So True? So False? Is New Emmy Winner Melissa McCarthy Really Related to Jenny McCarthy?!

Rumors have been circulating for years now...but does the Bridesmaids breakout really share a bloodline with the bubbly blonde?

By Gina Serpe Sep 19, 2011 5:30 PMTags
Melissa McCarthy, Jenny McCarthyAP Photo/Chris Pizzello; Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage

There are plenty of pieces of Hollywood folklore that float about over the years. Some are true, some are not. And in the wake of Melissa McCarthy's surprise—to no one more than herself, it would seem—Emmy win last night, we decided to tackle the newly crowned Best Actress in a Comedy winner's most pervasive bit of pop culture trivia.

Is the Bridesmaids breakout and Mike & Molly star really related to bombastic blonde bombshell Jenny McCarthy?

Sure, they're both hilarious funnyladies who've made names for themselves on the big and small screens. And then there's that whole last name thing. And while we know there's no bad blood between these two women, is there any blood at all?

We've got the answer. So don't cancel that membership just yet, because this rumor is…

So true!

See? You can believe some things you read, after all.

But don't take our word for it—take the word of this proud family member.

"Congrats to my cousin melissa mccarthy on her Emmy win!!" Jenny tweeted just after the teary sitcom star left the podium last night.

Congrats, indeed! And please, can we get an invite to the next family reunion? That's gotta be an entertaining day out.