Will Jenny McCarthy's Autism Stance Cause Problems For The View?
Not everyone seems to be thrilled ABC hired Jenny McCarthy as the newest co-host of The View. Many the medical community see to be wondering if the Mouse House’s daytime talk show will give McCarthy a platform to continue encouraging parents not to vaccinate their children.
Over the years, McCarthy has become a lightning rod for controversy, after claiming vaccinations were the reason her son Evan developed autism. The actress has made several appearances on television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and wrote a best-selling book, Healing and Prevention Autism: A Complete Guide, discussing her views on vaccinations.
According to USA Today, Amy Pisani, the executive director of Every Child by Two, an international vaccination group co-founded by former first lady Rosalynn Carter, stated:
Jenny McCarthy's unfounded claims about the dangers of vaccines has been one of the greatest impediments to efforts to vaccinate children in recent decades.
The group wrote into The View expressing their concerns and called on the show to rescind their offer to McCarthy.
So far the show hasn’t addressed the criticism McCarthy has received. Veteran television journalist and producer of The View Barbara Walters said in a released statement:
We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host on The View starting in September, Walters said in a statement. Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View.