It’s public knowledge that Bridesmaids‘ funny lady Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy are first cousins. But how close are they? Jenny spoke to Bravo’s Andy Cohen about her relationship with Melissa, who stars in Identity Thief with Jason Bateman (in theaters now) and the upcoming cop comedy The Heat alongside Sandra Bullock.
I’m so proud of Melissa McCarthy. She actually called me when I first started my MTV show, not Singled Out, but my sketch show, and said ‘I’m in New York, I wanna come to L.A., I wanna get a job in acting, I’ve been doing off-Broadway.’ And I said, ‘Well, to get your feet wet you have to start low, so why don’t you come out and be a PA on my sketch show.’
So I brought her out as a PA and then on the last episode she said ‘Can I get in a sketch?’ I said ‘Of course!’ So we put her in a sketch and I went ‘Holy f*ck, this bitch is funnier than me.’
Jenny added that Melissa worked consistently after her cameo on The Jenny McCarthy Show (also the name of a new talk show on VH1), saying “now American gets to see how funny she is.”
Earlier on Watch What Happens Live, McCarthy refused to say anything bad about Jim Carrey, but had no problem throwing Anne Hathaway under the bus with a stern “Grow your hair back bitch, it’s ugly.”