Actress Tara Reid recently made headlines for walking out on a cringeworthy radio interview with fellow ’90s relic Jenny McCarthy. Reid was on McCarthy’s SiriusXM radio show to talk about her upcoming fourth installment of Sharknado, but things took a decidedly awkward turn when McCarthy first asked her about her recent appearance on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.
If you missed it, here’s how it went down:
McCarthy was trying to pay Reid a compliment, saying she “fucking loved” Reid on the show, and Reid was not into talking about it. When McCarthy pressed her for more details, Reid made it clear that she would not be talking about her most recent stint on reality TV: “Babe, I asked you, please let’s not talk about the show. We’re all here to talk about Sharknado.”
McCarthy then asked if Reid had to get into shape for her role in the shark parody film, and Reid replied, “It’s not like you really need to get into shape. It’s Sharknado. They’re fake sharks. They’re rubber.”
McCarthy then segued into talking about Reid’s infamous plastic surgeries, which she has been open about in the past, and complimented her for discussing them. Then things started to get really uncomfortable.
“You look great now. So, you’re good and done, not moving forward with plastic surgery?” McCarthy pressed.
Reid snapped, “I think I’ve made that clear about 100 times. Maybe you only read the bad things, but I’ve made that really clear for so many years. Read what you want to read.”
McCarthy apologized, but Reid was obviously done. She said, “It was really nice talking to you, and really good luck with your show.”
Reid snapped, “I hope you stay married too. I’m sure he’s a nice guy. I hope your tits get even nicer, because they’re amazing. The same guy who did mine, right? I’ll always use your advice. You’re the best. Bye.”
Of course, this turned into a trainwreck incredibly quickly. I don’t think that McCarthy should have insulted Reid as she was trying to end the interview, but Reid was definitely in the wrong at first. Reid has been famous since 1998, and she’s likely done dozens of interviews and promotional junkets for various film and TV projects, so she’s well aware of how these things go. She knows that interviewers may want to discuss multiple projects, especially since Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars is currently on the air. It’s not as if McCarthy is bringing up old news.
It’s entirely possible that Reid let McCarthy know in advance she didn’t want to discuss Marriage Boot Camp, and in that case, she should have simply thanked McCarthy for loving the show and said she was happy to move on and promote Sharknado.
As for the comments about her fitness routine, McCarthy was being nothing but complimentary, saying that Reid is always “in awesome shape,” so Reid could have spun the conversation in a way she felt more comfortable with.
When McCarthy started to discuss Reid’s surgeries, Reid could have politely said that unless McCarthy was going to discuss Sharknado, she’d like to move on. It was obvious at that point that McCarthy was trying to get a rise out of her, but Reid isn’t a newbie to these kinds of celebrity interviews. She should have handled it more graciously at the beginning.
That said, it was certainly wrong for McCarthy to blatantly insult Reid at all. A radio host should be kind to their guests and appreciative of their time, even if the guests are difficult (which Reid initially was!), so neither party ends up looking completely innocent in this war of words.
Both of these women handled this in the wrong way, which is pretty sad given that they are in their 40s and definitely know better, but Reid should have started off handling the situation better. She knows what it’s like to be interviewed by now, and she should be thankful that she has projects to promote and radio shows that want to have her on as a guest.
This story continues to make headlines, and comedian Amy Schumer weighed in during her very own SiriusXM radio interview on Opie Radio. Schumer said she felt that McCarthy “bullied” Reid, but not before admitting she knows “nothing about their relationship,” adding that she’s never met Reid or McCarthy.
Schumer also admitted that McCarthy was rude to her best friend, fellow comedian Rachel Feinstein, and told the backstory behind Feinstein’s relationship with McCarthy, which is clearly why she felt the need to weigh in on this story. She even said, “Rachel would be very annoyed that I was telling this story, because she doesn’t want to make a big deal out of it.”
So then, why are you, exactly? It’s probably better to leave this shark in the water for good.