Actress, model and comedian Jenny McCarthy was born on November 1, 1972. McCarthy was named Playboy's 1994 Playmate of the Year and gained wide fame as the co-host of MTV's dating-game show Singled Out, from 1995 to 1997. She left the series to begin hosting her own program on the network, a sketch-comedy offering called The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997). She eventually returned to television in 2012 with a new The Jenny McCarthy Show, this time around using a chat format. McCarthy also hosted the second season of NBC's Love in the Wild. In 2013, she became co-host of the popular daytime talk show The View.
McCarthy continued to gain fame as the co-host of MTV's dating-game show Singled Out, alongside Chris Hardwick, from 1995 to 1997. She left the show to begin hosting her own show on the network, a sketch-comedy program called The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997).
Since then, McCarthy has continued to pose for Playboy—recently appearing on the cover of the magazine's July/August 2012 issue—as well as in advertisements for companies like Candie's. She's also made several TV and film appearances, including the film Scary Movie 3 and the TV program Two and a Half Men. Additionally, she's authored popular books, including Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth (2004) and Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism (2007).
In 2012, McCarthy hosted the second season of NBC's Love in the Wild, a reality show in which real-life couples participate in challenges. She also returned to television as the host of The Jenny McCarthy Show, this time airing on VH1, later that year. While her self-titled chat show proved to be a disappointment, McCarthy landed a major daytime television gig in July 2013. It was announced that she would be a new host on Barbara Walter's popular program The View. McCarthy was brought on board to replace the departing Joy Behar for the show's 17th season.
"We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host," Walters told USA Today. Walters said that McCarthy "brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view." McCarthy made her debut on The View that September.
McCarthy is also the cousin of comedian and Academy Award-nominee Melissa McCarthy.