Jenny’s 11-year-old son, Evan, was unfairly thrust into the public eye on Jan. 3 when a report stated that ‘The View’ host was claiming he may not have actually had autism after all. But Jenny quickly took to Twitter on Jan. 4 to clear things up — see what she had to say!
Unfortunately, Jenny McCarthy is being forced to confirm, yet again, that her 11-year-old son Evan has been diagnosed with autism. The View host was pushed to clear things up after a Jan. 3 report cited a years-old story in which Jenny had reportedly questioned her son’s illness.
Jenny McCarthy: The Truth About Her Son’s Autism
In the story published on Jan. 3, Radar Online cited an interview in Time magazine with Jenny in which she says that all of Evan’s autistic tendencies had dissipated. “Evan couldn’t talk — now he talks. Evan couldn’t make eye contact — now he makes eye contact. Evan was anti-social — now he makes friends. It was amazing to watch,” Jenny reportedly said in the interview.
However, that interview was from 2010 — and after the most recent story started gaining traction, Jenny took to Twitter to reveal the truth, and to state that she never even said the quotes attributed to her in that 2010 interview!
“Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous,” Jenny wrote. She continued:
Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate. These stories cite a “new” Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight.
It is sad to see Jenny having to set the record straight on such a personal, emotional matter — and we can only hope that Evan and the rest of Jenny’s family haven’t been too hurt by these most recent reports, which were so oddly presented as “new.”
Hopefully now that Jenny has cleared things up, people will be able to see the truth and focus only on supporting people like Evan who have autism, and their families.
— Andrew Gruttadaro