Remember 1999? Tara Reid was releasing “American Pie,” Jenny McCarthy was attempting to start a life beyond MTV game shows, and both blonde bombshells seemed to have bright, sexy futures ahead of them. Now, nearly twenty years later, they seem to be arguing over whose career sucks less. And their measuring stick appears to be … “Sharknado?”
Syfy has released the first official trailer for “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens,” which seems to have finally moved past its horror movie origins and into a Seltzer/Friedberg state of spoofiness, incorporating references to everything from “The Force Awakens” to “Magic Mike.” But the most noteworthy conflict surrounding its release is even more intense than Carrot Top versus a Great White, as Tara Reid and Jenny McCarthy have dragged the film into a full-on feud.
“I fucking love you on that show,” McCarthy remarks, interviewing Reid for her SiriusXM radio show Friday (July 15), attempting to offer an apparent compliment in regards to Reid’s recent appearance on the show “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” before adding: “But, are you glad you did it?”
Tara Reid, who had previously stated that she only wanted to discuss the SyFy film that casts her as a robot-armed shark assassin, was clearly bothered by the inquiry. “It’s not worth the time to talk about it,” replies Reid. “There’s confusing things about it. We are not talking about it.”
Smelling blood in the water, McCarthy — who has always delighted in embracing an edgy, sometimes-confrontational side — tried a second time, soliciting a response from Reid that seemed to ratchet up the tension. “Babe,” Reid replies, shooting her down again, “I asked you, please let’s not talk about this show. We’re all here about ‘Sharknado.'”
Which, in and of itself, is kind of amazing when you think about it. Consider for a moment that there is a project out there deemed so lowly and embarrassing that its star would rather talk about a basic cable movie that has CGI sharks falling out of the sky onto Lou Ferrigno.
The war of words escalated quickly. When McCarthy asked about training, Reid snips: “It’s not like you really need to get into shape; it’s ‘Sharknado,’ they’re fake sharks.” When she then asked about plastic surgery, Reid replies: “No, I haven’t had any surgery for a while, Jenny,” and then covered her microphone and began complaining to someone behind the scenes.
McCarthy, who herself has admitted to plastic surgery, seemed determined to keep pressing the irritated actress. “You look great now. So, you’re good and done?” she asks. “Not moving forward with plastic surgery?”
Reid shoots back: “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.”
You can listen to the rest of the awkward interview below, but it all ended with sarcastic well-wishes for each other’s marriages, nasty comments about boob jobs and a haymaker involving wobbly knees.
“Love you, Tara,” comments McCarthy at the end, getting the last word. “Good luck with ‘Sharknado 18.'”
Which is a bit of an ironic comment, since Jenny McCarthy would seem to fit right into the rogue’s gallery of names — Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, Holly Madison — the “Sharkando” series casting director has on speed dial. But no matter which actress you back in this particular beef, this much seems certain: “Sharknado” would hardly be the worst project they’ve taken on.