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It looks like Dick Clark’s annual New Year’s Eve party will be rockin’ without Jenny McCarthy this year.

Back in October, news broke that The Masked Singer judge had walked away from her NYE hosting role this year for the first time in a decade. To replace Jenny, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve tapped Lucy Hale to co-host the December 31 Times Square festivities alongside Ryan Seacrest.

So, why did Jenny decide to leave the program? According to what she said on Live with Kelly and Ryan, it sounds like her decision came down to balancing family time with her busy schedule.

And so, she did. But looking back on her time working with Ryan, Jenny went on to call him an absolute “dream” partner-in-crime.

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“We can’t say that about a lot of people in this business,” she concluded while turning to Ryan. “So I thank you. And I’m going to be so excited watching you from my sofa.”

In the year ahead, Jenny will have her hands full with season 3 of The Masked Singer, which airs on Fox February 2 right after the Super Bowl. But before she has to get back to filming, Jenny will get to enjoy a NYE smooch with her husband of five years, Donnie Wahlberg, who is ecstatic to spend the holiday at home this year.

“It’s amazing,” Donnie told Closer Weekly in early December. “To be able to spend some time together this Christmas and not have to think, ‘We have to leave tomorrow for Times Square for New Year’s Eve.’”

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He then joked, “You know, it’s going to be the first New Year’s since we’ve been together that we don’t have to stop kissing at midnight … We won’t have Ryan Seacrest in our ear saying, ‘Donnie, Jenny, what do you have to say?’ We’ll kiss this year, we may or may not broadcast it live.”

Well alrighty then!

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Ryan Seacrest and friends ready for ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

TIMES SQUARE, New York City — It’s New Year’s Eve, and that means one thing — Ryan Seacrest ringing in 2020 in spectacular fashion.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” is named for the late host who made the show a must-watch institution, and he personally chose Seacrest to take over the broadcast.

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Lucy Yang has the details on closures, and Times Square security

And Dick Clark offered him one piece of advice.
“Just before midnight, shut up, be quiet, let the sounds and pictures tell the story,” Seacrest recalled.
It was pouring rain last year, and it was freezing cold the year before. So Seacrest is looking for forward to better weather this time.

“We don’t know what to do because we won’t be being poured on,” he said. “We won’t be having warmers on our cheekbones, so who knows what will happen?”
We caught up with Seacrest and co-host Lucy Hale on the roof of One Times Square, at the base of the massive 24-story pole where the ball drops.

This year marks the first time Hale is hosting from New York City after several years of appearing from New Orleans, and she joked that she is bringing the good weather with her.
There’s nothing quite like the electricity generated by a million people celebrating at the same time in the same place.
“Everybody’s on the same page,” Seacrest said. “There’s unity in one place, from people from all walks of life, which is pretty special.”
Like many of us, Seacrest and Hale grew up watching this particular show.
“I could never quite make it to midnight,” Hale said. “But never, ever, in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here. Is this real life? I don’t know.”
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This marks Seacrest’s 15th year on the broadcast, and he plans a retrospective.
“A look back at the last decade, since we are going into a new decade, of all of the different artists, from Taylor Swift to Jennifer Lopez,” he said. “All of the wonderful memories.”
And that includes the time he got stuck in an elevator going up to where to the 6-ton ball drops.
The Broadway cast of “Jagged Little Pill” will kick off the festivities. The show features the music of Alanis Morissette, who will join the performance from her show live.
Post Malone will also be making his Times Square debut, as will country star Sam Hunt and boy band BTS.
The musical acts have provided the most nerve wracking moments through the years, prompting me to ask Seacrest about what we don’t we see on television.
“Things happen, or not, up until the last second,” he said. “There are many times when we are five seconds away from tossing to the artist and they’re not on their mark, and just at the last second they step on to the X and we go.”
Shortly after the countdown to midnight, singer Jessie James Decker will make a lucky Powerball winner very happy, as part of the “First Millionaire of 2020” contest.
“I get to be a very nice messenger and tell someone they have won a million dollars,” she said.
It’ two rookies and a veteran, but nobody seems nervous. Hale set a high bar for success.
“If I don’t fall, if I can read the prompter correctly and have the time of my life, I’ll be happy,” she said. “I can hopefully accomplish two of those three.”

The following information refers to New Year’s Eve 2020 and is provided for reference. Updated information for New Year’s Eve 2021 will be provided later in 2020.



For 114 years, Times Square has been the center of worldwide attention on New Year’s Eve, ever since the owners of One Times Square began in 1904 to conduct rooftop celebrations to greet the New Year. The first Ball Lowering celebration occurred in 1907, and this tradition is now a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year.


6:00 p.m. to 6:03 p.m.
Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball
The celebration begins with the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square. We flip the giant switch which lights the New Year’s Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

6:04 p.m. to 6:06 p.m.
Good Riddance Day Highlights
The host of Times Square New Year’s Eve, Jonathan Bennett will share highlights from Good Riddance Day with the Times Square revelers from the Countdown Stage.

6:07 p.m. to 6:18 p.m.
SAFA Chinese Cultural Performance
The Sino-American Friendship Association (“SAFA”) presents a spectacular Chinese cultural dance performance from Dunhuang, China to begin the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. The performance is on the Countdown Stage at Duffy Island between 46th and 47th Streets. The Chinese cultural performance will conclude with red and gold pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

6:25 p.m.
Times Square 2020 Hats, Balloons, Scarves and Gloves
The Times Square Alliance sanitation crew clad in bright red uniforms begins to distribute tens of thousands of fun handouts to the Times Square revelers for cheering in the New Year. Planet Fitness is providing festive purple and yellow New Year’s Eve hats along with purple & yellow balloons tied with gold mylar ribbons. The Sino-American Friendship Association is providing beautiful red scarves.

6:46 p.m. to 6:52 p.m.
FOX New Year’s Eve Performance by the Village People
The Village People perform their hit song YMCA on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

6:57 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Steve Harvey
As we approach the New Year, Steve Harvey will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 7 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. He will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.

7:01 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.
Planet Fitness “Judgement Free” with Lucy Hale
Lucy Hale will lead the revelers in a fun “Judgement Free” moment.

7:39 p.m. to 7:49 p.m.
FOX New Year’s Eve Performance by LL Cool J
LL Cool J performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

7:57 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Special Guests
As we approach the New Year, the Special Guests will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 8 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. They will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share their wish for the New Year.

8:01 p.m. to 8:06 p.m.
The USO Show Troupe Performance
The USO Show Troupe performs a Military Salute to honor our Armed Forces on the Countdown Stage.

8:07 p.m. to 8:11 p.m.
Planet Fitness Performance by The Marching Cobras Sapphire Danceline and Flag Unit
The Sapphire Marching Cobras Danceline and Flag Unit performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

8:16 p.m. to 8:23 p.m.
NBC New Year’s Eve Performance by Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

8:33 p.m. to 8:41 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Alanis Morissette
Broadway Musical “Jagged Little Pill” with Alanis Morissette perform on the Countdown Stage.

8:46 p.m. to 8:58 p.m.
Musical Performance by X Ambassadors
X Ambassadors perform their hit songs Renegades, Unsteady and BOOM on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

8:58 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Jonathan Bennett
As we approach the New Year, Jonathan Bennett will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 9 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. He will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wishes for the New Year.

9:38 p.m. to 9:44 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt performs medley of his hit songs on the Countdown Stage.

9:50 p.m. to 9:53 p.m.
Waterford Crystal Toast

9:54 p.m. to 9:57 p.m.
The Associated Press Presents 2019 Year-In-Review Video Highlights
The Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news gathering organization, presents a news reel highlighting some of the most memorable events of 2019.

9:57 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Planet Fitness
As we approach the New Year, Planet Fitness spokesperson will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 10 o’clock hour accompanied by purple and yellow confetti release and colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Spokesperson will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.

10:01 p.m. to 10:14 p.m.
Univision’s ¡Feliz 2020!: Performance by CNCO & Yenis Bencosme
CNCO & Yennis Bencosme perform on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

10:14 p.m. to 10:17 p.m.
Barefoot Bubbly Unveils Large 6’ Bottle

10:25 p.m. to 10:32 p.m.
Univision New Year’s Eve Performance by Joss Favela featuring Mariachi Sol de Mexico
Joss Favela performs with Mariachi Sol de Mexico on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

10:38 p.m. to 10:46 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by BTS
BTS performs medley of their hit songs on the Countdown Stage.

10:57 p.m. to 11:01 p.m.
Hourly Countdown with Raúl de Molina
As we approach the New Year, Raúl de Molina will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 11 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. He will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.

11:01 p.m. to 11:08 p.m.
Univision’s ¡Feliz 2020!: Performance by Pedro Capo
Pedro Capo performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

11:22 p.m. to 11:29 p.m.
FOX New Year’s Eve Performance by Lauren Alaina
Lauren Alaina performs on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

11:38 p.m. to 11:46 p.m.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Post Malone
Post Malone performs medley of his hit songs on the Countdown Stage.

11:55 p.m. to 11:58 p.m.
Special Musical Performance by X Ambassadors
X Ambassadors performs John Lennon’s Imagine on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

11:59 p.m.
The Sixty-Second Countdown
The Mayor of New York City joined by Times Square 2020 Special Guest push the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball, and lead the final sixty-second countdown to the New Year on the Countdown Stage.

The Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball
The lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds. The Ball is a geodesic sphere, twelve feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds. The Ball is covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 LEDs.

12:00 a.m. — New Year’s Day
2020 Sign
At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2020” burst to life shining high above Times Square.

Times Square Confetti Release and Pyrotechnic Effects
The world-famous New Year’s Eve confetti is released from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square creating a celebratory blizzard of colorful confetti as revelers welcome the New Year accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects. The three thousand pounds of confetti includes tens of thousands of wishes from revelers around the world hoping for peace, love, good health and a better future in the new year.

12:15 a.m. — End of Show

Jenny McCarthy: How She Transitioned From Playboy To Media Magnate

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I spoke to Jenny McCarthy, executive producer of the scripted comedy Return of The Mac and former co-host of the ABC talk show The View, about her participation in the 15th annual BTIG’s Commissions for Charity Day, how she’s made transitions throughout her career, her passions, future projects and best career advice. The Commissions for Charity Day takes place today across BTIG’s 14 global locations, including nine offices throughout the U.S. and five affiliate offices in Europe, Asia and Australia. Since the event’s inception in 2003, BTIG has donated more than $40 million to hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including more than $5 million from the May 2016 event.

McCarthy began her career in 1993 as a nude model for Playboy magazine and was later named their Playmate of the Year. McCarthy then parlayed her Playboy fame into a television and film acting career. She is a former co-host of the ABC talk show The View and the enormously popular MTV dating show Singled Out. She has starred in many films, including Dirty Love, the Sundance 2005 film that she also wrote.

She is the author of nine books, including Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood and Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide. Additionally, she hosts The Jenny McCarthy Show weekday mornings on SiriusXM.

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Dan Schawbel: Why did you decide to participate in the BTIG charity event this year?

Jenny McCarthy: I’ve always been a talker, so working the trading floor comes naturally to me! When BTIG approached me to participate and offered to support my autism organization, Generation Rescue, I couldn’t refuse. Any chance I get to give back to causes near and dear to my heart and use my gift of gab, I’m all in. Now, let’s raise some money!

Schawbel: You’ve evolved your career overtime from a Playboy model to a talk show host and author. How were you able to make those transitions and what were some of your struggles along the way?

McCarthy: If everything happens for a reason then my career is an example of that. Each job I had was tailor-made for what was going on in my life. I needed to get out of Chicago to pursue a life-long dream in Hollywood and Playboy was there to help a Southside Chicago girl get to La La land.

From there I transitioned into MTV. That was the hardest leap I had to make. Not just because I only had Playboy Playmate on my resume but because MTV refused to allow Playmates audition back in the early 90s. I crashed the audition and got my first job on TV, which then catapulted me into a hurricane of overnight success.

After many guest star appearances and pilots that went no where I started writing. During this time, I became a mother, so not only was it a wonderful transition but the best stay-at-home job a mom could have.

I wrote nine books, proudly most of them New York Times best-sellers. This is when my philosophy of “if everything happens for the best reason” can easily be proven. My son was diagnosed with autism at age three and I was successfully into my 3rd book. Autism is a full-time job. Most kids require 40 hours of ABA therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Even if I was the biggest movie star in the world, I would have to quit during the early years. Early intervention is everything so I knew exactly where I was supposed to be with my son. And the universe/God allowed me to be home and work on him while writing the next six books that followed.

Today, I host The Jenny McCarthy Show weekday mornings on SiriusXM, once again proving that my job provides me with exactly what I need: time with my son, and enough to bring home some bacon.

Schawbel: Two of your big passions are parenting and the environment. Why are these two topics so important to you and can you share some of your thoughts around them?

McCarthy: My son is my everything. And when I saw how much our environment impacted him, it changed my life. I vowed to do everything in my power to help other parents in my situation and create a conversation about the health of our kids. They’re our future and we have to protect them. Now my mission is paying it forward; sharing what I’ve learned with other moms. Whether you’re an autism mom like me, or a new mom expecting your firstborn, you have options. Read, research, and trust your gut.

Schawbel: What are some of your future projects and what kind of legacy would you like to leave behind to your child?

McCarthy: I am currently executive producer of the scripted comedy Return of The Mac (Wednesday’s on Pop TV), which stars Joey McIntyre. I’m also working hard at writing my next book, which is to be release in 2018! And I am launching a new lemonade vodka cocktail line this summer that I created myself that tastes good and eliminates all the added sugar!

I would say the legacy I would like to leave behind, especially for my son, is one of strength and hard work.

Strength in having enough guts to stand up and speak your truth even if you get vilified for it. And hard work, so you can experience the joy in your own accomplishments. There is nothing better than looking back and saying “Wow, I did that?!” Indeed I did.

Schawbel: What are your top three pieces of career advice?


1. Work hard. A strong work ethic will help you make your dream come true. Once you reach it, you’ll be able to appreciate it that much more. I was just a Chicago girl with a dream and a really strong hustle.

2. Trust your gut. That’s one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned and it applies to all aspects of my life. You know what you want, even when you don’t want to admit it. Your gut knows. Trust that instinct and believe in yourself all the way.

3. Give back. Whether it’s sharing the lessons you’ve learned or supporting the charity you love, it’s one of the most important things we can do. It fosters a sense of community and keeps you humble.

Jenny McCarthy Spends New Year’s Eve with Family After Leaving Rockin’ Eve Broadcast

Jenny McCarthy rung in the new year away from the television cameras for the first time in a decade.

The SiriusXM host and Masked Singer judge spent her holiday at home with husband Donnie Wahlberg and teenage son Evan instead of in New York City’s Times Square — where McCarthy has appeared as a co-host of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve since 2010.

Back in October, McCarthy, 47, broke the news that she would not be retuning to the ABC program during a visit to Live with Kelly and Ryan.

She said the decision to bow out of the New Year’s Eve show was influenced by her son, Evan.

“We’re shooting Masked Singer 3 in December and January, and my son — who is now 17, — said, ‘Can we please stay home this year?’ ” McCarthy recounted to Live hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

“We’re so busy that I said, ‘You know what, we’re going to tap out,’ ” McCarthy said. “He’s going to be 18 , he’s going to want nothing to do with me.”

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Evan was not seen in McCarthy’s New Year’s Instagram photo, but Wahlberg was.

“Happy New Year everyone!!” McCarthy captioned a photo of she and Wahlberg together. “I hope your 2020 is amazing!!”

Wahlberg, 50, also shared a similar picture of himself and his wife.

“Sending love and light to all our friends and familia on this warm and toasty #NewYearsEve! ❤️,” Wahlberg said in his own post. “#happynewyear #2020 #BHLove #loveeternal #family.”

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New Year’s Rockin’ Eve began with creator Dick Clark, who was the main host until he suffered a stroke in 2004. It was then hosted by Regis Philbin, who stepped in for one year before Seacrest took over hosting duties from 2006 on.

“I got to say, it was the most wonderful time,” McCarthy recalled on Live of her time on the show. “Working with Ryan, it’s a dream. And we can’t say that about a lot of people in this business. He’s a dream. So I thank you. And I’m going to be so excited watching you from my sofa.”

“You have been the most wonderful to work with. Thank you,” Seacrest told her.

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Ahead of the live ball drop in 2017, Seacrest and McCarthy spoke to PEOPLE about what it’s like to ring in the new year in the middle of Times Square every year.

“That’s the best part of the gig, is to bring everyone together for a great moment,” Seacrest told PEOPLE at the time. “Unity has been something we’ve been talking about. There’s an incredible abundance of unity at midnight in Times Square and our hope is for that to carry beyond 12:01 and into the New Year.”

“I know this might be weird but it’s a weird buzz, everyone wears diapers,” McCarthy said to an incredulous Seacrest of the people lining the street for hours. “There were 72 people and I go, ‘Show me,’ and they showed me. The front row, most of them are in diapers!”

“I always think they’re kidding,” Seacrest said, joking, “Great, I can finally put mine to use!”

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‘The Masked Singer’: Why Fans Can’t Stand Jenny McCarthy

In the two seasons that it has been on the air, The Masked Singer has become one of the most popular singing competition shows in the country. It’s a unique premise and funny celebrity panelist is what makes this show so engaging and entertaining.

On the show, several mystery celebrity contestants dress up in different costumes and sing their hearts ours to the millions of viewers.

What makes this show so fun is the fact that there is a celebrity panel of judges who trying just as hard as we are to figure out who these mystery singers are. The judges include Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, and Jenny McCarthy.

The fans seem to really love the judges and like what each one of them has to say. Well, actually, they seem to love all of the judges except for one. For some reason, fans just can’t stand Jenny McCarthy.

McCarthy has long been known for her loud-mouth and blunt opinions. Could that be the reason why The Masked Singer fans don’t like McCarthy very much? Here is what we know about why fans can’t stand one of the celebrity judges.

Some fans think that Jenny McCarthy makes too many foolish comments

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Out of all of the judges, McCarthy seems to be one of the loudest. Ordinarily, having a loud and animated judge would be fine, however, many fans feel that some of the things she says make her sound ignorant and foolish.

On a recent Reddit discussion, one fan had said McCarthy “is annoying. And playing a dumb blonde shouldn’t be a thing.”

Another user commented by suggesting that McCarthy wasn’t “playing’ dumb.

One other user had agreed that McCarthy can be quite annoying and also added that, at times, she doesn’t seem to be able to think for herself. “She also has a bad habit of saying stuff like, ‘I know, right! Me too! That’s what I thought, too!’ It’s like she doesn’t have an original thought in her body.”

One commenter questioned McCarthy’s intelligence and wrote: “Every time she speaks, you can literally hear the collective IQ of the audience plummeting.”

Fans don’t like the fact that her guesses are always wrong

So far, there has yet to be a coach that has gotten every guess correct. However, when McCarthy is trying to guess which mystery celebrity is behind the mask, she has a tendency of interrupting and talking over the other judges.

Not only do fans find that to be rude, but being that her guesses are usually wrong, they find her interruptions to be unnecessary as well.

“She talks over people,” one Reddit user said. And anytime someone guesses she interrupts with ‘No way!’ and tells them that they are wrong without letting them finish.

Another thing that seems to annoy people is the fact that McCarthy seems to always guess that the masked singer is a professional singer. Some of the mystery contestants are, in fact, professional singers.

But the fact that McCarthy assumes that every single contestant is a professional seems to really bother people.

Some fans didn’t like Jenny McCarthy before she became a judge

Some fans have admitted to disliking McCarthy and it has nothing to do with her being a judge on the show.

For the last decade or so, McCarthy has not been afraid to voice her controversial opinion about childhood vaccines. McCarthy believes that her son, Evan, developed autism after he received the MMR vaccine when he was a child.

Because she believes that vaccines are the cause of autism, she has been on an anti-vax crusade for the last few years.

According to the CDC, studies have proven that there is no connection between vaccines and autism. Many fans believe that McCarthy’s refusal to believe scientific studies could potentially cause a lot of harm to children and anyone else who refuses to get vaccinated.

Fans don’t like McCarthy for a variety of reasons. However, with a third season of The Masked Singer set to air on Fox on February 3, 2020, it looks like fans may have to deal with seeing the former Playboy model for a while.

  • Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg and his wife Jenny McCarthy spoke about being stepparents to each others’ kids.
  • Donnie has two sons and Jenny has one son, both from previous marriages.

While Donnie Wahlberg wears several hats—he’s both an actor on Blue Bloods and the frontman for New Kids on the Block, to name a couple—it seems like one of his favorite jobs is being a family man.

Donnie and wife Jenny McCarthy recently opened up about being stepparents, and Donnie couldn’t stop gushing about how Jenny gets along with his sons Xavier, 26, and Elijah, 18, who he shares with ex-wife Kimberly Fey.

“Besides being the best wife that I could have ever imagined having, she’s also the best stepmom and mother,” Donnie told Us Weekly. “She’s a great partner and to simplify it, having someone to build traditions with my children and it being Jenny is probably the thing I’m most grateful for.”

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Not sure how much I like them — but my wife is def feeling the turkey hats this year. 😂😂😂#Thankful to all of those who have come into our lives and made the world a little bit brighter! Happy #Thanksgiving to you & yours from me & mine. #LOVE is the way! 🙏🏼❤️💞💯

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The Masked Singer judge also praised Donnie for his close-knit relationship with her and ex-husband John Asher’s son, Evan.

“I’m most thankful for his unconditional love,” she said. “Not only for me though, to my son. This Romeo came along and not only swooped me off my feet, but my son and our combined families love each other.”

Together, the two talked about the benefits that come from having a blended family, especially the unique relationships that Donnie and Jenny have with each other’s children.

“We connect with our kids in ways that we haven’t connected with our own,” he said.

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To my one and only…@donniewahlberg Happy Father’s Day. ❤️ I love You, baby.

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The couple’s family focus isn’t a secret. On Father’s Day this year, Donnie shared a photo with his sons and wrote a heartfelt message about fatherhood. Jenny posted her own tribute, thanking Donnie for being an “amazing father.”

Starting new traditions, especially during the holidays, has been one great way that they’ve brought their families together over the years, Donnie explained.

“Our kids are seeing through both rusty and single parents and the struggles we had early on, now to see us building traditions and building this family together,” Donnie said. “It’s something to truly be grateful.”

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Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy On Why Marriage is Better the Second Time Around

Five years after tying the knot in a stunning, red rose-filled ceremony in Illinois, Donnie Wahlberg whisked Jenny McCarthy away for a surprise vow renewal ceremony to mark their anniversary.

Returning to Turks and Caicos, where they got engaged in April 2014, the couple recommitted to each other with McCarthy donning a plunging, blush gown and Wahlberg dressed in white.

“We were on vacation when I proposed to her with myself and Evan, my step-son, and we’re literally going back to the same spot, so it’s going to be really special,” Wahlberg recently told us while planning the secret getaway. “She doesn’t know the exact plans yet.”

The couple started dating in 2013 and tied the knot at Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois, where all of Wahlberg’s New Kids on the Block bandmates watched on as McCarthy walked down the aisle in a gorgeous, strapless Di Santo gown.

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Reflecting on the five years since, Wahlberg says marriage is so much better the second time around. “I had no idea how much better it would actually be,” he says. “It gets better and better every day! This was a forever thing for us and we’re fully committed to the relationship. We work at it all the time. When I look back at the first and second year, I think of how far we’ve come and we often talk about how we’re growing closer and more connected.”

McCarthy echoed Wahlberg’s sentiments while talking to us in 2017 about her “fairytale” relationship. “There’s no doubt that comes from the experience of having gone through the nightmares before and putting work into it now,” she said. “It’s not like we never have problems, but we know if it’s an opportunity to look inside and say, ‘Does this remind me of something from my past that I need to work on?’ We’re able to love each other and not put expectations on each other to make each other happy and that’s a big one when it comes to relationships.”

One of the biggest lessons that Wahlberg says the pair learned from their previous marriages is putting their relationship above and beyond every other aspect of their lives. McCarthy was previously married to director and actor John Asher (with whom she has 17-year-old son Evan,) while Wahlberg’s ex-wife Kim Fey (mother to his two sons, Xavier, 26, and Elijah, 18) worked in the music business. The lessons of those showbiz marriages have proved valuable when it comes to their current nuptials. McCarthy juggles her Sirius XM radio show with business ventures like her mixers line Blondies and fashion brand Jenny McCarthy Collection, plus her judging gig on The Masked Singer. Meanwhile, Wahlberg recently wrapped the New Kids on the Block’s Mixtape Tour and his family’s reality series, Wahlburgers, and is now back to work on Blue Bloods, while continuing to plan further NKOTB fun, new television projects and help his family run their ever-expending Wahlburgers chain.

“There are a lot more demands schedule-wise, but we’ve built our relationship in such a healthy way that it’s much easier now for us to do all these things because we have such a solid foundation that it’s not problematic everything,” Wahlberg says.

“I think we both learned in our first marriages that we were young and had aspirations and all these different things going on the relationship come first. Now, it comes before everything,” he continues. “Jenny didn’t just say, ‘I’m going to go and do The Masked Singer in L.A.’ We talked through the process and what it was going to be like for the relationship when she’s gone, and I made sure I could be around to stay with the kids before we would commit. And, it’s the same with a New Kids tour, whereas before it was like, ‘Hey I got a movie, I’m going to go do it, bye!’ We’ve learned from the past and the relationship takes precedent over everything and I think in order to make a marriage work that has to be the case.”

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As for what helps them stay connected while dealing with the challenges of juggling their careers, since they are often on opposite sides of the country, Wahlberg says, “We have rules like the five-day rule where we can’t go five days without being together no matter what our work situation is.

He adds, “We sleep together every night even if we’re not together – we’ll just FaceTime sleep! Technology has allowed us to spend nights together and do our pillow talk.”

Renewing their vows every year on their anniversary has also helped them stay true to their promises to each other. Wahlberg previously documented their 2018’s vows renewal on Instagram Live, taking a blindfolded McCarthy to an airport hangar for the ceremony, before the couple jetted off. The previous year, they headed to St. Charles’ Arcada Theater to renew their vows on their third anniversary.

“Donnie had the idea with our first anniversary of renewing our vows and it was such a beautiful experience to reconnect,” McCarthy said shortly after the third anniversary celebration. “People renew their driver’s license every five years! It’s a recommitment to our love and if you live busy lives, to slow down for 15 minutes to renew your vows… there’s nothing more romantic.”

It’s such efforts that have made the pair frequently referred to as “couple goals,” by fans. Wahlberg’s biggest relationship tip is that people ensure they’re more than their partner’s best friend, pointing out there are things he shares with McCarthy that his closest friends will never know.

“ we’re couples goals is because we have goals – to grow individually and collectively,” he says. “And the only way we can grow as a couple is to grow as individuals. If one of us is struggling with insecurity or something, we count on each other to do the work to grow through that, and hold a light for each other to get through things as a team. We do see a lot of ‘#couplegoals’ and it’s because we have the goal of making this marriage last forever and doing whatever it takes to make that happen.”

The two also honoured Saturday’s anniversary on social media, with Wahlberg gushing how blessed he felt to be husband to a “queen.” “It took forty five years for me to find you, or you to find me, or for us to find each other, or for whomever had this grand plan to unite our spirits — as they were always intended to be — but forty five years is a small amount of time to invest in finding something as wonderful as this love,” he wrote.

McCarthy meanwhile promised to “grow young” with Wahlberg (who recently celebrated his 50th birthday) “until the end of eternity. And that includes every lifetime we reincarnate into.”

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During their years together, their strong bond has also evolved into working together more and more. The two previously starred in the reality series, Donnie Loves Jenny, and also co-produced and appeared on NKOTB bandmate Joey McIntyre’s series, Return of the Mac. Wahlberg and his brothers, Mark and Paul, also welcomed self-confessed “Blockhead” McCarthy into their family business by bringing her mixers line, Blondies, onto their Wahlburgers menu.

“It’s hard to be around them because what you see is true – they are deeply, madly in love, ad nauseam,” jokes big brother and Wahlburgers executive chef Paul Wahlberg, about observing the couple. “They’re very cuddly, very close and you never know when Donnie will suddenly be FaceTiming Jenny. He’ll suddenly go, ‘Hey, look it’s Jenny!’ She’s his soulmate and the two of them found each other and it’s just awesome. And she’s so nice all the time, as is Donnie. They’re perfect for each other.”

When it comes to working together, it’s only the beginning for the couple, with Wahlberg revealing that they have several more ideas and joint projects on their minds.

“There’s a bunch of stuff in development,” he says. “Jenny and I are looking to work together more. I think in a perfect world we’ll be sitting together on a set, a lot. That might be behind a desk or on a sofa in a talk show capacity or it could be on a sitcom, but our goal is to work together as much as possible and I think we have a lot to offer so we’re looking forward to seeing where it’s going to go.”

Celebrating New Year’s Eve is a must for many travelers, but some people are seeking a lower price tag to start the new decade.

If you’re more of a budget traveler who cherishes experiences with your friends and family members more than finding the best Michelin restaurants, here are some ways to have an affordable New Year’s Eve.

These are the top five ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve without spending your hard-earned money.

Top 5 Cheap Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

1. Use Your Points

If you travel often and rarely use your points, here is your opportunity to use your hotel, airline and credit card reward miles and points for an end of the year trip to kick off 2020.

Use your miles occasionally because some airlines such as American Airlines (AAL) – Get Report, will only let you keep them for 18 months of inactivity. After that period, they expire so you should either use them or donate them to a non-profit organization, said Ted Rossman, an analyst for Austin, Texas-based CreditCards.com.

“If you donate some of them, you can help a great organization and you can keep your remaining miles active for another 18 months,” he said. “American partners with the Gary Sinise Foundation on the Snowball Express, which brings families of fallen soldiers to Disney World.”

2. Free City Events

If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a new dress or suit or get dressed up, check out free fireworks and other celebrations.

Head to the River Walk in San Antonio, which lights up its cypress trees, do a polar plunge (many cities offer them), or go to a ball drop akin to the one in Times Square.

In Hagerstown, Maryland, the city celebrates by dropping a doughnut replica at 7 p.m. that is 6-foot tall and 300 pounds at the Hagerstown clock tower. In Mount Olive, North Carolina, the Mt. Olive Pickle Company has a three-foot glowing pickle that descends down a flagpole into a pickle tank at the company’s headquarters.

3. Go Camping

If all the noise from fireworks and traffic is stressful, head to woods and go camping for the evening if you live in a warmer climate. If pitching a tent for the night is not your idea of fun, go glamping. You can stay in a semi-permanent teepee or tent and use the communal showers and bathroom.

4. Get Some Exercise

Many groups will get together and go rollerblading or biking earlier in the evening. Some cities such as San Antonio have an evening 5K run. Dress up for your run in a New Year’s costume and get an early spot to see the city’s fireworks before the crowds arrive.

5. Head to a House Party

Don’t eschew the invite to a New Year’s party from your friend, neighbor or co-worker. Your host might live in a house with rooftop access and a good view of fireworks. Bring a bottle of bubbly and a snack to share and see the fireworks from an optimal spot.


In 45 B.C., New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar takes effect.

Soon after becoming Roman dictator, Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar was in dire need of reform. Introduced around the seventh century B.C., the Roman calendar attempted to follow the lunar cycle but frequently fell out of phase with the seasons and had to be corrected. In addition, the pontifices, the Roman body charged with overseeing the calendar, often abused its authority by adding days to extend political terms or interfere with elections.

In designing his new calendar, Caesar enlisted the aid of Sosigenes, an Alexandrian astronomer, who advised him to do away with the lunar cycle entirely and follow the solar year, as did the Egyptians. The year was calculated to be 365 and 1/4 days, and Caesar added 67 days to 46 B.C., making 45 B.C. begin on January 1, rather than in March. He also decreed that every four years a day be added to February, thus theoretically keeping his calendar from falling out of step. Shortly after Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C., Mark Anthony changed the name of the month Quintilis to Julius (July) to honor him. Later, the month of Sextilis was renamed Augustus (August) after his successor.

Celebration of New Year’s Day in January fell out of practice during the Middle Ages, and even those who strictly adhered to the Julian calendar did not observe the New Year exactly on January 1. The reason for the latter was that Caesar and Sosigenes failed to calculate the correct value for the solar year as 365.242199 days, not 365.25 days. Thus, an 11-minute-a-year error added seven days by the year 1000, and 10 days by the mid-15th century.

The Church became aware of this problem, and in the 1570s Pope Gregory XIII commissioned Jesuit astronomer Christopher Clavius to come up with a new calendar. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar was implemented, omitting 10 days for that year and establishing the new rule that only one of every four centennial years should be a leap year. Since then, people around the world have gathered en masse on January 1 to celebrate the precise arrival of the New Year.

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TV and Film: ‘Singled Out’ to ‘The Jenny McCarthy Show’

McCarthy continued to gain fame as the co-host of MTV’s dating-game show Singled Out, alongside Chris Hardwick, from 1995 to 1997. She left the show to begin hosting her own show on the network, a sketch-comedy program called The Jenny McCarthy Show (1997).

McCarthy continued to pose for Playboy—most recently appearing on the cover of the magazine’s July/August 2012 issue—as well as in advertisements for companies like Candie’s. She also appeared in films like Scary Movie 3 and the popular sitcom Two and a Half Men.

In 2012, McCarthy hosted the second season of NBC’s Love in the Wild, a reality show in which real-life couples participate in challenges. She also returned to television as the host of The Jenny McCarthy Show, this time airing on VH1.

Co-Host of ‘The View’

While her self-titled chat show proved to be a disappointment, McCarthy landed a major daytime television gig in July 2013: It was announced that she would be a new host on Barbara Walters’ popular program The View. McCarthy was brought on board to replace the departing Joy Behar (who later returned) for the show’s 17th season.

“We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host,” Walters told USA Today. Walters said that McCarthy “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.”

McCarthy made her debut on The View that September. However, her tenure on the show proved to be short-lived, as McCarthy was let go after only one season. As she later explained to Howard Stern, she felt limited on the show, insisting she was “not allowed to be the best of me here.”

Additional info about her unhappy tenure on the show came with an excerpt from Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’ in March 2019, which produced the revelation that McCarthy disliked working with Walters.

‘Donnie Loves Jenny’ and ‘The Masked Singer’

After her stint on The View, McCarthy returned with the reality TV series Donnie Loves Jenny. The program debuted in January 2015 with her wedding to singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg, and focused on their lives as they juggled the demands of family and show business. During these years, McCarthy also hosted a SiriusXM radio show and enjoyed her longtime gig as a contributor to Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve.

In early 2019, McCarthy began her run as a judge on the singing competition series The Masked Singer. Based on a South Korean series, in which celebrities square off against one another while hiding their identities, the show proved popular with fans and quickly earned renewal for a second season on Fox.

Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy Biography

Successfully proving that a pin-up girl certainly could make good transition to screen feature, Jennifer McCarthy sure has become one of the substantial figures to stand in the forefront of her ilk in Hollywood film industry. Hailed from a middle class Irish Catholic family, Jenny was born the second of four daughters of Dan and Linda McCarthy on November 1, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois where she mostly grew up to then attend Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School before entered Southern Illinois University to study nursing. Upon finding out that the expense for her education there got unbearably increasing by 1992, she thus recklessly sent her picture to Playboy in her attempt to earn a sum of money and surprisingly received a positive response from the magazine to pose for its October 1993 issue. Following this, her profile among the readers kept rising increasingly so that she finally was labeled Playmate of the Year in June 1994 issue.

Unmistakably earned a certain degree of attention due to the title, the initial success in turn brought Jenny to the idea that this could be the right time for her to pursue another profession, and choosing to try developing one in show business, she optimistically packed her things to head for Los Angeles in conclusion. Fortunately, jobs were not very difficult to secure as she quickly earned a one-time appearance in a 1994 episode of CBS crime drama series “Silk Stalking” then a minor role in %cChristopher Walken%’s vehicle of “Things To Do in Denver When You’re Dead” (1995). However, it was her quick-witted, humorous hosting stint in MTV’s hit show “Singled Out” from 1995 to 1997 that really elevated the blue-eyed beauty to vast popularity, establishing her to be a celebrity around the country right away while gave her wider access to move further in screen industry.

Afterwards spending the rest of the ’90s to show up in various productions which included “The Jenny McCarthy Show” (1997), “BASEketball” (1998), plus “Diamonds” (1999), things delightfully went smooth enough for Jenny in the early 2000s as she firmly managed to take parts in well-known projects either big features of “Scream 3” (2000) and “Scary Movie” (2003) or small ones like “The Drew Carey Show” (2002) and “Charmed” (2003). Nevertheless, the road gravely got rocky in 2005 when her picture of that year, “Dirty Love”, received negative reviews from the critics, even scored six nominations at Razzie Awards a year later, including that in the Worst Actress category for her. Much to the striking brunette’s relief, her career seems went unaffected for she still had several potential comedic flicks set to come up on theatres, such as “John Tucker Must Die” (2006), “Wieners” (2007), also “Rollin” (2007).

Apart from being a Hollywood actress, Jenny also has developed another profession as a writer and has published four books between 1997-2006, namely “Jen-X: Jenny McCarthy’s Open Book”, “Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth”, “Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood”, and “Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On.” Taking a look into her private life, Jenny first was known to date her own manager %cRay Manzella% for a brief time in 1998 before eventually married actor/director %cJohn Asher% on September 11, 1999 after proclaimed their engagement in January of the same year. Sadly, the knot did not last long as the two shockingly decided to separate in 2005 though they already had a son named Evan Joseph whom the actress delivered on May 18, 2002. While waiting for the divorce papers to be finalized, she seemingly did not take a long time to flourish a new love for press later caught her kissing %cJim Carrey% in June 2006, leading to heavy speculations that they indeed had become an item.