Random fact alert: Did you know that Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy are related? Me neither! The two celebs are cousins and, apparently, at one point, were incredibly close with one another. As the story goes, Jenny tried to help Melissa break into the biz by getting her a gig as a production assistant on a short-lived talk show of hers years ago. (Nice, right?) But things got weird when Jenny allegedly told her cousin that if she wanted to make it in Hollywood, she'd have to lose some weight.
Understandably, Jenny's rude and insensitive remark rubbed Melissa the wrong way, and the women began to grow apart. According to some, it was that comment that made Melissa more determined than ever to make it as is as opposed to conforming to Hollywood's unrealistic size 0 standards. And by the time her career blew up with Bridesmaids and Mike and Molly, the formerly close cousins had virtually zero contact. And the girls still aren't speaking. In fact, Jenny has banned Melissa from her upcoming wedding to Donnie Wahlberg. (Or, you know, just not invited her.)
Melissa was on Howard Stern's show recently and confirmed the news to be true, saying that she and Jenny live in "opposite worlds." Kind sounds like Melissa still feels some animosity toward Jenny for her ignorant comment; according to some, Jenny feels the same way about Melissa -- she supposedly thinks that Melissa is ungrateful to her for all the help she provided her with years ago.
It's doubtful we'll ever get the complete story here, but it's totally understandable why Melissa would take issue with Jenny for telling her to lose weight. Perhaps Jenny was just trying to be helpful, but put yourself in Melissa's shoes: How would you feel if someone you were close with said that to you? There's a fine line between tough love and being flat-out rude.
Ultimately, Melissa and her wildly successful career got the last laugh. But, not gonna lie, makes my cold, black heart a bit sad that Hollywood drove these formerly close cousins apart. And additionally, Jenny really oughta learn the art of thinking before speaking.
Whose side are you on: Melissa's or Jenny's?
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