Jenny McCarthy joins forces with Oprah: Is she the next Dr. Phil?

Mccarthyoprah_lIt goes without saying that Oprah Winfrey wields some major starmaking power, so when someone signs a multi-platform, multi-year development deal with Harpo Productions, get ready to see a lot of them. The latest beneficiary of Oprah’s media might is Jenny McCarthy, who’s on track to create a syndicated talk show for Harpo after inking just such a deal. In the meantime, she launched a blog called "Give It Up Before Summer" on this past Friday. The "it" currently being given up is refined sugar, which McCarthy seems to have sworn off because, she explains, "I would always complain to my friends that I wish there were AA meetings for chocoholics." Also, just FYI, Jenny McCarthy was PMSing this weekend. And she refers to her "awesome husband" even though she and Jim Carrey are not technically married. So many things to learn from this blog!

So far McCarthy’s been a Playboy model, an actress with a knack for gross-out comedies, an MTV dating show host, an outspoken parent, and, recently, a frequent guest on Oprah. Not a bad career arc. Now, clearly, she’s poised to become a bigger phenomenon than ever. So now’s the time to speak up: What sort of projects would you like to see emerge from her Harpo deal? The sky is the limit here.

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  • Ep Sato

    Simon, you forgot to note that Jenny’s also a published author who’s had at least two best sellers. She’s also stood both sides on the cigar debate (on Time Magazine’s cover she dissed them as “stinky”, but in the Chigago Cigar newspaper she was prominently featured as a fan of cigars), was the most successful hostess of Mtv’s Remote Control, and did her first Playboy shoot straddling over a Vespa P200.
    I’m no fan of Jenny’s, but must give the lady props for all she’s been able to accomplish. It’s also cool that she’s as outspoken on autism as she is.
    I’d love to see her find a niche for herself like a talk show or as hostess of a skit series. Either that, or add her as Jenna’s long lost sister on 30 Rock and let’s see what ensues…

  • Snarf

    If she finds a cure for chocoholics, I’ll be forever in her debt.

  • crispy

    Ugh, no. Jenny McCarthy is an idiot who continues to perpetuate the myth that vaccines cause autism. This is surprising from Oprah, who is normally so smart with health issues.

  • Rebecca Watson

    What sort of project would I like to see come of this? I guess I’d like to see a project called “Jenny McCarthy Stops Contributing to the Spread of Deadly Yet Easily Preventable Diseases.” The premise is simple: Jenny McCarthy stops publicizing her idiotic, non-scientific views on immunizations and starts educating people about the truth – that vaccines are critical to the health of our children and have absolutely no link to autism.
    Yeah, I’d watch that.

  • Leila

    I just lost my respect for Oprah.

  • Jeff From Jersey

    Ms. McCarthy*s voice, along with the rest of her, should be welcome to the dialogue that is America. However, what is her reaction to the news that autism could be an inheirted trait as noted in an English medical study?

  • H

    Since Oprah is such a huge Obama supporter and Obama has made a commitment to science and research, I don’t see why this anti-science celebrity is being given a platform to spew her ignorant bile. At least Dr. Phil has an actual degree. Shame on Oprah!

  • LibbyP

    Ditto Crispy. Why Oprah gives her any love is beyond me.

  • Nate

    Ep Sato, she was a hostess on “Singled Out,” not “Remote Control.” Kari Wuhrer was on RC.

  • F. Andy Seidl

    It’s really too bad that Oprah does not use her considerable power to really do some good for the world–or at least remain neutral. But providing a platform for seriously (even dangerously) uninformed people like Jenny McCarthy is actually doing harm.
    Jenny, Deepak, and others get a free launch from Ophrah and the world suffers for it. One day, I hope, Oprah will realize the harm she is doing.
    Oprah’s the only one either:

  • andrew

    I’d be willing to pay Oprah a subscription fee to keep McCarthy out of the public eye.
    McCarthy is a menace to public health and is directly responsible for the un-vaccinated children that are dying from whooping cough and measles.

  • Elle

    Yes, give her a talk show … the first one featuring true scientists, and have her get schooled on the fact that reading the internet does not make you qualified to speak about the causes & cures of autism.

  • katy

    Somewhat surprised by the JM hatred! I find her charming, and I think she’s been providing a shot in the arm to the O Show, which has been more and more snoozetacular lately…

  • Emoney

    I think Jenny McCarthy is funny and I’m impressed with her devotion to and advocacy for her son. BUT, have to agree with the other posters, it’s just not okay that someone with her public profile continues spreading the myth that vaccines cause autism. I can only imagine how it feels to have an autistic child and wish for answers, but vaccines just aren’t it.

  • MisterHate

    It’s good to see Oprah has yet another minion. Blah.

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