September 11, 2012 10:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Model and TV host, Jenny McCarthy took viewers on a entertaining ride hosting the second season of NBC’s adventure-dating series Love in the Wild. Now, the New York Times best-selling author is preparing for her new series, The Jenny McCarthy Show. Set to debut January 2013 on VH1, McCarthy says the talk show will bring something “a little sexy” to the primetime line-up. During a recent trip to Atlantic City where she hosted a pool party at the Pool After Dark inside Harrah’s Resort, McCarthy dished about her new talk show, forthcoming book and why she posed for Playboy this summer.
In 1993 you first appeared in Playboy. Why did you decide to pose again this summer, almost 20 years later?
I didn’t think I would ever do it again and then Hef kept on me and as I started to reach 40, I said you know, everyone thinks just twenty year olds are sexy– there’s this whole generation of Mom’s that still pull it together so I kind of wanted to show that we still have it so I posed again. The feedback I got was amazing, I didn’t expect it but I was grateful for it.
When will your new late-night talk show debut on VH1?
It starts in January and I wanted to bring a little bit of Playboy after dark back to TV–a little sexy back. With all the guy hosts you would think there would be more sexy late-night so I thought maybe I could get away with it because I’m a chick so I’m to brink that back, a little comedy and of-course pop culture, humor.
Will there be another season of NBC’s Love in the Wild?
I had a ball with that show! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and I just went in going hopefully they’ll let me be me. It did well somewhat against the NBA finals. They did find love in the wild so I feel like I did my job so we’ll see if it works for next year.
When is your new book being released?
My book is coming out October 2. It’s my eighth book and it’s called, “Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic.” It’s a funny coming of age story from the time I was six until now. Questioning my belief systems that I was taught and then finding my own through humor and through spiritual books.
You moved back home to Chicago with your son. Why did you decide to leave Los Angeles?
I’m from Chicago and it’s been weighing on me to give him a better life then what he’s had in L.A. with paparazzi and a lot of the friends live within a 10 mile radius; there’s no one he could connect to. When I went back home he had so many friends to play with and a sense of community that I missed in Los Angeles so we’re staying there, I’m happy it’s my home and he said it’s the best thing you’ve ever done for me Mom.
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