October 25, 2016 | Updated at 11:52 PM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Jenny McCarthy 'The View': Barbara Walters Says Controversy Surrounding Co-host 'Was Unfair'

Barbara Walters has taken the side of her View co-host, Jenny McCarthy, against critics.

By Char Little, EnStars on Nov 04, 2013 10:28 AM EST
facebook tweet this pin it reddit plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy gained 80 pounds with son Evan. (Photo : Instagram)

Barbara Walters recently spoke out in defense of her View co-host Jenny McCarthy, who was criticized for a comment she made about what may have caused her son's autism.

During an interview with Fox News, Walters said, "I think the criticism about her was unfair and it was criticism that had to do with very personal views. I think it was at the root of some of her criticism, it's not a subject that have discussed on The View."

Walters, who is scheduled to retire in the summer of 2014, was referring to McCarthy's stance on the disorder. which initially sparked controversy when it was reported in July that she was joining the morning show as a regular co-host. 

Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg 'Watch What Happens Live' VIDEO: Jenny Reveals Her Opinion of 'The View,' & Couple Talks Meeting On Set

Once on the show, McCarthy received backlash for saying vaccines for children have the potential to harm them and cause autism. She added that MMR shots (immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella) caused her 11-year-old son, Evan, to suffer from autism. The youngster was diagnosed at 5 years old and has since been said to show no signs of the condition.

One of many to speak about against McCarthy, the Center of Disease Control said her claims about immunizations make her "a menace to public health." 

An insider who works production for the show told Radar Online earlier in October, "ABC has begun doing deep research on Jenny's work on the show and the initial findings are that viewers want to tune out the second she opens her mouth!"

"The data has revealed that she is FAR more off-putting than Elisabeth [Hasselback, former View co-host]," the source added. "Right now they're just trying to adjust Jenny's performance on the show so that she comes off as more appealing, but that's an uphill battle."

A representative for ABC said the show has no plans to fire McCarthy and said, "There is absolutely no truth to this story." 

© 2016 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Latest News

A Comic Con attendee poses as Negan from The Walking Dead during the 2016 New York Comic Con - Day 3 on October 8, 2016 in New York City.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Updates

After the spectacular first episode of the Walking Dead Season 7,the 2nd episode will be aired on the 30th of October.

ABC's 'Secrets and Lies' - Season Two

[WATCH] Secrets and Lies Season 2 Episode 5; Eric more suspicious, discovered Danny's identity; Detective Cornell reveals Kate's more secrets to her husband

ABC's American mystery Anthology television series Secrets and Lies tells of Detective Cornell and her intriguing cases, that even the victims are not spared of hiding their own secrets. On its 2nd Season, Kate Warner's death has involved even her husband to be one of the case's "Persons of Interest", but Kate's secrets and lies have turned the table to a more complex story.


Space Jam holds November 2-day screening; List of participating theaters on Fathom Event official website

Cartoon lovers will surely have something to look forward to November, as Space Jam and Pokemon: The First Movie will relaunch on selected theaters for a special screening just for fans and Kids-at-heart. Relive the jump shots and free throws of Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, and Daffy Duck as the team competes with similar cartoon characters but turned-aliens.

South Korean singer and actress Bae Suzy attends the unveiling ceremony for her wax figure on September 13, 2016 in Hong Kong, China.

Lee Min Ho, Suzy Bae ready to marry! Will JYP allow it to happen?

Amid numerous breakup rumors, South Korian Lee Min Ho is finally considering marrying Suzy Bae. The two actors are expected to tie knot in early 2017. However, Suzy’s agency, JYP Entertainment is yet to give its approval for this alliance.

Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter opens up about depression, alcoholism; says DWTS stint aftermath makes him more depressed

Aaron Carter makes a comeback on TV. This time, he opened up about his career struggles that have been brought after he got emotionally affected by the divorce of his parents.

Real Time Analytics