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Jenny McCarthy and boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg made their first red carpet appearance as a couple over the weekend.
News of "The View" co-host's relationship first arrived after Wahlberg appeared on her VH1 show earlier this summer.
On Saturday, McCarthy and Wahlberg, who formerly sang for New Kids on the Block, attended a Dancing with the Stars charity event, which McCarthy hosted.
Matching in all black formal wear, the newly-minted couple held each other close as they posted on the red carpet at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois, according to Yahoo News.
Wahlberg, 44, donned a tux and bowtie while McCarthy paired a low-cut gown with side-swept hair.
McCarthy also is celebrating a new development in her professional life. The actress was recently announced as the latest co-host on "The View" where she will replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck who is headed to "Fox & Friends."
Despite having initially denied joining "The View" because of her eponymous show on VH1, McCarthy later expressed excitement over the morning show.
"I'm beyond thrilled," said the comedian-actress in a statement. "I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off."
McCarthy's permanent role on "The View" begins on Sept. 9. Barbara Walters created the morning talk show, which is the fourth-longest running national daytime talk show in history, covering news items ranging from social and political issues to tabloid and celebrity news.
It was Walters who first confirmed McCarthy's entrance to "The View."
"Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor," the 83-year-old started in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. "She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter of 'The View.'"