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.