Jenny McCarthy said the real reason she left ABC's female talkfest "The View" was because she couldn't be herself on the show, but she wouldn't tell Howard Stern who was interviewing her on his radio show whether she was actually fired.
McCarthy and another co-host, Sherri Shepherd, announced they will be leaving "The View" at the end of the current season
. This comes on the heels of Barbara Walters' retirement and last year's departure of Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar.
Rosie O'Donnell has been named as one of the hosts replacing McCarthy and Shepherd.
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"Yes and no," McCarthy said when Stern asked her if she was fired, according to Us Weekly
. "If I wanted to stay with Rosie O'Donnell and I was a Republican, I would still be there right now."
McCarthy told Stern that even though she likes to talk, she felt that the show's format was limiting – she had to compete to get her voice heard – and she never felt comfortable.
"I'll tell you something Howard, it's like halfway into it, it was probably around February, I went, 'God I'm not allowed to be the best of me here,'" McCarthy said. "I feel like to have a voice, to be able to speak without having to interrupt people. … It's very difficult, and I don't like doing it, it’s very uncomfortable, so I felt like, 'You know what? Maybe this is just a stepping stone for me to go somewhere where I can actually be my full self.'"
She said the best part of being on "The View" was working with Walters, but she actually feels more liberated since the veteran news broadcaster has retired.
"Since Barbara left, I've been able to be more of myself," McCarthy told Stern. "I get a little bit more space, but I still hate, hate, hate the interrupting part."
McCarthy announced the debut of her new Sirius XM talk show called "Dirty, Sexy, Funny,"
which focuses on celebrity guests and female comedians, which was scheduled to premiere Wednesday.
"I am not holding anything back," McCarthy told Stern about the show.
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