By Joanne Rosa

The wait is almost over! Wendy’s been off for a few weeks, but will be back in her purple chair on Monday, March 19.

 

In the meantime, friend to the show Jerry O’Connell is covering for Wendy the week of March 12 to deliver juicy Hot Topics to our Wendy Watchers!

 

Wendy loves Jerry for good reason and we do too!

Here are just a few of the many reasons we love Mr. Jerry OC!

Jerry is an Animal Lover

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The O’Connell house is home to a beautiful family of four, and an animal family of six! Jerry has four dogs and two cats living with him in Calabasas, California. There’s Phil (a Saint Bernard and Pyrenees mix), Pip (a German Shepherd), Pirate (a black German Shepherd), and Holiday (a Great Dane).

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They are all big dogs, but Jerry has a big heart, and apparently a big bed since all of the dogs and cats sleep with him and wife Rebecca Romijn!

We Love Their Love

Supermodel, actress, mom of two, Rebecca Romijn, and Jerry are one of our favorite celebrity couples for a few reasons. First of all, they’re just good people. You know when you meet good people and you can tell that they aren’t being phony? Well, that’s Jerry and Rebecca.

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Their love story is perfect. Jerry said he instantly clicked with Rebecca when they met in 2004, and they got married in 2007. According to Rebecca, Jerry slept over and never left! Rebecca and Jerry attribute the success of their marriage to their nine-year-old twin daughters, and the fact that they can’t raise them alone! Yes, Jerry’s got jokes.

Jerry Lives for His Twin Girls

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Speaking of the nine-year-old twins Dolly and Charlie, they are total Daddy’s girls. Both Jerry and Rebecca acknowledged that Jerry is a complete pushover when it comes to his daughters. Dolly is named after the country singer Dolly Parton, and Charlie is named after actor Charlie O’Connell, Jerry’s little brother.

Jerry told People that Meghan Markle has set a new bar for his daughters. “They can date anyone they want when they grow up, but I’m using this Meghan Markle thing as a point of reference for them… That’s the bar now. I would be cool with them marrying a royal. Anytime Meghan Markle is on the news, I point to them and go, ‘Girls there she is. That’s a princess. That’s what I’m talking about.’ I’m trying to motivate them.”

Jerry’s a Lamb

Of course we know Jerry for his roles in “Stand By Me,” “Jerry Maguire,” and the TV series “Billions”, but do you know what Jerry was doing in 1999 with Mariah Carey? He was breaking her beautiful heart in Mariah’s music video “Heartbreaker“. It’s our favorite Jerry fact.

Jerry is a Native New Yorker!

Vintage image of Jerry O' Connell in NYC

On February 17, 1974 (shoutout to all the fellow Aquarians), Jerry O’Connell was born in New York City.

When he’s back in the city, you can see him taking the subway, walking the sidewalks, visiting his parents, or his alma mater, NYU! Back in the day, Jerry was on the fencing team at NYU, and we have the receipts!

Vintage Jerry O' Connell fencing at NYU

You’re welcome.

Jerry is the Ultimate Goofball

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We love Jerry because we can have a good time with him. He is here to play! Jerry has dressed in drag, is the ultimate fun Dad, and major jokester. Here’s one thing you may not have known: Jerry has a novelty underwear collection. Oh, yes!

Jerry O' Connell in novelty underwear

Thanks to his wife Rebecca, Jerry has loads of novelty undies. Rebecca’s nickname for Jerry is “undapants,” and he owns it.

Jerry Says It Like He Means It

Jerry has no filter in the best way ever, and that’s one of the many reasons we love him. In a 2016 interview with Wendy, Jerry had a lot to say about the infamous Twitter feud between Kanye, Wiz Khalifa, and Amber Rose. We cannot wait for Jerry to bring his “Say It Like You Mean It” attitude to Hot Topics the week of March 12.

Tell Us: What do you love about Jerry?