Jenny McCarthy missed out on being “The Bachelorette,” but it wasn’t for lack of trying. On the January 14 episode of “The View,” the 41-year old former MTV star was put on the spot by boss Barbara Walters, according to Us Weekly, when Walters dished this tidbit as she pointed to McCarthy: "In the interest of information, one of us, that one… you tried out to be a Bachelorette and you did not make it!"
A stunned McCarthy responded with: "No one knows that!" Then she went on to explain her status following her divorce from John Asher: "When I got a divorce, I was lonely. I needed to be loved. I was single and I loved TV. Put those together and I thought, 'Brilliant!'"
While McCarthy’s agent did place a call to ABC, the network shot down the idea, saying they weren’t casting celebrities on the reality show at the time.
The blonde TV host isn’t the first celeb that was rejected for a made-for-TV romance.
In 2012, “Dancing With the Stars” pro dancer Cheryl Burke dished to People that she would love star on the show: “My dating record hasn't been great the past couple of years so if I have a chance to go on [The Bachelorette] I will," she told the magazine."I'm getting old, you know, so it's something of interest to me. It would be fun to have a pool of guys around you and getting to know someone. I think if I had people setting me up with different guys I think it would be easier for me to meet someone to date."
Burke later told Us Weekly that she was in talks to star on the show and added, “There hasn’t been a firm offer, but if they offer it to me, I would love to do it.” But the deal never happened.
In 2010, rumors swirled that reality TV mom Kate Gosselin would be cast as “The Bachelorette.” According to Entertainment Weekly, in an interview on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, “Bachelorette” host Chris Harrison said, “[Kate’s] a lovely woman, as nice as can be. It would be a great show. What guy would have what it takes to just even walk in the door and say, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna give this a shot’?” But when showrunner Mike Fleiss joined the conversation, he said he feared the show would “jump the shark” if they cast mom of eight Kate.
Still, one of these stories has a happy ending. Ten years after McCarthy’s “Bachelorette” rejection, ABC showed her some love by hiring her as a co-host for “The View.”