Jenny McCarthy’s Mommy Worries

Jenny McCarthy, 39, is returning to the small screen in NBC’s high-octane dating competition Love in the Wild, helping hopeful singletons find love. Jenny opens up to Parade about her new show and the craziest thing she’s done for love, her nearly 10-year-old son Evan, and her ongoing support of autism awareness.

On her dating advice for Evan: “I can already tell his mannerisms and behaviors with his pretend girlfriends. He’ll be ahead of the guys because he’s very honest with his emotions and shows affection. So he’s got that covered. But he doesn’t like it when anyone is sad and disappointed and I’m afraid a girl might play that card.”

On how she would fare as a contestant on her new show: “I would do really well because I’m athletic and I like to win a competition. The problem, and what you will see on the show, is that the girls who were very competitive and athletic made that a priority instead of a connection. The girls that were competitive sometimes ruined the chances that they got and I would probably do the same thing. My wanting to win the competition adventures would completely implode me finding love.”

On the craziest thing she’s done for love: “Craziest thing I’ve done for love is getting married. I think it’s crazy. I think it’s crazy, crazy, crazy. I’m never going to say I wouldn’t do it again but I have to make sure it’s love and not settling for the ‘I have to do this by a certain age,’ which is kind of what I did.”

On her advocacy during April Autism Month: “I go to Chicago on Friday to do two nights of charity fundraising and then I go back in May for the biggest autism conference I am hosting and keynoting. We’re full steam ahead and our charity is growing. We’re in 38 countries around the world. It’s my little baby. The biggest hurdle is the CDC not recognizing it as an epidemic. There is no such thing as a genetic epidemic. I know there is an environmental trigger that they won’t agree with right now but time will tell. I am just ready for them to call it an epidemic so people can take it seriously.”

Continue reading the interview with Jenny at Parade

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