When Jenny McCarthy left her gig as host of MTV's Singled Out in 1997, loyal fans of the hit dating show were at a loss (until they laid their eyes on Carmen Electra, of course). Fast-forward 15 years, and McCarthy is back on the dating game circuit — this time as host of NBC's Love in the Wild (Tuesdays, 10/9c).
The 39-year-old blonde bombshell is never one to hold back, so we asked her to get candid with us about the show — and she certainly did. Below, McCarthy tells us why she would never be a contestant, names her favorite "naughty" contestant and explains why the good girls will last longer than the girls who give it up too quickly.
Once you got to know the contestants, did you have a favorite?
Jenny McCarthy: Without a doubt, I would say Ben. Not only was he easy on the eyes... initially I thought he was a brat, but what it turned out to be was that he was just his authentic self all the time. He is funny, dashing... he is just a doll.
And which of the ladies did you like best?
McCarthy: My favorite naughty girl was Tara. I enjoyed watching her the most because she was easily disgusted with the guys. And she didn't have a problem saying it.
Strategy-wise, do you think the couples that are romantically interested in each other will do better than those that just compete as friends?
McCarthy: After watching the show, I was amazed to see that the couples that got intimate too quickly broke up rather fast. So the girls that were the good girls tend to stay in the game longer.
McCarthy: What I wanted to add to the show this season was some fun. A lot of the time, the hosts take everything very seriously. I wanted to throw that away and bring a lot of Singled Out Jenny to the game.