updated 04/15/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/16/2014 AT 11:15 AM ET
There’s a new bride-to-be on the block!
Jenny McCarthy announced on The View Wednesday that Donnie Wahlberg popped the big question (and presented her with a big rock) and she happily said yes.
“I just got engaged!” the star said on the show as she unveiled her hidden hand from behind the desk and then proceeded to jump around the set. “It’s a yellow sapphire,” she explained about the rock.
Crying as she talked about the proposal, McCarthy said her son Evan helped with the surprise last weekend, and explained how Wahlberg – who ended up coming onto the TV set Wednesday and kissing McCarthy – had gotten down on one knee.
“We don’t know yet,” she said when asked about the wedding date. Barbara Walters said if they tie the knot in September next year – McCarthy said that August was one consideration – the wedding could be held in her apartment.
The couple raised eyebrows when they first started dating last summer. But McCarthy, 41, and Wahlberg, 44, instantly found a connection.
One trait they share is “our work ethic,” McCarthy told PEOPLE last fall. “He understands my work schedule and he has his and I get it. And we’re both single parents and he’s trying to juggle all of that while I am too,” she says.