Jenny McCarthy inks deal with Winfrey's Harpo

Mon May 4, 2009 12:55am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jenny McCarthy is poised to become the next star in Oprah Winfrey's media empire.

McCarthy has inked a multi-year deal with Winfrey's Harpo Prods. to develop projects on different platforms, including a syndicated talk show that the actress/author would host.

The first collaboration under the pact is a blog by McCarthy on, which launched Friday. Like other Winfrey proteges-turned-TV moguls, among them Rachael Ray and Dr. Phil, McCarthy has been a frequent guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

McCarthy talked to the chat queen about her struggles with her son's autism in conjunction with the publication of her best-selling books "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism" and "Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds." McCarthy also has participated twice in Winfrey's Friday Live panels, most recently this past Friday.

A former Playboy model, McCarthy burst into the TV scene as the host of MTV's dating show "Singled Out," a job that jump-started her acting career. She later segued into writing with a string of best-selling books and became an activist on behalf of the search for a cure for autism.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Jenny McCarthy gestures as she is interviewed at the premiere of the movie "Yes Man" at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, California December 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>