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The View Hired Jenny McCarthy And A Lot Of People Are Pretty Pissed Off About It

It's because McCarthy believes vaccinations cause autism.

Posted on July 16, 2013, at 7:11 p.m. ET

ABC's popular morning talk show, The View, hired former Playboy model, actress, and anti-vaccine advocate, Jenny McCarthy as a co-host.

Grateful! @theviewtv: This fall, we welcome @JennyMcCarthy as one of our new co-hosts! ... http://t.co/K5ptKaK0eg

Jenny McCarthy

@JennyMcCarthy

Grateful! @theviewtv: This fall, we welcome @JennyMcCarthy as one of our new co-hosts! ... http://t.co/K5ptKaK0eg

The Associated Press / AP

The Internet got all fired up because McCarthy is (in)famous for advocating against vaccinations. She believes vaccinations caused her son's autism.

This is an opinion with no medical evidence to back it up, which generated a negative response from many doctors.

Other people were also pissed off.

Jenny McCarthy's anti-vaccine advice kills people. It's appalling The View hired her. @specterm http://t.co/iTn7IOqUZx

Nicholas Thompson

@nxthompson

Jenny McCarthy's anti-vaccine advice kills people. It's appalling The View hired her. @specterm http://t.co/iTn7IOqUZx

How many times will Jenny McCarthy mention autism on The View? Place your bets.

rebecca donohue

@beckydonohue

How many times will Jenny McCarthy mention autism on The View? Place your bets.

Horrible that USA Today describes the link between vaccines & autism as "controversial" instead of "a goddamn lie": http://t.co/brCT5CvYTu

Anil Dash

@anildash

Horrible that USA Today describes the link between vaccines & autism as "controversial" instead of "a goddamn lie": http://t.co/brCT5CvYTu

Listening to Jenny McCarthy talk? RT @washmonthly: How Autism Really "Spreads" http://t.co/xetcPLRoKU

rob delaney

@robdelaney

Listening to Jenny McCarthy talk? RT @washmonthly: How Autism Really "Spreads" http://t.co/xetcPLRoKU

Jenny McCarthy will join The View as co-host so you probably shouldn't watch it since there is no vaccine against ignorance.

pourmecoffee

@pourmecoffee

Jenny McCarthy will join The View as co-host so you probably shouldn't watch it since there is no vaccine against ignorance.

Change.org began a petition to get McCarthy off The View.

The New Yorker's Michael Specter pitched in too.

In an email message to the New York Times, Lauri Hogan, a spokeswoman for The View, said the show had made no request to McCarthy that she keep the vaccine issue off limits. Hogan added, "All the hosts speak openly on a variety of topics and as has been stated repeatedly, Hot Topics are not scripted."

WHAT WILL BARBARA DO NOW?!

Will Jenny McCarthy joining 'The View' further legitimize dangerous anti-vaccine conspiracy theories? http://t.co/oNiooVkmuR

Josh Greenman

@joshgreenman

Will Jenny McCarthy joining 'The View' further legitimize dangerous anti-vaccine conspiracy theories? http://t.co/oNiooVkmuR

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