Jenny McCarthy just added an amazing new job to her resume: co-host of The View. Though she’s ecstatic to join the daytime talk show, it meant some big changes for her family — namely, deciding if she wanted to uproot her 9-year-old son, Evan, from Chicago to New York City.
When Wetpaint Moms caught up with Jenny at the McDonald’s Mighty Wings launch party on September 15 in New York City, she revealed that she’s been flying back and forth from New York to Chicago every Thursday and Sunday — a decision she let Evan make for them. Read on for her story behind the decision, plus her advice for parents coping with a recent Autism diagnosis.
Wetpaint Entertainment: We’re so excited for you on The View. Uprooting and moving to New York, though — how has that been for you and Evan?
Jenny McCarthy: You know, I uprooted him out of Los Angeles about a year and a half ago, so I thought to myself, “Well, I did it once before and he transitioned OK,” so this time, I gave him the choice. I said, “Mama’s gotta go to New York and work now. I know you made a bunch of friends here — what do you want to do? I’ll let it be up to you, and I’ll come home Thursday through Sunday if you want to stay in Chicago.” And he goes, “I want to stay in Chicago. My friends are here, my girlfriend’s here.” So, I said, “OK, why don’t you finish up 5th grade and then we’ll talk about full-time New York,” but for right now, I go back and forth every Thursday through Sunday!
Do you have any advice for parents who are trying to adjust to having a child with Autism? You’ve been so vocal about trying to help him and anti-vaccinations and everything.
Well, I’m not anti-vaccinations — that’s not true!
I apologize for misquoting you!
That’s OK. Everyone has! [Laughs] My advice is to not give up hope. Do your homework, there’s a lot of help out there. If you can’t afford it, there’s grant programs that do help pay for a lot of it. My organization does, Generation Rescue. Don’t give up hope!
And has Evan had any recent milestones?
Evan lost his diagnosis about four years ago, five years ago. So, he’s doing great! He still suffers from seizures, but other than that, his milestones are the normal, typical child’s.
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