Jenny McCarthy is breaking a longtime tradition but for a good reason.
McCarthy, 46, announced she will not be hosting at this year’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” program. The actress and television host has been involved with the program heavily over the last decade.
“We’re shooting ‘Masked Singer 3’ in December and January and my son, who is now 17, said, ‘Can we please stay home this year?’ He’s going to be 18, he’s going to want nothing to do with me,” she told “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on Monday.
“We’re so busy that I said, ‘You know what, we’re going to tap out,’” she continued. “I got to say, it was the most wonderful time… Working with Ryan [Seacrest], it’s a dream. And we can’t say that about a lot of people in this business. He’s a dream.”
Seacrest will serve as the program’s main presenter and McCarthy looks forward to watching the show. “I’m going to be so excited watching you from my sofa,” McCarthy said. “You have been the most wonderful to work with. Thank you.”
“New Year’s Rocking Eve” airs Dec. 31 on ABC.