Jenny McCarthy has come a long way since her days as the pretty blond sidekick on MTV's Singled Out. The busty blond is known for her role as a parent advocate for Autism prevention and treatment and for occasionally penning a chuckle-inspiring book.
She explored pregnancy and parenting in her first few forays into the literary world, but things took a serious turn when her son Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005. She went on to write several books exploring her struggle for answers, the options available to parents facing the same situation and preventitive steps parents can take to reduce the risk of their child developing autism.
Jenny is bringing funny back (thank God) with her latest book, 'Love, Lust and Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies and True Romance.' No subject is off limits as she weighs in on everything from boob jobs and dating to oral sex and threesomes. Like an intrepid anthropologist of love, she seeks out the experts, talking with a matchmaker (Bravo’s Patti Stanger), a therapist (her own), spurned lovers (female and male), and working girls at Nevada’s infamous Chicken Ranch in pursuit of the elusive secrets of the perfect relationship. Her goal -- to find enduring love.
As for why things ended with former flame Jim Carrey, The Truman Show star (whom she calls "wonderful,") it's, well, complicated.
"People were really disappointed - it was Luke and Laura breaking up," she says from her mother's home in Chicago. "But we left in peace. I couldn't have asked for a more graceful ending. The key is to get out before it gets ugly. We tend to stay past the expiration date."
Seems the sometime actress will be swearing off stars for a while.
"After getting out of a, you know, celebrity relationship, I was like, give me a noncelebrity," says McCarthy, who is dating Jason Toohey, an out-of-the-spotlight entrepreneur.
You gotta feel for the guy.
‘‘It's tough in the dating pool," she says. "It's intimidating to date a celebrity anyway, let alone try to follow in Jim Carrey's footsteps. They think, ‘I don't have his money; I don't have his comedic timing.' ''
Not that the rich and famous have things any better.
If someone like Brett Favre can cheat, all hope may be lost.
“It's so disheartening," says the former Playmate, sounding surprisingly conservative. "I think sex for men is part of their energy source - like eating. If they don't have an outlet for it they'll look elsewhere, whether it's pornography or another woman. They don't see it as a bad thing.
‘‘Women go so much on hope and trust - that's all we've got left."
To attend the event just purchase a copy of Love, Lust and Faking It ($24.99 + tax) at any Books & Books location prior to Friday, or AT THE DOOR THAT NIGHT beginning at 6 p.m. Doors and cash bar open at 6 p.m.