Jenny McCarthy Joins 'The View' in Surprisingly Quiet Fashion

The actress -- known for her big personality and controversial views on childhood vaccination -- was actually pretty reserved in her debut

Women tend to have one of two opinions on Jenny McCarthy: either she's a menace to society, or a super-fun fantasy BFF. Whichever camp you fall into, you're about to see a lot more of Jenny. On Monday, McCarthy began her first day as co-host of The View, joining Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters and Sherri Shepherd on the ABC morning show. With Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar gone, did Jenny hold up her end of the shiny pink table? Let's take a look at a couple things she did during Monday's show.

She attempted to twerk.

In what was supposed to look like a spontaneous moment, Barbara goaded Jenny to do some twerking in a super-tight pencil skirt. Which, as it turns out, is impossible.

She shared her boyfriend.

Jenny brought on Donnie Wahlberg as her first interviewee, and was gracious when Sherri confessed her long-standing crush on the New Kid.

She bonded over parenthood with Michael Buble.

Jenny likes to remind us that she's a mom -- in fact, "I'm a single mom" is one of the first things she said after Barbara introduced her. So when Buble, a new dad, dropped by the show, McCarthy seized the opportunity.

One thing that Jenny did not do was talk about her personal crusade against childhood vaccination. Producers have denied that she's forbidden from discussing it, but hopefully, she has no plans to use The View as a platform for her misguided beliefs.

Overall, McCarthy's first appearance left us without a strong impression. Maybe she's lying low until the audience gets used to her being there. Honestly, we expected her to be funnier, or more opinionated. If anything, she reminded us a lot of Hasselbeck: another TV-ready blonde who struggled to get her voice in edgewise.

In addition to McCarthy, the 17th season of The View promises to feature frequent male guest hosts. It appears that the show is trying hard to expand its mostly-female audience. Maybe McCarthy is meant to appeal more to men than women, too. Time will tell if men decide to 'fess up to watching The View!

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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