Jenny McCarthy, a former MTV star, is switching teams and has signed on for her own talk show with sister channel VH1.
The 39-year-old former co-host of the dating series "Singled Out" is set to star in "The Jenny McCarthy Show," a talk program slated to premiere in the summer or fall.
"Still in its early development stages, 'The Jenny McCarthy Show' will celebrate as well as skewer everyone and everything in pop culture, news, fashion, TV, movies and the web," VH1 said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday, February 15. "The series will also feature guest panelists and celebrity interviews."
McCarthy teased the news on her Twitter page a day earlier, saying: "Big announcement coming out tomorrow. No I'm not pregnant but can't wait to share it. Xxoo.
She later thanked her fans, Tweeting on Wednesday: "Thanks everyone. So excited!"
This is McCarthy's third attempt at launching a talk show in the past few years. According to Deadline.com, she had a daytime talk show in development at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions, but ultimately it didn't go forward. Last year, she filmed a daytime talk show pilot for NBC Universal's syndication division, but it was not picked up.
McCarthy rose to fame as Playboy magazine's 1994 Playmate of the Year. She co-hosted the MTV dating competition series "Singled Out" with Chris Hardwick between 1995 and 1997, after which Carmen Electra took over until the show was canceled in 1998. McCarthy and Electra, another former Playboy model, both attended the SVEDKA Vodka Anti-Valentine's Day Bash at AGENCY Boutique Nightclub in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2012 (see photos).
"Jenny is a great comedic talent with a sharp wit and magnetic personality, and we couldn't be happier to welcome her to the VH1 family," the cable network's EVP of original programming and production, Jeff Olde said in the statement. Our viewers connect with smart, funny, and outspoken women and Jenny certainly represents all of those elements wrapped up in a style that makes people smile."
VH1 and MTV are both owned by Viacom. The former channel caters to an older demographic. Olde told The Hollywood Reporter that "Jenny was always on the top of our list because our audience grew up with Jenny."
In 1997, after she left "Singled Out," McCarthy launched a sketch comedy series, also called "The Jenny McCarthy Show." She then starred in her own sitcom, called "Jenny," which was canceled after a year.
McCarthy has also showcased her acting skills on shows such as "Baywatch," "Two and a Half Men," "The Drew Carey Show," "Charmed" and "Just Shoot Me" and in films such as "Dirty Love" and "BASEketball."
McCarthy has co-hosted the annual celebration "Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve" twice. At last year's event, she kissed a New York City police officer at midnight.
Weeks before the live ABC special, McCarthy spoke to OnTheRedCarpet.com about her entertainment career plans.
"When I moved out to L.A., I kind of put it out there that I didn't want to pigeonhole myself and I wanted longevity," she said. "And being out in L.A. - if you're going to do one thing, you're going to be pigeonholed, so I made sure I host, act, write."
"I can't sing," she added. "I will bless all of you by never putting out an album."
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