Jenny McCarthy has spent the last decade co-hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. But this year, she decided to celebrate the holiday at home with her family because her son Evan asked her to take a break.
The Masked Singer panelist spent New Year’s Eve at home with Evan, 17, and her husband Donnie Wahlberg, instead of in Times Square in New York where she had hosted ABC New Year’s Eve special with Seacrest since 2010.
Both McCarthy and Wahlberg posted pics from their New Year’s Eve celebration on Instagram, but Evan was not featured in the photos.
The 47-year-old revealed that she would not be returning as co-host this year back in October during an interview with Seacrest on his morning talk show with Kelly Ripa, Live with Kelly and Ryan.
“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?’” explained McCarthy. “We’re so busy that I said, ‘You know what, we’re going to tap out. He’s going to be 18, he’s going to want nothing to do with me.”
McCarthy went on to say that she had “the most wonderful time” hosting the special every year, and she described working with Seacrest as “a dream,” which isn’t something she can say about a lot of people in the entertainment business.
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The former Singled Out host also thanked Seacrest for the opportunity, and told him he was wonderful to work with. However, this year she was excited to watch him from her sofa.
Back in 2017, McCarthy revealed ahead of the ball drop that everyone who waits for hours in Time Square wears diapers. She said that she asked tons of people to prove it, and they did. Seacrest said that he always thought the people were lying, but now he realizes they aren’t. He joked that now he can finally put his to use.
New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is a long-running tradition that started at CBS in the early 1970s before moving to ABC. Dick Clark hosted the special nearly every year until he suffered a stroke in 2004. He then turned over the hosting duties to Ryan Seacrest, but continued making special appearances until his death in 2012.