Jenny McCarthy in ‘serious talks’ to replace Joy Behar on The View: good pick?

Jenny McCarthy

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:

Jenny McCarthy

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.

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy

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  1. blannie says:

    Ugh she is so crass and tasteless. I’ve watched the View since the beginning and have already emailed them that if she’s on it, I’m done watching it. I can’t stand her.

    • Jules says:

      I hope (if they hire her) that at the end of every show, there is an ad for the Jenny McCarthy Body Count website that reveals how many kids have died due to the lack of getting childhood vaccines since her POS book came out in 2007. Oprah was going to give her a show at one point, but obviously thought better of it.

    • SheilaSheilaSheila says:

      Agreed, Agreed, Agreed. I’ve never found the debates on The View very well-informed or deep to begin with. More like spouting headlines & poorly conceived Reader’s Digest versions of “hot topics”. Whoopi & Barbara unfortunately included. Adding Jenny to the mix would be a disaster. Her anti-vaccination pseudo-science is deadly. Daytime television should not give an open format for shitty medical advice from Hollywood. Brooke Shields, on the other hand, got her post-partum help from actual science-based medical doctors. She could be good…

      • Spooks says:

        I read somewhere that Bill Maher was also anti-vaccination. That surprised me. I thought he was smart.

      • JudyK says:

        Once again, thanks for pointing out what I’ve been wanting to say forever. The women on The View are WOEFULLY UNINFORMED. They read a headline and go with it without knowing the full story.

        That show is a JOKE.

      • Ag says:

        @Spooks – yes, he is anti-vac. i’ve heard about it on The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, they do excellent coverage of the anti-vaccine “movement”.

      • SheilaSheilaSheila says:

        Yeah, I once read that Bill Maher won’t take aspirin for a headache because the body doesn’t lack aspirin naturally – that headaches aren’t caused by the absence of aspirin. This represents a terrible understanding of how medicine works. I’m all for combining Eastern & Western medicinal knowledge. But going off half-cocked about your intuitive, “common sense approach” to medicine belies decades of scientific research.

    • Richard says:

      Other than Mrs. Hasselbeck, everything about the View IS Crass and Tasteless, so why should Ms. McCarthy be out of place?

    • JudyK says:

      Thank you for putting it so succinctly, and now I don’t have to rage on and on.

      Jenny McCarthy is as low-class as they come.

      • Lisa says:

        +1000 I actually stopped watching because I could not take anymore of Joy. I don’t like Jenny but she would not be as bad as Joy. I would love it if they keep Elizabeth because she brings some much needed balance. Replace Joy with Brook Shields. Love Brook.

    • Sunnyjyl says:

      Jenny is not anti-immunization. She had her own child immunized. But, what she is is informed. She rightly advocates that immunizations be given separately, so that if child has a reaction, it is known to which drug they are reacting. She also believes that people should wait until a baby is older to vaccinate. Also, she advocated for mercury to be taken out of the vaccinations.

      I stopped watching, The View, when Lisa Ling left. I might be interested again if Jenny and Brooke are hired.

      • jwoolman says:

        Separate vaccinations and waiting until the child is older are advocated by increasing numbers of medical people as well. Vaccination is a serious shock to the system and can have disastrous and even fatal effects for some children now and when they are adults, especially today when dozens of vaccinations are given so early. I know more about vaccines and their risks than most because of my scientific background and my job (I’ve had to read and translate many millions of words on the subject in various languages, in both human and veterinary medicine). I don’t understand the hatred expressed against her for what is hardly a crazy viewpoint today, now that we’ve had generations of experience and patterns are beginning to emerge.

        One difficulty in interpreting the data comes from the fact that other things are happening at the same time as vaccination campaigns. Typically rapid diagnosis of the infectious disease and isolation of the patient have already become standard by the time a vaccine is available, as well as various sanitary measures. There also can be a significant placebo effect boosting the immune system during mass vaccinations. The issue is quite complex. Markers for immune response often are not present in a significant number of people who are vaccinated against a current flu, for example, and there are always people who get sick because of the vaccine. Flu vaccines are in demand but are not as effective or safe as many believe, and not just because flu viruses rapidly mutate. Veterinarians are questioning the legally mandated rabies vaccination schedule – some animals never demonstrate an immune response, and many others are needlessly revaccinated (which has risks, sometimes fatal) when their immune systems are already capable of recognizing the virus. The rabies vaccine is no guarantee against rabies in a particular animal (the same is true in humans, who do get sick from a disease against which they have been vaccinated) . Vaccination programs directed against wild populations such as raccoons are now suspected to have spread the disease rather than curbing it.

        I don’t think anybody at this point can say that more children have died because this woman advocates caution about vaccination than have already definitely died due to vaccinations as well as all those who have died from them but the cause of death was not officially connected with vaccines. People tend to assume that vaccination is risk-free – it definitely is not. Sometimes it is not until the age is shifted upward for the first vaccinations that a decrease in deaths is noticed (SIDS deaths may in some cases be related to poor response to vaccinations, for instance). A complication is that effects can be delayed, so we have to try to see changes in established mortality patterns. The data are difficult to collect and analyze, and one reason is simply that there is no money in slowing down the vaccinations but there is a lot of money in producing and selling vaccines. This is a common problem in modern medicine.

  2. Denise says:

    She is dangerously misguided and misinformed. Thanks for helping bring back life-threatening diseases that we’d worked so hard to wipe out. I hope she uses her inexplicable influence for something more positive. Just be silly and make people laugh and have big boobs and blonde hair Jenny, that’s what you do best.

    • Spooks says:

      This. Why do people who are not medically trained think they can talk about such issues?

      I don’t watch the show that often, but wasn’t Joy the only completely left on the panel? I’ll miss her.

    • lamamu says:

      +1 The anti-vaccine stance really gets to me. Who misses polio? Not only can her child get infected, but he (or she?) can infect others. But who cares about the common good anymore?

    • Ag says:

      + a million. she is a real public health threat. now she is going to be given a platform to spread her ill-informed, non-science based, dangerous, and deadly (yes, deadly – children die from not being vaccinated) views. shame.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      YES! You can be sure she will use the show as a platform for her extremely misguided views. Doctors have explained that her child never had “autism” in the first place. His miracle cure makes no sense unless you recognize he had a different disorder from the beginning. She is DUMB – so dumb she thinks she is qualified to mislead the entire world.

  3. Kiddo says:

    Now there’s a woman who is seriously over-rated and over-exposed. With that said, the View is unwatchable anyway, so whatever.

  4. Jennifer12 says:

    Admittedly, I’m rarely home during the day to watch TV, but I can’t imagine Jenny adding much to any show. She’s annoying, dumb, loud and crass. No one wants to see a middle aged tween.

  5. LucyS says:

    I can’t see the View’s target audience accepting such a classless person into their homes everyday. Her anti vaccine campaign is one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever seen – giving her a well established platform like the View to spout off more of her misinformed crap would be irresponsible of ABC’s management.

  6. Sabrine says:

    She has a vulgarity about her that is quite off putting. Joy is intelligent, well informed and funny. This one is none of those. Talk about a downgrade. This would be a disappointing choice.

    I guess they don’t call it the “dumbing down of America” for nothing.

    • Suzy from Ontario says:


    • mayamae says:

      Unfortunately the show is almost as dumbed down as it can get with Sherri and Elisabeth. Jenny is no Joy, but neither is Brooke Shields.

      I visit a message board for The View frequently and viewers are already jumping ship. They despise Sherri’s over the top ignorance, Elisabeth’s hate, Barbara’s arrogance/senior moments, and Whoopi’s detached laziness.

      So far Jenny has been more on point and engaged than anyone on the show other than Joy. Many are willing to give her a chance if she keeps her mouth shut regarding immunizations.

      I don’t care for Jenny, but I’ll keep occasionally watching and enjoying reading my board.

  7. Dorothy#1 says:

    I love Joy!! I’m really going to miss her 🙁 I don’t really like the idea of Jenny but I will give it a chance.

  8. L says:

    She’ll fit right in with the rest of that group. These are the same folks that don’t think Roman Polanski ‘rape raped’ someone, and felt sorry for the Stubenville guys. Never mind the rest of the wackadoo stuff they say.

    It’ll get ratings for sure, but Jenny McCarthy having that kind of a platform is dangerous.

    • doofus says:

      not to mention the one that doesn’t believe in evolution (“period!”) and said she “doesn’t know” if the earth is round/spherical.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Ha ha..I can only guess that you’re referring to Hassleback?

      • Ag says:

        she did? HAHAHAHA! somehow i’m not surprised.

      • Sarah says:

        She’s actually talking about Sherri Shepard. It’s pretty good if you have 5 minutes to check YouTube.

      • doofus says:

        TOK, as Sarah said above, it was Sherri…but it’s not out of line at all for you to think it was Hasselcrack. 🙂

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Good God…

        Can’t they get any intelligent conservative or religious women to represent that quotient?
        Why do they have to have morons?

    • lucy2 says:

      My first thought was ugh, her? And then thinking about the others left on the show now, she’ll fit right in.

    • j.eyre says:

      I am not really familiar witht he current line up but if this happens (the Jenny deal), The View will have absolutely no one with a news/journalist background on it, correct?

      The original concept of the show was a good one, I feel – strong opinionated but well-informed women presenting several sides to one topic.

  9. Andrew says:

    I can’t stand the woman. Can’t stand Joy either so I guess it’s a match. Maybe Joy will do playboy too. Dear lord it’s too early in the morning for that image.

  10. Cece says:

    Don’t like her, and never watch the show, but she’ll say provocative and controversial things, and that’s what folks seem to want these days. As sad as it is, I think she might bring in ratings.

  11. Lucybelle says:

    Do people seriously watch The View? I’ve had it on a couple of times while doing housework and whatnot and dear lord it was annoying. I had to change the channel. Nothing but a bunch of twits yammering on at the same time, each one louder than the others. So irritating.

    • Nicolette says:

      This. Whatever clips I’ve seen of it are just annoying. A bunch of yentas all trying to speak over each other. She should fit right in.

  12. Marigold says:

    Yeah, let’s replace the witty voice of reason on the show with a vapid dimwit who spreads misinformation like a forest fire. I don’t watch the show much but the few times I have when she has been a guest host, I quickly turned the channel.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Once those crazy bats start talking, I flip the channel.

      Joy was the only one that didn’t make me want to punch a wall, replace her with McCarthy and the show realizes it’s full potential to be completely unwatchable.

      • Bridget says:

        Are they intentionally trying to put together a panel of the dimmest women possible? The concept of a show made up of differing viewpoints doesnt work very well when none of them seem to actually be appropriately caught up on current events beyond a cursory scan of the headlines on Fox/MSNBC. For adding another completely uninformed harridan, Jenny McCarthy will be perfect for the job.

  13. Sonia says:

    Nobody will be able to hear what she says, they all talk at the same time anyway. I was going to start watching it when I heard Brooke S. was going to replace Elizabeth, but now…not so much.

  14. Dedrie says:

    I vote for the abandoned ventriloquist dummy in the back stage storeroom.. no one will notice..

  15. Gia says:

    I don’t really think she’s view demographic. She will drive the mini van majority nuts. Horrible choice.

  16. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Man all these photos of her read like a fashion retrospective of 1999-2005.

  17. Ag says:

    here is the link to email ABC and tell them that this woman has done enough damage to our public health as is, and does not need to be put on national tv to cause more.

  18. lisa says:

    just when you think the view is already the most irritating group of people ever, they raise me one dr mccarthy

    she’s dumb and irritating

    plus i really dont want commentary from someone who has surgically altered her whole face

  19. judyjudy says:

    I’ve tried to watch this show a handful of times and found it exhausting and irritating. So yeah, I guess she’d be a perfect fit.

    • Lucybelle says:

      Exhausting is a perfect word to describe this train wreck they call a TV show. Trying to glean a coherent sentence from any of these idiots while they are all talking over each other makes me want to take a nap.

    • Andrew says:

      Try watching the talk. It’s a knockoff that is amazingly 100 times worse. Talk about annoying women talking over each other.

  20. Veery Verytas says:

    Replacing Blowhard with Airhead? I’ll only watch if she appears topless.

  21. mrgeorge says:

    NO no no.

  22. Rach says:

    Her grandma knees are gross and look even worse with her fake tan spray.

  23. Betty says:

    I like Jenny McCarthy for some reason, but I think it would be nice if they added a Latina to the lineup. They’ve never had one, which seems crazy, given that Latinos are the largest minority group in the nation and that the show was originally designed to feature the viewpoints of women from different cultural backgrounds, ages, political persuasions, etc.

    • mayamae says:

      Twice a woman named Rachel, from an early season of Real World on MTV, has come close to being cast. She’s an Hispanic conservative republican married to a Wisconsin tea party congressman. Some speculate she may replace Elisabeth. Rachel is more educated and actually aware of her conservative talking points, but her husband is quite the obstructionist.

      • Betty says:

        Yes, her husband Sean was on the RW too. I don’t agree with Rachel’s politics but I agree that she’s much more educated than Elisabeth and would be a better representative for conservatives.

  24. paranormalgirl says:

    Joy Behar is 70? Damn.

  25. Dimebox says:

    Jenny is much worse than the air headed Sherri, because Jenny has an agenda of spreading dangerous misinformation . To my knowledge she has never backed off any of her claims against childhood vaccines even after the doctor she quoted was outed as a fraud. ABC needs to be more responsible than having this bimbo on their show bleating out all her psedo-medical “knowledge.”

  26. Melly says:

    I will also stop watching the View if Jenny McCarthy becomes a host. Her pushing of the anti vaccine agenda is dangerous as well as her claim that she cured her son of autism by changing his diet.
    This does a disservice to all the children with autism who continue to struggle with this horrible condition.

    • jwoolman says:

      I don’t know all the details of her story, but remember thinking when I heard some of it that her son probably had autistic-like symptoms that may have involved food allergies or intolerances. He still has problems, so diet wasn’t a complete cure. But in allergy discussions I’ve read, definitely parents of autistic children have experimented with diet (in some cases successfully) to help moderate symptoms/behaviors. This could also be just due to co-existence of allergy/intolerance along with autism, of course. But the improvement can be very real and certainly helpful. The diagnosis of autism has expanded considerably in recent years, though, and it could easily be a disorder with many different origins. Schizophrenia is like that, explaining why a therapeutic approach that is successful in one population in a clinical trial may not work for other populations. But there is definitely a link between behavior and diet that is tied partly to allergies/intolerances and partly to differing needs for certain nutrients. Basically- don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.

    • NeNe says:

      Worst choice ever. She is insufferable. It would be the wrong choice to have her replace Joy. She is so annoying. She makes my skin crawl. What are they thinking?

  27. dj says:

    Not a great choice. In order to compete with “The Talk” the view needs someone to speak to a much younger demographic or at least a more diverse demographic. I have been watching “The Talk” for several reasons: they do not talk over one another (that gives me a headache!); diversity which includes sexual orientation; it is so much funnier! I love Sharon Osborne. No more View for me.

  28. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Chelsea Handler would be a more fun addition only because she would annoy the dumb one with the really high voice.