How much is Jenny McCarthy worth?
|Net Worth:||$25 Million
|Date of Birth:||November 1, 1972|
|Country:||United States of America|
From Playboy playmate to mother to red carpet regular to author, Jenny has got the balancing act in her back pocket.
Who Is Jenny McCarthy
Model and actress Jenny McCarthy is the wild and wacky Playboy Playmate whose stardom has been threefold—from sex symbol to pop icon to controversial activist.
American actress Jenny McCarthy has a net worth sitting at $25 million dollars, as of 2021.
Playmate Of The Year And Singled Out
Born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, Jennifer Ann McCarthy grew up with three sisters in an Irish Catholic family. After graduating from high school, McCarthy studied nursing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. When college expenses put a dent in her wallet, she submitted her picture to Playboy magazine hoping to earn some extra income and was accepted as a model in 1993. McCarthy’s sizzling curves won her immediate attention and she became not only the Playmate of the Month, but also 1994’s Playmate of the Year.
From the centerfolds, McCarthy emerged on television as the host for the hit MTV dating show Singled Out, where she gained popularity amongst the cable masses for both her voluptuous good looks and her wacky personality. MTV capitalized on her hilarity by giving McCarthy her own sketch comedy program, The Jenny McCarthy Show. Also wanting to cash in on the hot new blonde bombshell, NBC made room for a short-lived sitcom, Jenny, which did not fare well with their audiences. Regardless of her ratings, McCarthy had cultivated a particular brand of lowbrow humor that contrasted her sex appeal with the grotesque that made her marketably delicious.
A Blip On The Big Screen
With her popularity on a steady incline, McCarthy took to the big screen alongside South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone in the comedy BASEketball (1998). As the years went on, she made guest appearances in a number of sitcoms like Two and a Half Men and The Drew Carey Show while still making cameos in films. Returning to hosting, E! recruited her for Party at the Palms, a reality show that featured celebrities and hotel guests partying with McCarthy in Las Vegas. All the while, McCarthy continued to pose for Playboy, landing on covers in 1997 and 2005.
Drunk with the glamour of fame, McCarthy wrote and produced a film called Dirty Love (2003), starring her and her fellow Playboy model Carmen Electra. Her cinematic efforts won her a lineup of Razzie awards for Worst Actress, Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture. Even her then-husband, John Mallory Asher, could not escape the shame spiral as he also won a Razzie for Worst Director.
McCarthy married Asher in 1999 welcoming a son into their family in 2002. After six years of marriage, the couple split up. Shortly after her divorce, McCarthy began dating funnyman Jim Carrey. Although they never married, the two lived together and continued their relationship until April 2010.
In 2007, McCarthy revealed that her son had been diagnosed with autism. The revelation put Jenny’s outspoken personality to a good cause and she became the spokesperson for nonprofits like Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and Generation Rescue. Having published three books on the subject, McCarthy argued that vaccines can trigger autism, a controversial view that has been opposed by public health experts. Through her efforts, McCarthy has discouraged parents from giving their children vaccines and has been heavily criticized for stirring up a public scare and serious debate with unfounded scientific claims.
Jenny McCarthy’s new identity as a passionate and concerned mother is a stark contrast to her foulmouthed personality of the past, practically overshadowing her entire career, but her true fans will never forget her sexy curves and raunchy style that provided her the platform she’s standing on now.
Defining Quote “Size definitely helps, but the thing is, you don’t need big. Average is awesome. Standard issue is awesome.”
Talk show time
Though her television work as continued unabated – McCarthy is the star of a handful of TV movies, pilots and regular guest spots on sit-coms and talk shows – talk of McCarthy hosting her own show has been around since at least 2009.
That show was going to unfold as a daytime program, perhaps a mash-up of Rachael Ray and The View. It would focus on McCarthy’s success as an author and the ups and downs of a mother with an autistic child. The show could have been produced by Oprah Winfrey and likely would have found life on the OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Cut to four years later and McCarthy is back with a brand new take on talk shows, The Jenny McCarthy Show. This time she’s breaking out of her good mother persona and falling back on the persona that made her famous – the self-deprecating, little bit nerdy, totally goofy girl next door that will get you in trouble.
The show is described as giving viewers an all-access pass to McCarthy’s penthouse apartment every Friday night for a loud and rambunctious party. Rather than a house band, she’ll have a house deejay, and she’ll keep company with close friends, celebrity guests – even the production crew and the party’s bartender.
“The Jenny McCarthy Show” (Feb 2013 – May 2013)
The Jenny McCarthy Show was a half-hour late night pop-culture chat fest on cable channel VH1. The program celebrated, as well as skewered, “everyone and everything in pop culture, news, fashion, TV, movies and the web.”
On some level, it seemed like this show was in development for years. In fact, About Talk Shows first reported on a possible Jenny McCarthy program back in May 2009.
At that time, the show was going to unfold as a daytime program, perhaps a mash-up of Rachael Ray and The View. It would focus on McCarthy’s success as an author (including the books “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism” and “Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds”) and the ups and downs of a mother with an autistic child. The show could have been produced by Oprah Winfrey and likely would have found life on the OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. But the show never came to be.
Cut to four years later and McCarthy is back with a brand new take on a talk show that sports her name. This time she’s breaking out of her good mother persona and falling back on the persona that made her famous – the self-deprecating, little bit nerdy, totally goofy girl next door that will get you in trouble.
She sports that attitude in a promo for the new show, which finds McCarthy speeding along in a limo to a various venues in which she finds herself in embarrassing situations. She squirts mustard in a provocative way only to find it covering the face of a middle-aged bald man. She struts on the red carpet only to find her dress undone, leaving her exposed.
It’s the manic personality that made her an MTV sweetheart. So it’s apropos that McCarthy return to that for her stint on MTV’s “older sister” station, VH1.
It’s also a bit reminiscent of late night’s most popular female talk show host, Chelsea Handler. Handler has created a similar persona and exploits that on her talk show. McCarthy, who helped perfect the act on shows like her short-lived sit-com, Jenny.
Also reminiscent of Chelsea Lately is Handler’s use of a guest panelists to discuss hot topics and cultural trends and more intimate celebrity interviews.
So what’s different? Definitely the attitude. The show is described as giving viewers an all-access pass to McCarthy’s penthouse apartment every Friday night for a loud and rambunctious party. Rather than a house band, she’ll have a house deejay, and she’ll keep company with close friends, celebrity guests – even the production crew and the party’s bartender.
“Nothing is off limits at Jenny’s party,” reads a statement. “That means whether it’s at the bar, the bedroom, or in the bathtub, everyone’s in on the action.”
McCarthy is no stranger to the talk show circuit, either. She has appeared on Handler’s show as a guest panelist, and has appeared numerous times on several talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Conan, Rachael Ray, Live with Regis & Kelly and many more.
The show only lasted 15 episodes, in part because McCarthy was asked to join The View on ABC. Her time on The View only lasted a year.
Most fans of Jenny McCarthy remember her from her heyday in the 1990s – a Gen X Playboy model that broke the mold of sexy girl next door or sexy woman you can never have – the mainstays of Playboy in that era.
No, McCarthy was a balls-to-the-wall tomboy who got a kick out of fart jokes and toilet humor. And once you understood that dichotomy, you were a fan.
McCarthy was born Jennifer Ann McCarthy on Nov. 1, 1972, in Evergreen Park, Ill. She grew up in a Irish-Catholic household, the second of four sisters, and attended Catholic school: Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. Though McCarthy has referred to herself as a school outsider – and outcast who was regularly picked on – she also served as cheerleader for two boys’ schools, Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High School.
She is perhaps best known – or at least widely known – for her work with Playboy magazine. McCarthy posed for the adult magazine in 1993 and was named Playmate of the Year the same year.
The notoriety led to a television gig for The Playboy Channel. McCarthy hosted Hot Rocks, a show that featured uncensored music videos. After a year on the program, McCarthy was lured away by MTV.
MTV likely knew that McCarthy’s Playboy status, mixed with her frat boy humor, would attract even more of the network’s coveted young male viewership. They made her the co-host of Singled Out, a dating show, and McCarthy became
an instant success. That success led to guest work with the World Wrestling Federation and her own MTV sketch comedy program, The Jenny McCarthy Show (not to be confused with her new talk show of the same name.
The sketch show got enough acclaim and viewership for McCarthy to launch her own sit-com, a short-lived affair named Jenny that was cancelled after 17 episodes.
Though she starred in a number of B-movies throughout the 2000s (including BASEketball and Scream 3), McCarthy was better known for her role off the screen.
McCarthy married filmmaker John Mallory Asher in 1999 and the two had a son, Evan. Evan, the couple would later find, suffered from autism, a condition for which McCarthy has blamed childhood vaccinations for causing. Her struggles with her son would lead her to numerous daytime talk shows, where she became an advocate for autism research and an expert as the parent of an autistic child.
That expertise led to a series of books, including Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism, Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds, and Healing and Preventing Autism.
She’s also the author of several parenting books and humorous tomes, including Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance.