Valerie Bertinelli Up-Front About Weight Issues

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I *heart* this broad. The greatest Lifetime movie actress ever created, Ms. Valerie Bertinelli, has been chosen as the new face (and uh, body) of Jenny Craig. Valerie Bertinelli is beyond hot. She was hot in the 70’s, she was hot in the 80’s when she married guitar wizard and current mess of all messes Eddie Van Halen and starred in fantastic Lifetime and TV Movie of the Week fare like “In A Child’s Name” and “Murder of Innocence,” and now she’s a hot single mom looking to lose some poundage. I am with her every step of the way. I’m not going to fast or anything but I support her fully. What am I – that Sanjaya hunger strike bitch?

Valerie Bertinelli, best known for her 1975-84 sitcom One Day at a Time, has landed a brand new role: Joining Kirstie Alley as the new celebrity face – and body – for Jenny Craig, PEOPLE reports in its new cover story.

The 5’2″ Bertinelli, who turns 47 this month, vows to lose 30 lbs. by September (from a size 14 to a size 8). Going public with her goal “is the motivation I need,” Bertinelli says. “I need to do this in front of millions of people so I can’t mess up.”

And, she adds: “It is freeing because I can say it first: I know what you’re thinking – I’m fat.”

“One Day At A Time” was on for that long? That Bonnie Franklin was a hot, tap-dancing trooper. Anyhoo, Valerie is amazing and I hope she loses everything she wants to but retains her Lifetime joie de vivre. Seriously, I could sit up on the couch and watch those things all day. I love stories about Midwestern moms who are cheating on their husbands with the town serial killer. It mirrors my life exactly.

More photos of Valerie Bertinelli and her son are after the jump.

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