Kristin Cavallari and Jenny McCarthy have something in common: Both blondes believe there's a link between vaccines and autism. Appearing on the Fox Business show The Independents on Thursday, March 13, the pregnant former Hills star -- mom to son Camden, 18 months, with another baby boy on the way -- said she and husband Jay Cutler had chosen to not vaccinate their kids.
"You know what, I've read too many books about autism," Cavallari, 27, began. "There is a pediatric group called Homestead or, shoot, Homestead or Home First -- now I have pregnancy brain, I got them confused -- but they've never vaccinated any of their children and they've never had one case of autism. And now, one in 88 boys is autistic, which is a really scary statistic."
"Well, my mom vaccinated us, and she doesn't have any cases of autism either," host and ex-MTV VJ Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (a.k.a. Kennedy) argued. "Isn't that weird?"
"But the vaccinations have changed over the years," Cavallari replied. "There's more mercury and other [stuff]..."
The soon-to-be second-time mom later clarified her position in an interview with Fox & Friends on Friday, March 14. Asked how the response has been to her earlier comments, she admitted, "It is a harsh response. You know, it's not something that I publicly wanted to come out and say. I was in an interview and it came up, and it wasn't what I was expecting."
She continued: "But, you know, listen, to each their own. I understand both sides of it. I've read too many books about autism and there's some scary statistics out there. It's our personal choice, you know, and if you're really concerned about your kid, then get them vaccinated and it shouldn't be a problem."
The Chinese Laundry shoe designer also spoke with The Independents' Kennedy about hot-button topics like the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage. "I don't smoke pot," the former party girl said. "I mean, I'm okay with it, I guess. It's not my cup of tea, but I think it's great for the economy."
On the topic of same-sex marriage, she reasoned, "I'm okay with it. I really believe if it doesn't directly affect you, why do you care? I think everyone is so hung up on how everyone else should live their lives, and we should take that energy and focus on ourselves."