ABC has officially chosen model-actress-famous person Jenny McCarthy to be the new co-host of "The View," ignoring the vocal protests of those who are angered by her anti-vaccine campaigns. McCarthy will replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck who announced she was leaving the show for Fox News just last week. According to ABC's official statement, she will start work in September.
The rumors that McCarthy — who had hosted at least two of her own shows in the past, in addition to numerous (and brief) sitcom engagements — was on deck to join the show, sparked outrage and an online letter-writing campaign designed to dissuade ABC from hiring her and giving her a platform for her views. Over the past decade she has waged a very public campaign against childhood vaccines, believing that they are responsible for causing autism in children. (Her own 11-year-old son has been diagnosed with autism.)
Despite numerous studies debunking the connection between vaccines and autism, McCarthy has continued her anti-vaccine work, leading many opposing activists to personally blame her, as the most famous spokesperson for the cause, for the rise in preventable illnesses like whooping cough and measles.
Wow! Congratulations to Jenny McCarthy and Measles/Mumps/Rubella for spreading its reach!— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) July 15, 2013
Alex Jones had prior commitments? RT @Bookgirl96: It's official: Jenny McCarthy is the new co-host of The View.— daveweigel (@daveweigel) July 15, 2013
Jenny McCarthy's views on vaccination are only slightly less barbaric and repulsive than a movie she made called Dirty Love.— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) July 15, 2013
The statement from Barbara Walters on the announcement of the news, did not address the controversy surrounding McCarthy, but says she "offers a fresh point of view." McCarthy said, "I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter."