It wasn’t the best day for Jenny McCarthy last Friday, having flown in overnight on a charter flight from Chicago to make an appearance at the SiriusXM Radio Row area staged for Super Bowl weekend and host her weekday “The Jenny McCarthy Show.”
McCarthy was slated to arrive on Thursday, but the polar vortex crippled her flights. She was also supposed to be joined by singer-actor husband Donnie Wahlberg, but because the couple’s heater broke and her father’s pipes burst during the brutal cold, Wahlberg stayed home to tend to domestic issues.
But even those headaches didn’t quash McCarthy’s energetic personality as she took some time to talk with me and AJC Radio/TV writer Rodney Ho about her role on Fox’s recently renewed mystery celebrity hit show, “The Masked Singer.”
“My agent said, ‘I know you’re gonna do a big old pass on this one,’” McCartney recalled about first hearing about the show. “And I said wait a second...I watched (the original Korean version) and said, this show is going to be a massive hit. There are celebrities, there’s weird outfits. It’s unique and different and then you’ve got the mystery of who sung it, AND you can watch it with your kids. It checks all these boxes of what I was looking for. I’m so happy when people come up to me and say. ‘It’s the first show I’ve been able to watch with my kids and get them away from the computers.”
McCarthy said the show was filmed in June and she and her fellow panelists knew nothing about the contestants.
“As we learn the clues, you learn the clues,” she said.
As for the rampant guessing about which famous voice is hiding under the elaborate costumes – especially the Rabbit – McCarthy laughs.
“I can’t tell you how many people come up and ask if it’s Joey Fatone, my husband, Joey McIntyre, A.J. (McLean) from Backstreet Boys… the list goes on and on. I love it because everyone thinks they know and they just don’t know.”
Check out the video to hear McCarthy discuss what she loves about doing her live radio show, her upcoming book and what it’s like going on tour with New Kids on the Block, as Wahlberg will do this summer (July 11 at State Farm Arena).
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