Jenny McCarthy's Deep Bow: Barbara Walters Is The 'Holy Grail'

Sitting in a doctor’s office today, I found the October 14-20 issue of TV Guide with an interview with Jenny McCarthy, now a co-host on ABC’s “The View.”

McCarthy can’t possibly be grateful enough to that ABC legend Barbara Walters. She’s positively sacred: “She’s the Holy Grail, and that’s how I treat her.”

TV GUIDE: Speaking of high stakes: When you were auditioning for The View, did you have to do a Godfather-style sit-down with Barbara?

McCARTHY: It wasn't a sit-down - with Barbara, it's more, "Show me what you can do." There was no doubt, during the test shows I did, that I felt her eyes on me. She's the Holy Grail, and that's how I treat her. Behind the scenes, I will lay down my coat so she can walk over it.

TV GUIDE: You've become a dual replacement for Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Do you think the show was due for some fresh blood?

McCARTHY: I do. It was time to change it up a bit. We haven't really gotten into politics so much this season. I think viewers were possibly a little bit turned off by how polarizing it got. Our approach has been lighter and more fun - we're not staying on a point too long just to prove our righteousness.

Naturally, Jenny feels Barbara doesn’t need to prove her righteousness. She’s the Holy Grail. Indiana Jones would be thrilled to find her.
 

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis