Jenny McCarthy’s cringe-worthy Playboy cover: “I’m really proud of it”

Do you remember when you last thought Jenny McCarthy was hot? That was back in the 90s wasn’t it? So in that respect her new Playboy cover, where she’s clutching her breasts while wearing throwback fingerless fishnet gloves, is fitting. Too harsh? I concede that McCarthy is superficially hot, until she opens her mouth. She’s really been annoying me lately by trashing her ex boyfriend for not visiting her kid, who isn’t even his. You heard that story, I’m not getting into it again. She claimed earlier that she grew out “a bush” for the shoot, which honestly made me want to see it. Luckily the photos aren’t yet available online or I may have given in and bought the magazine on Zinio. Here’s what Jenny told People about it:

Just months away from hitting the big 4-0, Jenny McCarthy proves she’s still got it.

The host of NBC’s Love in the Wild appears in her seventh nude pictorial for Playboy in the July/August issue that hits newsstands Friday, and PEOPLE has a sneak peek.

“I’m really proud of it,” McCarthy tells PEOPLE. “The pictures are really gorgeous and classy. They could be out of W magazine. They’re really elegant. It’s probably a lot more sophisticated than a lot of the stuff you’d see of people with their clothes on.”

Prepping for the shoot didn’t take much effort for the TV personality.

“The one thing I like about Playboy is they don’t have the anorexic look,” she says. “The women are voluptuous. So I didn’t really want to diet. I just wanted to tone up.”


Well she’s got to pay her bills somehow, since Jim Carrey didn’t give her $50 million or $25 million when they split. He probably gave her something, though, but in Jenny’s mind it wasn’t enough to stop her from talking smack about him when she needed some publicity.

Playboy has a few head shots online and they actually look pretty, prettier than this cheesy image. Really, when were these type of gloves ever hot? I associate them with eighth grade, Madonna and Desperately Seeking Susan. I guess Playboy knew which demographic they were going for when putting Jenny on the cover. Too harsh? It’s not her age, which is very close to mine, it’s her.

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  1. dave says:

    didn’t read a word.. looks good. Photoshop indeed, but still acceptable.

  2. miriam says:

    I’ve always quite liked Jenny. She’s funny and entertaining. I remember when she co-hosted The Big Breakfast with Johnny Vaughan over here in the UK and she did excellently.

  3. Cleveland Girl says:

    She really is a pretty girl, and I think that the art department of Playboy sets up all the props for the shoot. This dated cover really isn’t her fault.

  4. Courtney says:

    I just can’t even think she’s beautiful or anything. She’ll always that bitter hag who threw Jim Carey under a bus for an unjustifiable reason. Petty.

  5. Lem says:

    Jenny looks great with a nude lip. That red is too much.

    The gloves ARE definitely desperately seeking Madge

  6. Eve says:

    Really nice photoshop work on her face — you can see they toned her crazy cheekbones down.

  7. kdlaf says:

    Why do these “models” (esp. Lohan) persist on doing the open mouth pose?? Close your damn mouth, it isnt cute! I miss the supermodel era of the 90′s when women really knew what they were doing and how to pose properly.

  8. Genevieve says:

    I do like Jenny, but at a certain age, those type of photos are ill advised. And let me clarify; I like her despite her habit of sharing TMI about every bleeding personal thing in her life. She’s entertaining and funny and yes, has a banging’ bod for her age, but….REALLY? Am I the only girl who wonders where in the world subtlety and basic good taste have gone? Maybe I’m feeling overloaded with the “tacky factor” since live in the state of Texas, where EVERYTHING is excess. But really….where have all the tastefully QUIET celebs gone? :(

    • Cherry says:

      ‘Tastefully QUIET celebs’ don’t get publicity and are soon forgotten. Although I’d like to think that amazingly talented artists are the exception to that rule. Ms Mccarthy here obviously falls in neither category- she’s not tasteful, nor amazingly talented, so she needs to show off her naked ass in a magazine at the age of 40 to show that she’s ‘still got it’. And she’s proud of it, too, in case you’re wondering.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Dear Genevieve, I share your pain! I could say the same rant EVERYDAY but what good would it do? Good taste – like correct spelling – is gone forever.

      • Genevieve says:

        Well, DRAT. You’re both 100% correct, of course. I was just having a bout of nostalgic whining, errr….venting about the current state of affairs.

        You know…back to the day when absolutely EVERY star didn’t feel the need to put their bare necked a$$ on the cover of Playboy? Lol.

    • BubbaAng says:

      It really is a shame that some celebs feel that they have to pose for playboy, make a sex tape, or “create” negative media coverage when they need to promote their upcoming projects.

      What happened to real talent like singing, acting and dancing, it’s kinda sad.

  9. jamminatorr says:

    I will never forgive her for bringing the vacci-tards to mainstream media. She’s ugly because she’s stupid and sells misinformation.

    • anastasia says:

      I actually had someone question why I was immunizing my son when “looked what happened to Jenny McCarthy’s son.” Never mind what the medical community and studies said.

      I grew up on the south side of Chicago, where the Chicago media and people still fawn over her as if she truly accomplished something in her professional life. I’ve met guys who claimed to have slept with her (to be fair, I think most of them were full of crap).

      She also badmouthed the neighborhood where she was raised, comparing it to a slum (it’s a blue-collar neighborhood).
      I’d also check out her real birthdate. She’s 39? She graduated a year or two ahead of me, so I’m thinking she’s closer to 41, not 40.

      I wish entertainment media would pay more attention to her more talented cousin, Melissa McCarthy.

    • AnneOriginal says:

      Agree. The misinformation she has helped spread, angers me.

    • Jilliterate says:

      Agreed. She’s a stupid, unjustifiably self-righteous person, and she’ll probably never have to pay for the damage she’s done to our society. Personally, I’d be a lot happier if CB stopped posting about her altogether — she’s made it pretty clear on the past how dangerous she can be if you give her enough attention.

    • AnneOriginal says:

      I wouldn’t put much stock in the Italian courts. The Italian system is odd to say the least. Just read up on former PM Silvio Berlusconi.

      Not to mention the state of their courts was quite shoddy during the Amanda Knox trial.

      FYI not vaccinating kids, does more than just open up those specific kids to illness. Anyone with a compromised immune system is at greater risk. For example cancer patients, the elderly, etc. So you don’t need to care, but it has very real consequences for people outside the families that choose not to vaccinate.

      • Isa says:

        @anneoriginal-Yes! And my baby that hasn’t had all of his vaccinations. I’m a member of babycenter and on my birth board there are tons of people not vaccinating their kids which freaks me out! But they will argue until their fingers fall off…

    • Annie says:

      Although I don’t agree with Jenny regarding vaccines as the main cause of autism, I find it equally disturbing the venom with which she is attacked for voicing an anti-establishment viewpoint. Although conventional medicine has made some amazing advancements it’s very dangerous to assume they are ALWAYS correct and know anything to be known on the subject. Although medical proffessionals do many years of training, their training is always within the framework of the pre-concived dogmas of the profession. Jenny McCarthy has her self-informed opinion/theory, and she’s fully, 100% entitled to it. She is NOT claiming to be a doctor. It’s up the the individual to research both viewpoints and make up their own minds re whether the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to vaccinating their kids.

      No one should ever be shut up for the only reason that their opinion is “rebelious” or anti establishment. That is exactly what the Catholic Church did to science for years.

  10. HotPockets says:

    She looks good, almost like Charlize Theoron in the last shot.. I wonder if they did that intentionally with their magic photoshop skills?

  11. Just U says:

    She looks great, but doesn’t look like her, if that makes sense.

  12. Bec says:

    Maybe they put the gloves on to cover her hands since that’s the part that shows age the most.

    (Although you’d think they could photoshop her hands if they were worried about that — so I don’t know. I think it’s weird.)

  13. Hautie says:

    Holy crap, Adobe must have passed out after all his work on these pictures!

    But her skin looks flawless. Which is the point of using Adobe till he passes out.

    Yet… remember how awful those Playboy pictures of Lohan were. Just consider that Adobe was used on them. And how terrible those photo’s were even with all the touch ups.

    So at 40. Jenny still looks a decade younger than Lohan does at 25. :)

  14. Jackie O says:

    ya, it all looks dated to me…the hair, makeup, gloves. i don’t get sexy from this woman. at all.

  15. Ginger says:

    She looks great for a near 40 year old woman and I like the styling…her hair and make up are awesome. However, I disagree with her comment about Playboy models being “voluptuous”. It may be her definition of curvy but it certainly isn’t mine. To each their own I suppose. But the mag is pretty classy compared to most in that genre. I find it interesting to compare the differences between modern playboy pinups to those of the past. You can see the evolution of the natural look to today’s more “photoshop/plastic” version of beauty. Overall, from the pics you posted it doesn’t seem like the photo editor’s went overboard on the photoshop so that’s a cool thing.

  16. Sapphire says:

    I think the hairstyle hides her jawline, which is better than photoshop, I suppose. I hate to “like” anything about Playboy, but she’s right. They don’t go for the anorexic look.

  17. Skinnybetch says:

    I think Scorpio women are beautiful. . . but this is photoshopped to death!

  18. TheOriginalKitten says:

    “The pictures are really gorgeous and classy”
    Why is it every time someone poses for Playboy they use the word “classy” in regards to the pictorial. If this is classy then I’m pertified to see what is deemed to be trashy.

  19. Jordan says:

    Well, I’m very proud of photoshop.

  20. Agnes says:

    dated. and i can’t get over her vapidity and stupidity as a person, so it’s difficult to ascribe anything “positive” to her.

    as an aside, i can’t believe that “playboy” is still around. it just seems so sad and out of touch.

  21. Kim1 says:

    Another issue Evan can discuss with his therapist

  22. RobN says:

    Pictures are great; they look nothing like her, but I guess that was the point.

  23. Lisa says:

    That is what she’s proud of? The most basic photography and over the top airbrushing? Wow.

  24. Eleonor says:

    Is it me or she looks like Anne Nicole Smith?

  25. Tifygodess24 says:

    I get she is almost 40 but the whole she looks good for her age freaks me out. Actually when Ever someone says that for a 35/40 year old woman. I’m 31 so at 40 should I look decrepit or Something?? Now I’m nervous. Lol . I would think a statement like that would be good for someone who’s like 60? 70? And still banging for their age. I feel so old now. Lol

  26. some bitch says:

    This reminds me of the mid-1990s and I mean that in the best way possible. Mad photoshopped, but Jenny looks great.

  27. Patricia says:

    Her son should have a fun week a school.

  28. TXCinderella says:

    The mesh gloves are kinda stupid, but she looks really pretty.

  29. Kittykat says:

    We can all look great with photoshop.

  30. Ming says:

    Cringe-worthy ?

    I bet the articles are all very well written and lot’s of teens and I don’t know who, will jerk off to this.

    Mission accomplished. I guess.

  31. bns says:

    Is this the one she grew her bush out for?

  32. jojo says:

    it may be a sign of the times, but i find it ironic that playboy publishes these girls that have had:

    1. face surgery, botox, lip injections, makeup,etc

    2. breast implants, other implants
    3. Hair extenstions
    4. abode/computer modifications that remove age spots/freckles, cellite, sharpen curves/lines/etc.

    What, exactly, is originally on these girls? Not the hair. Not the body. Not the face. These girls are not ‘next door’, unless most folks live next to a computer animation studio.

    Playboy should just save money and have computer animators/artists make life-like models for their magazines. They’d look the same and they wouldnt open their mouths and say dumb things.

  33. palermo says:

    I think she is a total nut case weirdo. Can’t stand her ever since she posted sitting on the toilet with her panties at her ankles. Trash.

  34. Sillyone says:

    I am so sick of looking at the blonde “Barbie doll” wig on every actress.

  35. Shelby says:

    I like Jenny. She looks great, haters gonna h8.

  36. Shelly says:

    She’s good looking, but annoying as hell. I don’t find her sexy in the least.

  37. SashaVice says:

    I’m sick of ageism. Who cares how old she is? Why is it always considered desperate when someone over the age of 40 shows that they are still sexual?

  38. juicyjackie says:

    I think I am alone in thinking she bloody rocks and I wish I looked half as good with or without all the Photoshop. I like a person that isn’t afraid to march to the beat of their own drum and not give a damn what anyone else thinks.

  39. mimi says:

    I like her a lot.

    Did it occur to you that she might be genuinely mad that her ex formed a connection and was a father figure for her child and one day just left and lost interest in the child?

    I would be hurt too.

    She can say whatever she wants and perhaps wanted to send him that message and couldn’t reach him.

    And she looks amazing. Very few women could have looked that good so exposed.

    I don’t know why you don’t love her.
    There are no mothers like her in Hollywood. The things she has been through with her child, divorce and breakup. She is wonderful.

    • Isa says:

      Did it ever occur to you that Jim had issues of his own? He said himself that he did what He believed was best for Evan. It is a difficult issue that she did not make any better by publicly bashing her ex. Also if it mattered that much to my child I would pick up te phone and actually let him know.
      But I do agree that she is pretty.

    • Niamh says:

      “There are no mothers like her in Hollywood”??? How would you know?? Do you know them all personally? Do you have to pose naked in Playboy to be a good Hollywood mum now?

      Also, “very few women could look that good”. Again, literally millions of women her age could look that good or actually much better. I’ve got a nicer body than her and we’re the same age and my tits aren’t fake and I’m not photoshopped so I win!

  40. Ruffian9 says:

    Photoshop extravaganza. Seriously, that could be almost any random blonde in Hollywood. Also, fingerless fishnet gloves? Even the 80′s are embarrassed.

  41. Aubra says:

    Just months away from hitting the big 4-0, Jenny McCarthy proves she’s still got it

    I’ll get “groaned” but so?? I hate that the first thing projected onto women and turning 40 is peaking sexually and getting naked. Nothing against them, I just don’t know why it has to be the first thing many think of as though there is some switch, like we’re done progressing in life and there isn’t anything else to look forward to…

    that’s my opinion, like it or don’t like it! *shrug*

  42. HoustonGrl says:

    Ok, without judment, I never understand why women say they are “proud” of their PB covers. What is there to be proud of? It’s not like SHE did the photoshop, or the set design, or anything except posing. Posing in itself is not an “accomplishment,” not unless you’re reading a copy of “modeling according to Gisele.”

    Anyway, I never disliked JM. I think she’s been through a lot having an autistic child, and she seems to do a great deal of advocacy.

  43. Isa says:

    She looks amazing but almost not like herself. I’d be happy with a photo that made me look like Charlize Theron too!
    I’m sure her body will look amazing with as much photoshop as they have used.
    Also, she is keeping the money? I figured she would donate it to an autism fund. Isn’t that the whole reason to do this? To raise autism awareness? Her tits alone are not going to make me any more aware of autism.

  44. Me says:

    Its true. I didnt vaccinate my babies because Jenny McCarthy told me not to.

  45. crazycatlady says:

    First – there’s nothing “cringe-worthy” about the cover shot. I think it looks great. Second – I like Jenny. She looks amazing for her age, she’s a straight-shooting Midwestern girl (like me), she has a sense of humor, she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She cares about the world around her and she gives back (unlike so many other celebs, who just become more and more self-absorbed, vain, and clueless about the world around them).

    I say “Bravo” to her 40-year-old Playboy shoot, and more power to her.

  46. Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

    Photos are OK. But publishers should be required to have a message at the bottom of photos that’ve been photo shopped stating that they have indeed been photo shopped.

  47. Bobby the K says:

    Her hairline looks like a toupee or plugs.

    She’s attractive in a fake way based on current standards, yet remains unsexy.
    She’s more cold than sensual, more taking than giving – and proud of it.

  48. skuddles says:

    She looks pretty much like every other woman who poses for Playboy (aside from being a decade or two older)- hard, plastic, cheap bottle blonde, spackled on makeup, and a ton of photoshop to further the effect. Even her cover pose is a tired cliche. Booooring!

  49. Stacia says:

    STOP!! It’s sad that this is the only thing that she has to fallback on to make money…her body. She looks good but, for goodness sake STOP taking off your clothes for a payday.

  50. Bogz says:

    Playboy has terrible photography. And Jenny McCarthy should shut the hell up about vaccines.Stupid ho.

  51. Tuxedo Cat says:

    Wow, what a legacy to leave to your autistic son. Very thoughtful, Mom………