15-year-old on Halloween. Will she tone down the clothing at least for morning television? One can only hope.
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