The 42-year-old star debuted a bold new look

By Brittany Talarico
Updated July 14, 2015 04:20 PM
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Jenny McCarthy passed right over the pastel pink hair trend happening in Hollywood right now for a brighter, bolder hue.


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The star debuted her electric shade on the TODAY show before swinging by the PEOPLE offices to chat about her permanent dye job.

“I wanted to do a fun color since Singled Out, and I told MTV that I wanted to dye my hair pink, but the networks kept saying no,” she told PEOPLE, adding that now that she has her own SiriusXM show, she has more freedom to change things up. “It was one o’clock in the morning, and I texted my hairdresser that I wanted to do a pink/purple. I wanted something a little different.”

McCarthy added that her tress transformation only took “an hour” and that her hairdresser Julius Michael mixed a few different colors for a shade he dubbed “hot bitch pink.”

“It should be ‘hot old bitch pink,'” she quipped. At 42, you go, ‘Can you wear hair like this?’ but I’m not Barbara Walters yet.”

And of course her husband Donnie Wahlberg is a huge fan of her new do. “If I shaved my head he’d be like, ‘Omg it’s awesome.'”

The couple stars on the A&E reality show, Donnie Loves Jenny, and as anyone who has watched 30 seconds of the show knows, they are infatuated with each other. So much so that they “makeout everywhere” (Morgan Freeman told them to get a room at the Emmys) and “FaceTime sleep” when Wahlberg is on tour.

“He’s on the pillow [next to me] — I sleep and I hear him snore. And we sleep that way on the rode,” she told Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on TODAY.

What do you think of McCarthy’s new look? Sound off below.

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–Brittany Talarico