Jenny McCarthy Said She Took One for the Team by Getting ‘The View’ Job Instead of Brooke Shields

It’s not a secret that drama has brewed between co-hosts on The View for years. Some of the former co-hosts have opened up about the job being rough for them.

One of them is Jenny McCarthy who was on the show for a short period of time. She got the job instead of Brooke Shields. Find out why she said she took one for the team and more.

Jenny McCarthy left ‘The View’ and said she couldn’t be herself

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McCarthy was a co-host on the show for a year after starting in 2013. She then left and later opened up about the reason why with Howard Stern.

“I’ll tell you something Howard, it’s like halfway into it, it was probably around February, I went, ‘God I’m not allowed to be the best of me here,'” she said according to ABC News.

She continued, “I feel like to have a voice, to be able to speak without having to interrupt people … It’s very difficult, and I don’t like doing it, it’s very uncomfortable, so I felt like, ‘You know what? Maybe this is just a stepping stone for me to go somewhere where I can actually be my full self.'”

McCarthy admitted that she might have played it too safe on the show. However, she later revealed why she was uncomfortable talking to the other co-hosts.

She said she couldn’t discuss pop culture

The former co-host opened up about her time on the talk show. She said she was chosen because she was funny and would be able to talk about pop culture. However, the job apparently changed.

McCarthy claimed Barbara Walters would forget who the celebrities were tied to their topics so she couldn’t talk about “pop culture anymore because [Walters] doesn’t know who the people are” according to Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.

The conversation would then pivot to politics. “I panicked because I don’t consider myself a political person,” said McCarthy. “Now I had to figure out, ‘Am I coming out as a Republican or a Democrat? Where do I stand on all the social issues and political issues?’”

McCarthy said she took one for the team

Brooke Shields admitted that she tried to get a seat on The View, but didn’t get it. “I went through a week of being on the show and, you know, I did all my homework, I take everything very seriously,” she said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “And then they called me one day … I get a call from the producer and he says, ‘Well, we’ve decided to go with Jenny McCarthy.”

If you ask McCarthy she wouldn’t say that she was the lucky one to get the co-host job instead of Shields. She once again talked about the job being hard on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

“I’m friends with her, I love her and I think she knows deep inside that I took one for the team, because let’s just face it: That was hell. Hell. So you’re welcome, Brooke,” she said according to Page Six.