Star Jones Returns to 'The View'
Former co-host explains 'ugly' exit, buries hatchet with Barbara Walters
Star Jones returned to "The View" on Wednesday, Feb. 22., for the first time since what she refers to as her "ugly" exit six years ago. The show's original co-host buried the hatchet with Barbara Walters, with whom she publicly feuded for years, although tension was still visible.
"It was ugly," Jones said on Wednesday. "Nasty things were being said in the media. It just wasn't a good emotional time."
In June 2006, Jones' contract wasn't renewed by ABC "for various reasons," as Walters vaguely explained on Wednesday. Rather than wait to announce her departure on the agreed-upon date, however, Jones interrupted a live show to drop the bombshell. In retaliation, Walters wouldn't allow her back.
On Wednesday, when Walters asked Jones why she chose to hijack the production, Jones said she "wanted to go out on my own terms"; that she "wanted to control it."
The feud grew white-hot when Walters revealed that Jones had asked her co-hosts to lie and claim that Jones had lost weight on her own and not because of gastric bypass surgery.
"We did lie for you," Walters said on Wednesday, to which Jones responded, "Who cares? I look good."
Jones added that she takes "real responsibility" for her former behavior, and congratulated the show's current co-hosts on their success.
Check out a heavily edited clip of the reunion here:
"The View" airs weekdays on ABC.
Oh by the way who cares how Star lost her weight, cudos to Star. After everything was done she did tell the country what and how she lost it. At
least she was honest and she did not act on how she left, more mature then
the rest of the cast on The View. I think the View shoud replace them all and
leave Whoopi at the main host. I hope the higher ups are reading all of these comments but I assure you they are not because they could care less what people think about the show. Rating well what can I say people that do watch are not watching those women. They are watch for the guest they have on not for the host.
well, Star Jones thinks WAY too much of herself. And she is NOT a Star. She is at best a host.
I am not a fan of BW either. Her judgement with interviews in the past have made me question her value to be sure. BUT, she has earned her stripes.
The View had EVERY right to slam Jones. She made an **** of herself when she left and yes she lied. She even put her nose in the air and was proud of her lies.
So maybe I am in the minority on this but DOWN WITH STUPID STAR JONES and her drama. And I will NEVER watch anything this whinning, complaining jerk is on.
Barbara Walters should be ashamed of her mean-spirited attack on Star Jones. She displayed pettiness and showed that she is just a bitter old woman who needs leasons in good manners. Star Jones took the high road and did not return the attack, although it would have been justified if she told Babs to kiss her butt.
I will no longer watch the view as they are acting like spoiled children , were they not taught manners and respect. I will be a fan of the TALK show as at least that show has fun,
entertaining and manners and doesn't ask guests on show to embarass them or just be
rude. the view is just gotten meaner with age. they need to take a pill and chill
bye bye view Hello the TALK I am upgrading my life and values by changing my station to watch.
Until this interview I was a fan of Barbara Walters, and even proud when my daughter did a biography report on her. I was never a fan of Star Jones, and disagreed with her position on many things. However... I was disgusted with what I saw during the interview. I saw bitterness ooze from Ms Walters, a woman I had considered had poise. Conversely, I saw Ms Jones manage the session with class. (I am still not a fan.)