Jenny McCarthy responds to backlash following Rudy Giuliani's appearance on 'The Masked Singer'

Masked Singer panelist Jenny McCarthy appeared on Watch What Happens Live, Wednesday, where she discussed Rudy Giuliani’s appearance on the show last spring.

“You know, like everyone that gets unmasked, I [was] completely shocked,” McCarthy said. “You know, everyone is in their own wheelhouse with how they handle their shock. The fact it was a political figure that was polarizing to half the country was hard…I'm from the Midwest. I have plenty of family that [didn’t] have a problem with it.”

Giulini was the attorney for former president Donald Trump, and has since been suspended from practicing law in New York and brought up on ethics charges by the Washington D.C. Bar for his involvement in trying to overturn a completely legal election.

“I kind of checked in with myself at that moment and said I'm going to be a professional and I'm going to hope that this show brings together both sides,” McCarthy said of the moment. “There has to be some place where everyone can just be entertained.”

Not everyone was entertained however, as panelists Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke walked off stage in protest to Giuliani’s appearance.

“The fact that Rudy Giuliani was there for his grandchildren,” McCarthy explained. “He wasn't there to run a campaign. I was just like, I will stand here and finish the show and give him at least that.”

Video transcript

- What was your immediate reaction to Rudy Giuliani being unmasked on "The Masked Singer" and Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke leaving the stage in protest?

JENNY MCCARTHY: You know, like everyone that gets unmasked, I'm completely shocked.

KYLIE MAR: "Masked Singer" panelist Jenny McCarthy appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" Wednesday, where she discussed Rudy Giuliani's controversial appearance on the show last spring.

JENNY MCCARTHY: Everyone is in their own wheelhouse in terms of how they handle their shock. The fact that it was a political figure that was polarizing to half of the country, you know, it's hard. Because I have family. I'm from the Midwest. I've got plenty of family that don't have a problem with it.

KYLIE MAR: Giuliani was the attorney for former President Donald Trump and has since been suspended from practicing law in New York and brought up on ethics charges by the Washington, DC bar for his involvement in trying to overturn a completely legal election.

JENNY MCCARTHY: I kind of checked in with myself at that moment and said, I'm going to be a professional. And I'm going to hope that this show, which is why I'm on it, brings together both sides. There has to be some place where everyone could just be entertained.

KYLIE MAR: Not everyone was entertained, however, as panelists Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke walked off stage in protest to Giuliani's appearance.

JENNY MCCARTHY: The fact that Rudy Giuliani was there for his grandchildren, he wasn't there to run a campaign. I was just like, I will stand here and finish the show and give him at least that.

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