07.15.13 9:16 PM ET
The Best and Worst of Jenny McCarthy (Video)
‘Psycho’ on ‘Singled Out’
McCarthy’s first big break on national television was as the outspoken, racy host of MTV’s 1990s dating game show Singled Out. In one episode, she waded through a group of men, yelling, “Are you slabs of meat, ready to be cooked and eaten?” Her antics got so odd that her co-host called her “psycho” more than once.
An Autism Crusade
In 2009 McCarthy and then-beau Jim Carrey visited Larry King to promote biomedical treatment for autistic children. She explained that she had “made a pact with God” that if he cured her child of autism, she would share that path with the world. McCarthy has repeatedly linked autism to vaccinations, a claim that the medical community says is wrong and dangerous.
In a 2010 appearance on Chelsea Lately, McCarthy delved quickly into her own sex life. With no shortage of explicit adjectives and sound effects, she told the host about a period in her life when she couldn’t walk without going “Oh, Godddd” and having “three-hour orgasms.” Turns out, she was just putting on too much progesterone cream.
A Soldier’s Special New Year’s Kiss
When McCarthy joined Ryan Seacrest on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, she rang in 2013 with a special, ahem, stranger. “I think I’m in loooove,” she said, and then proceeded to find out the man’s name and relationship status.
A Breath of Fresh Air
McCarthy wasted little time on Ellen before delving straight into her defense of hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Alternating between her explanation of the treatment and strange graphics of people climbing into the machines, McCarthy claimed, “It’s gonna be imperative for everyone someday.” While we’re happy that the treatment has helped to improve her son’s condition, we think it may be a while until the average consumer spends $10,000-plus to use one regularly.
Violating Justin Bieber
Before Justin Bieber was able to accept his award at the 2012 American Music Awards, McCarthy, a presenter, grabbed his butt and planted several kisses on him. After the show, McCarthy called her own actions “cougar rape,” saying she just couldn’t help it, because he was so “delicious.”
‘Jesus Was My Justin Bieber’
Appearing on Conan to discuss her book Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic, McCarthy disclosed her extremely religious childhood and explained why Jesus became her “Justin Bieber.” Banned from hanging posters of popular actors and musicians of her time, McCarthy turned to a “hippie Jesus” poster and claimed that she developed the “hots” for the son of God.