Actress, model, author, and celebrity speaker Jenny McCarthy has been in the public eye since she appeared in Playboy magazine and was named Playmate of the Year two decades ago. McCarthy was off to a good start financially, receiving twenty thousand dollars for posing for Playboy and another one hundred thousand dollars for being Playmate of the Year. She used her newfound fame and fortune to move to Los Angeles where she pursued a career as a television host and was chosen by MTV to host their new dating show, Singled Out. Jenny served as host to Singled Out for two years before deciding to leave to start her own series, The Jenny McCarthy Show.
Jenny McCarthy continued to work as an actress on television and in theaters. She has appeared as a guest star in numerous series including Just Shoot Me!, Charmed, Hope & Faith, What I Like About You, My Name is Earl, and Two and a Half Men where she played a recurring role alongside Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer. On the big screen, McCarthy had roles in several big name films including BASEketball, Scream 3, Scary Movie 3, and John Tucker Must Die in which she starred alongside young actors Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, and Penn Badgley.
A bestselling author, McCarthy has published several books including her autobiography entitled Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy’s Open Book, which she released in the late 1990’s. She later came out with a series of books about motherhood and parenting, including Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth, Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood, and Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism Against All Odds, in which she shares her views on alternative medical treatments for autism.
In 2013, Jenny signed on with ABC to replace co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the network’s morning talk show, The View. Jenny joined fellow co-hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sherri Shepherd on the show in the fall of 2013. Jenny now hosts her own radio show on Sirius XM, titled Dirty, Sexy, Funny.