Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg may have two Golden Ear Trophies, but that didn't stop her from embarrassing herself big-time on The Masked Singer last night. Wahlberg was so convinced that the Caterpillar, who has been dropping hints about his time in a boy group all season, was Jake Gyllenhaal — hilarious, given Taylor Swift's re-released "All Too Well" track — that she activated the show's "Take It Off" buzzer, which gives the panel a rare chance to reveal a performer right on the spot. If the judge's guess is correct, the contestant is unmasked and eliminated, but if they're wrong, they'll be publicly shamed by their peers. In McCarthy's case, that meant cleaning Ken Jeong's dressing room, a punishment that even Jeong said he "wouldn't wish on anybody."
Later in the episode, the Caterpillar's identity was finally revealed: underneath the costume was Bobby Berk of Queer Eye fame. "Hey, Jenny," said Berk after his big unmasking. "Thank you guys for being out there in the world and entertaining people. Now, more than ever, we need amazing people like you that make us smile — no matter how stupid some of the things you say are."
Stupid or not, there are worse things than being compared to Jake Gyllenhaal, right?
The Masked Singer will take a break next week for Thanksgiving before returning with the Group A finale on Wednesday, December 1 at 8:00 PM ET on FOX.
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.