Whether they love it or hate it, people cannot stop talking about The Masked Singer. Each week, viewers tune in to watch the over-the-top performances, analyze each contestant's mysterious clues, and try to figure out who's behind the detailed disguises. Fox's outrageous new series has caused a lot of buzz since it first premiered in early January, but not everyone thought it was going to be a hit.
In a recent interview with , celebrity judge Jenny McCarthy revealed that when she got an offer to work on The Masked Singer, her agents said it was "a definite pass" and thought she was "going to hate it."
"They sent it to me, and I watched it—the Korean version—and I said, 'This checks all the boxes, this is going to work.' I thought, 'It's weird enough and different that it gets people's attention,'" Jenny explained. "It's got celebrities, which people f***ng love. And it's got the mystery, so your brain is trying to figure out who the people are. And you can watch it with your kids."
Clearly, Jenny was right. The Masked Singer premiere brought in 17.6 million viewers across cable and streaming services and quickly became Fox's top unscripted show, according to . With ratings like that, it's no surprise that the crazy reality competition has already been renewed for a second season.
Following the series's left-field success, Jenny's agents admitted that she had been the only person who'd seen it coming.
"When it hit, they called me and were like, 'You’re the only one who believed in this show,'" she said. "Every single person outside of the network thought that this was the worst thing that could possibly come on television."
Jenny: 1, Everyone Else: 0.