The Most Embarrassing Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Performances Of All Time

“The Masked Singer” host and noted anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy joined the team at “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” in 2010. “I was reminded how great Jenny is at live broadcasting when she recently stopped by my radio show. That day, with Dick’s blessing, I invited her to join us in Times Square!” co-host Ryan Seacrest said in a statement announcing her new gig (via MTV News).

While part of the show, McCarthy provided some of the yearly broadcast’s most memorable — and most cringe-worthy — moments, typically reporting from down in the crowd in Times Square. In the first minutes of 2011, McCarthy kissed a “totally hot guy” in the crowd, pretending he was a stranger, but People reported that he was in fact her boyfriend at the time. In 2013, wearing a gigantic hat, McCarthy had an impromptu twerk session on some unsuspecting NYPD cops, who looked alternately confused and bemused. For a while, McCarthy would select a random man to kiss at midnight each year. That first year, it was a police officer whose name she didn’t know; on Today a few days later, she said, “If he’s out there, will you please get a hold of me?”

McCarthy did not return to see the arrival of 2020, deciding to spend the holiday with her family instead. Calling her decade with the show “a wonderful time,” she told Seacrest (via People), “I’m going to be so excited watching you from my sofa.”

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