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Jenny McCarthy will have own talk show

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
September 3, 2009 4:18:18 PM PDT
Jenny McCarthy got her start on MTV. Now, she's planning a return to television, but not as an actress. In the past few years, Jenny has expanded her resume to include author and, most recently, spokesperson.

"We just kicked off our second 'Lose for Good' campaign. So if you wanted to lose weight or join Weight Watchers, now would be the time 'cuz last year during this time, in six weeks, the members lost four million pounds, and hunger charities gained $1 million," says Jenny, while helping plant a vegetable garden at the Arroyo Head Start in Altadena.

From now through Oct. 17, if Weight Watchers members lose four million more pounds, the company will donate another $1 million to help feed families and children in need through two charitable groups: Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.

"The charities are hurting right now. Even with my own one for autism, we're strapped for trying to get people to donate," Jenny says.

So she's thrilled Weight Watchers is willing to give big money. She is also thrilled about her own future. After spending the last chapter of her life learning about her son's autism and sharing her beliefs, she is hoping to help others.

"I just signed a development deal with Oprah to have my own talk show, and I will be shooting that pilot in the next couple months," she says.

"I've been approached for years out in L.A. to have my own talk show, and I really wasn't interested because I had much going on with my son and just wanted to get to a place where I felt OK and ready and wise to share words of wisdom. So, when Oprah asked me to sign a deal, I was happy to say, 'now's the time,'" she adds.

And after all, Oprah does have a good track record getting others started in the talk show arena.

"She has a pretty good stamp of approval, and I'm just grateful that I will have a platform to share some hopefully really valuable information with the rest of the world," she says.

Jenny will also be back on ABC Family during the holidays with the TV movie sequel "Santa Baby 2."

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