Former nude model and anti-vaccination advocate Jenny McCarthy will be joining The View as a co-host, ABC reported today. McCarthy has appeared some eight times as a guest co-host. The show’s on-air cast has been largely turned over, with the exit of Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar, as well as Barbara Walters next year. “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor,” said Walters. “She can be serious and outrageous.” McCarthy said, “I’m beyond thrilled…I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off.”
McCarthy got her career start as a cover girl for Playboy, and was Playmate of the Year. She has starred in several other television shows and failed movies. McCarthy’s son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005, spurring McCarthy to blame vaccinations for autism.
She said that chelation therapy helped her son recover from autism; chelation therapy assumes that mercury in vaccines lies behind autism. Thanks in part to McCarthy’s publicity campaign against vaccinations, thousands of American parents have not vaccinated their children, resulting in higher rates of measles and whooping cough. McCarthy said, “Since when is repeating the words of parents and recommending further investigation a crime?”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).