(ABC News) – Jenny McCarthy confirmed Monday that she’s leaving “The View” for a new opportunity.
However, when asked in late May where she saw herself in 20 years, she responded that she thought she’d still be on the show.
“I love the show. I’m doing so much work to improve myself—signing up for critical thinking courses and doing all my media training,” she told New You magazine executive editor Ruchel Louis Coetzee. “I want to be at the top of my game, and when I’m 60 I want to still have a face that moves. I want to have beautiful, healthy grandkids and still have Donnie [Wahlberg] be the hunky love of my life.”
McCarthy, 41, announced that her new job will “[allow] me to do what I do best, which is talk without having to interrupt anyone.” No stranger to reinvention, she told New You that throughout her career, every move has always been “authentic.”
“When I first moved out to L.A. and I was a Playmate, I’d be asked, ‘What do you want to do?’ I’d reply, ‘Comedy.’ They’d say, ‘Honey, that’s funny. A Playmate in a comedy? That’s never going to happen.’ But then I was on ‘Singled Out,’” she said. “Later, I said I wanted to write a book and they said, ‘That’s hilarious. No one would pick up your book.’ Now, I have 10 books. I almost enjoy the challenge. You tell me I can’t do it? Guess what—I’m the rule-breaker.”
One constant in her life, however, has been her fiancé, “Blue Bloods” actor Wahlberg. He’s also been a source of support, she said, and in turn, she helps him with his goals.
“He’s my mirror,” she said. “Things were always unbalanced in my previous relationships— I’ve either been a teacher or a student. With Donnie, we’re just equal.”