Jenny McCarthy, 40, has been at the center of Times Square for 2 years now to celebrate New Year’s Eve and has recently signed on for 5 more.
On co-hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, McCarthy says:
“I’m excited. I have more fun doing live TV than anything, I think because it’s hard to censor. And I like that! So it’s a little more off the cuff, and you never know what’s going to happen.”
She says during the show, which used to be just two and half hours and is now five hours, we can be guaranteed to see many wild and unexpected things:
“I’ve got the drunk guy with no shirt on next to a 10-year-old from Nebraska. It’s a great test of skills and fun for me. It’s really forcing me to be sober for these New Year’s to come. Really the only day I might be sober in the whole year … kidding!”
This will mark the first year without Clark himself, who died in April at age 82. She says she will miss Clark, who “paved the way” for her and Seacrest. But she added that Ryan is a singular talent as well.
“I’ve worked with so many jerks in the business, and egos … but Ryan is the most professional, nicest, team player, non-ego hard worker I’ve ever met. He just makes a ton more money than I do. And he doesn’t have a baby!”
Looking forward to the show and countdown!