McCarthy spills the beans about love, romance and sex in her latest book, Love, Lust and Faking It. While promoting her newest work, she breaks her silence about her relationship with Carey, telling PEOPLE, "There were broken hearts on both sides."
After meeting on a blind date, McCarthy begins dating Boston-based sports agent Paul Krepelka – whom she publicly kisses at midnight while co-hosting New Year's Rockin' Eve. "Everyone thought, 'Oh my god. She kissed a random dude,'" McCarthy says. "But no," adding that she's "really happy."
After playing coy on the new man in her life, McCarthy steps out with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher at a Generation Rescue autism charity event. "I can confirm that yes it's true, we are dating," she says. But after three months, the pair call it quits. "Brian and I have decided to turn our romance into an amazing friendship," she tells PEOPLE. "I will continue to be the biggest cheerleader for him. Go, Bears!"
Before turning the big 4-0, McCarthy appears in her seventh nude pictorial for Playboy. The host of NBC's Love in the Wild tells PEOPLE she doesn't have any regrets when it comes to baring it all. "It's probably a lot more sophisticated than a lot of the stuff you'd see of people with their clothes on," the 39-year-old says of her pictorial.
After he makes a steamy appearance on her VH1 talk show, McCarthy begins dating New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg. "Being turned on by a guy is always fun but to have it legitimately happen to you on TV is to be turned back into a 12-year-old," she blogs of Wahlberg's visit to the show, which occurred in late March and involved the pair seductively sucking on red lollipops while discussing talking dirty. "By the time we get into the groundbreaking interview, my face turns fifty shades of RED."
Following Elisabeth Hasselbeck's departure, McCarthy joins The View as its new co-host. "Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor," co-executive producer Barbara Walters says in a statement. "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."
Following less than a year of dating, McCarthy announces her engagement to Wahlberg on The View, debuting her yellow sapphire engagement ring. "He understands my work schedule and he has his and I get it. And we're both single parents and he's trying to juggle all of that while I am too," she previously told PEOPLE. "He makes me feel really comfortable and puts me at ease and he brings out the best in me."
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