One day in 2005, Jenny McCarthy was walking down a Los Angeles street, hand in hand with her small son, Evan. At that time, she was best known as the vivacious host of the MTV dating show Singled Out, and for her relationship with the comedian and actor Jim Carrey, star of box office hits such as Liar Liar (1997) and Bruce Almighty (2003). McCarthy had written two books on motherhood following the birth of Evan, a child from a previous relationship. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth (2004) and Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood (2005) were an extension of her media persona as a vivacious blonde who could be relied upon to speak plainly about her life and her body.