ACCESS EXCLUSIVE: Jenny McCarthy Responds To Michael Savage's Autism Comments
Radio shock jock Michael Savage’s ugly attack on autism angered parents of autistic children. Jenny McCarthy, whose son Evan is autistic, was deeply infuriated by Savage’s heartless words. Now, for the first time publicly, in an interview with Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell, Jenny speaks out.
“I’ll tell you what autism is — it’s a brat that hasn’t been told to cut the act out,” Savage said two weeks ago.
“What was your reaction?” Nancy asked Jenny.
“You know, I immediately get the news the second anything happens. I read it and had to sit down and kind of breathe a little bit,” Jenny said. “The media drove me crazy that day wanting comments and I didn’t want to give any more attention to that jerk.”
Jenny said she originally kept her mouth closed over Savage’s comments to allow his words to speak for themselves.
“It’s really about showboating ignorance really,” she said. “I kind of took the high road and kept talking about healing, prevention.”
“And if he would like, [he can] join me in the ring sometime on the WWE, I’ll show you what I really think,” Jenny added, referring to her upcoming appearance on Saturday Night’s Main Event (airing August 2 at 9PM) with superstar John Cena as the WWE and Jenny Smackdown autism, raising awareness and hopefully a lot of money.
“How did this partnership come about other than you wanted a hot girl at the WWE?” Nancy asked Cena.
“Well that is certainly a bonus,” Cena said. “Jenny’s got a great cause — [autism movement] Generation Rescue. We can provide a bunch of eyes and ears, a bunch of people that might not know the ins and outs of autism.”
Though he may not end up in the ring at WWE, Savage was hit by advertisers who pulled ads from his popular radio show. There were also demands for the shock jock’s termination. But would Jenny like to see that happen?
“I think a great way for an apology is to be sat down and educated about it,” Jenny said. “I’d love to just quietly [sit down with him and] educate him on the facts. It was clear he doesn’t know anything about autism”
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