Jenny McCarthy says her mission with her new late-night talk show is to â€śbring sexy backâ€ť to the genre. This seems like an eminently attainable goal for the former Playboy centerfold, who describes The Jenny McCarthy Show as â€śPlayboy After Dark meets Watch What Happens Live.â€ť The weekly gabfest, which will feature celebs and comedy segments, will haunt VH1 Fridays beginning Feb. 8.toned abs, took some time to answer our “7 Questions”:
Youâ€™re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones do you choose?
Us Weekly, National Geographic and then Outdoor Life â€” with a giant deer on it, and someone hunting it.
If your DVR only carried three shows, which three would you pick?
Itâ€™s so funny, because I have nothing on my DVR, and I havenâ€™t been into TV forever because I write so much. (In addition to her books, McCarthy also writes an advice column for the Chicago Sun-Times.) Modern Family, Mob Wives, and I like documentaries, so I would probably look ahead for documentaries or specials on cults.
What has been your strangest fan encounter?
I had a guy jump off a railing onto my head. Like, off a balcony. But a lot of the times itâ€™s on an airplane. I think 90 percent of the time I fly I get it. Because you canâ€™t get off the airplane, is the problem. You have an audience that is listening and watching, and sometimes thereâ€™s a line formed and it basically just turns into an autograph session, or a therapy session because thereâ€™s a lot of moms with kids with autism.
Tell me about a time when you were starstruck.
The first time I went out to L.A. after moving from Chicago and had kind of made it, I met Goldie Hawn. She was my mentor, so to speak, and when I saw her I was like a kid in a candy store. Not so much anymore. Iâ€™ve realized that celebrities arenâ€™t all that great. Everybody’s s— stinks the same.
What are three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
Gluten-free crackers. I have to have soup, so now I can survive off the crackers. And I have to have water, or Iâ€™ll lose my mind.
What are you hoping to bring to the talk-show game with your show?
Everyone is always saying they want to try something different, blah blah blah, but I think really the difference comes in the host. My humor tends to be a little bit more like Monty Python, so I wanted to incorporate that into late night, and bring some sexy back. So basically, that would put me as Benny Hill.
How has life been since youâ€™ve moved back to Chicago?
Itâ€™s been the greatest thing thatâ€™s ever happened to me. I never thought in a million years I would be coming back, because in my head back then it meant I failed. Really, I came back going, â€śOh my God, it actually worked. Iâ€™ve got the best of both worlds.â€ť I was able to go out and make a brand and come back and have my son be raised the way I was raised, in an awesome community of friends that you have for a lifetime. He says heâ€™d never go back to Los Angeles, so I feel lucky that all worked out. Hopefully Iâ€™m still able to survive flying back and forth to work and live.
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