ABC Told Star Jones To Lie!

June 30th, 2006 // 42 Comments

But she’s a lawyer! She can’t lie. I mean, isn’t being on The View equal to being under oath? What is said on that stage is sacred. For Barbara Walters and ABC to ask a lawyer, yes Star Jones, to lie and save face, is unbelievable.

On last night’s edition of Larry King Live, Star Jones told Larry that she could make up a story about why she was leaving, and the her colleagues would go along with it. “They said you can make up a story,” Reynolds said. “The audience didn’t deserve for me to make up a story. That’s not fair.” This was only to save Star the embarrassment of letting the world know what the world knows already – the public is sick of her. Asked about how she felt about the whole ordeal:

“I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t tell you I was hurt,” she said.

Asked to finally set the record straight on whether her recent 150-pound weight loss was partly due to surgery, she would only say, “Because of my health … I needed a full-scale medical intervention, and my doctors had to step in to save my life.”

The former lawyer-turned-TV-star said she would “work on my new television projects and roll my sleeves up and get right back into working on child advocacy.”

Jones’ star fading, pros warn [NY Daily News]

By Miu von Furstenberg
  1. Mark

    I love to see people who are so full of themselves fall from what little grace they had in the first place.

  2. ohreally

    I suppose the breast implant surgery was also a medical intervention to save her life — that is, to save her from a life of obscurity (which she is destined for now anyway, thank heavens.)

  3. Sheila

    I liked Star a long time ago when she was heavier. She laughed a lot and cracked more jokes. Then she turned serious. Still, I don’t hate her.

    Star has worked hard to get where she is, so I don’t want to see her life destroyed, like a lot of you do. Unfortunately, it’s hard enough for well-loved blacks to “make it” in the entertainment industry, let alone someone who has fallen from grace. At least she did get a good education. She can always fall back on that.

  4. priscilla

    ISN’T IT TRUE , THAT MOST MEDIA INCLUSIVE OF BLOGS , ARE AFRAID OF THE BACKLASH THEY WOULD UNLEASH , IF THEY PRINTED SOMETHING FAIR ABOUT STAR. BOTTOM LINE SHE BEAT BABS AT HER OWN GAME . I’VE NEVER SEEN THE VIEW , ALL I KNOW ABOUT STAR IS WHAT THE MEDIA WRITES. I HAVE NEVER READ HER BOOK , SHE STATED ON LARRY KING , THAT SHE ALWAYS SAID SHE HAD A MEDICAL INTERVENTION ( I.E SURGERY ) SHE SAIDS THIS IS IN HER BOOK. THE TRUTH IS WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE PLAY WHISPER DOWN THE LANE. ISN’T IT JUST LIKE THE MEDIA. REMEMBER IT IS ENTERTAINMENT TO HAVE SUCH HATRED TO SOMEONE U DO NOT EVEN KNOW,IS SILLY …

  5. priscilla

    ISN’T IT TRUE , THAT MOST MEDIA INCLUSIVE OF BLOGS , ARE AFRAID OF THE BACKLASH THEY WOULD UNLEASH , IF THEY PRINTED SOMETHING FAIR ABOUT STAR. BOTTOM LINE SHE BEAT BABS AT HER OWN GAME . I’VE NEVER SEEN THE VIEW , ALL I KNOW ABOUT STAR IS WHAT THE MEDIA WRITES. I HAVE NEVER READ HER BOOK , SHE STATED ON LARRY KING , THAT SHE ALWAYS SAID SHE HAD A MEDICAL INTERVENTION ( I.E SURGERY ) SHE SAIDS THIS IS IN HER BOOK. THE TRUTH IS WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE PLAY WHISPER DOWN THE LANE. ISN’T IT JUST LIKE THE MEDIA. REMEMBER IT IS ENTERTAINMENT TO HAVE SUCH HATRED TO SOMEONE U DO NOT EVEN KNOW,IS SILLY …

  6. ZONETTE

    ISN’T IT TRUE , THAT MOST MEDIA INCLUSIVE OF BLOGS , ARE AFRAID OF THE BACKLASH THEY WOULD UNLEASH , IF THEY PRINTED SOMETHING FAIR ABOUT STAR. BOTTOM LINE SHE BEAT BABS AT HER OWN GAME . I’VE NEVER SEEN THE VIEW , ALL I KNOW ABOUT STAR IS WHAT THE MEDIA WRITES. I HAVE NEVER READ HER BOOK , SHE STATED ON LARRY KING , THAT SHE ALWAYS SAID SHE HAD A MEDICAL INTERVENTION ( I.E SURGERY ) SHE SAIDS THIS IS IN HER BOOK. THE TRUTH IS WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE PLAY WHISPER DOWN THE LANE. ISN’T IT JUST LIKE THE MEDIA. REMEMBER IT IS ENTERTAINMENT TO HAVE SUCH HATRED TO SOMEONE U DO NOT EVEN KNOW,IS SILLY …

  7. Sudoku

    Star Jones has fallen and fallen hard. To be on Larry King the next day is unbelievable. She was trying to save face, but failed miserably. She should just GO!!! Please just GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Small Fry

    I love that this cow can’t lie about her job, but she’ll lie until the cows come home (pun intended) about how she lost the weight. Unbelievable how she picks and chooses when to be “honest” about things.

  9. Kat

    I think Barbara Walters Is a old crusty bitch..

  10. anti

    Actaully, Star Jones lookes a little better now. Maybe she will be better off not being on the view. it seems nobody liked her on that show. We will see.

  11. Tammi

    lol..She is a old crusty bitch and so is Joy the big mouth from the view..Both of those ladies just need to leave..

  12. tom

    The View sucks..After I heard Rosie the super fat sicko was going to be on there I said Never again will I watch that show.Rosie gives me the creeps..Mean old Fat BITCH

  13. kel

    Fast ass Rosie need to loose weight..Rosie is just a bitch Why would she go off on Star like that..unless she is jealous cause she still is a fat ass bitch who has a big mouth.

  14. maryanne29

    She doth protest too much.

  15. rob

    I have always found Star to be an over-opinionated mouth-peice on the view, however I couldn’t help but side with her over this bru-ha-ha.
    Being fired in that manner after 9 years, for whatever reasons is uncalled for.
    Her decision to be honest as to why she was leaving the show strikes me both an attempt to garner attention for herself and dispell any notion that this was a choice of her own volition. And since it wasn’t, why should she?
    Also, the hypocracy of Rosie saying Star SHOULD talk about how she lost weight given the fact Rosie kept her private life private while she was on her own show is rediculous.

  16. urbancowgrl

    I liked Star less when she was over weight. I tseemed like she was always compensating for the way she looked by always reminding us–”I am a lawyer”. She’s been doing less of that lately. So what if she’s telling her side or beat Barbara at her own game? Good for her for standing up for herself. She has dignity and she’s taking care of herself first. Why should she do BW a favor? BTW-If You think Star was a pain in the ass and too abrasive, wait till Rosie shows up.

  17. Equinox

    So she worked there for 9 years and was fired. Big deal. It happens to “regular” people all the time. If you aren’t getting the job done, you are fired, no matter how long you have worked there.

    Star lies when it suits her. The “interview” with Larry was a joke.

    PS. Priscilla: What page of her book (that you admit you didn’t read) does she state she had surgery to lose the weight?

  18. LF

    I usually dislike Star Jones and the manner in which she handles certain situations. She’s usuually completely obnoxious and full of her self; however in this case I have to agree with her. ABC and Barbara Walters are being complete asses.

  19. Urbancowgrl

    Rob: EXCELLENT point–Rosie kept the fact that she was a lesbian private for YEARS. What people choose to keep private is their choice and Rosie has no business calling Star out on how she lost weight. I wonder how Rosie would have reacted if a fellow lesbian was insisting that Rosie was a lesbian on national TV and with such anger. That bitch got lucky when she hit it big.

  20. DW

    Can Starr please just go away!!!! Enough is enough already–who cares!

  21. Jen

    Who cares? Why do we care about Starr Jones-Reynolds anyway? She never made much of an impression with me on the show.
    Give me a break, she was a has-been months ago when it was rumored that she was leaving. Seriously, I thought she was already gone since I don’t watch the show anymore (at work).
    I don’t care who she is, what she’s done etc. She’s a nasty looking woman with a very nasty attitude. Period

  22. Grier

    i don’t know what’s so nasty looking about her but i think barbara walters and ABC have been pretty nasty in this particular case

  23. Physician

    Don’t ask me what i’m doing on here..it’s my day off.
    Every individual has a right to confidentiality when it pertains to their medical information
    So I think there is a limit to what the public can demand to know about Star’s medical history

  24. Tilly

    Yup..i’m sure these bitches won’t want ppl knowing abt the nasty diseases they get..Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, herpes, crabs etc

  25. Tilly

    Leave Star alone…..I hate Barbara Walters…imagine what you’d feel like if you got fired and your employer told you to wrap yourself around the situation because it’s just business…BARBARA IS AN EVIL BITCH!!

  26. dhanni

    thanks Rob for pointing out that Rosie kept hidden for years her sexual orientation. In the end, Star will be fine and go on to better things…she’s a smart women with a law degree and like she said she knows who holds her future. I can’t stand Barbara Walters and it’s so good to see Star taking the high road and not getting into a cat fight with BW. Now if they would just get rid of that bitch Joy Behar…I really can’t stand her!

  27. Oola

    I saw Star on TV after she left the View. She was having lunch with Al and friends at a restaurant and looked happy. The tension on the set must have been so thick those final days. What a relief for all involved.

    I don’t think Star is going to do anything else major in TV unless another network decides to come to Star’s rescue. Someone might deliberately do it just to get back at Walters.

    You are ALL right about Rosie. Ugh! She’s a militant! She’s so rigid and staunch in her views. I might tune in just to see how it goes, to see if I can stand her. I want to see if Rosie can tone it down.

    Whether Star lost weight by diet and exercise or surgery, what’s the big deal? Rosie made too much out of it, which leads me to believe that she was just plain ole jealous.

  28. Stinga

    Star mirked Barbara and ABC. If anything ABC and Barbara need to go quietly in the night. Barbara is MAD cause she can’t control Star. Mad because this will show a damanging side of her. Now that the TRUTH is out. Barbara looks like a petty, small, conniving and withering old wench. Star handled herself with class and grace. For that she should be commended.

  29. JosephD

    Rosie is sickening and digusting. She is an angry, abusive woman. I can’t believe Babs is putting her on her show. Babs is obviously going senile cuz I can’t see how this is good for the show.

  30. Tipper

    wow….it’s nice to kno that being black means you’re “nasty lookin” like someone up there^ has said.

    anyways, i think Barbara Walters is an old, miserable BITCH.

    and finally, Rosie is a fool for thinkin she has the right to ridicule people in the media….i mean come the fuck on…she’s a fat, ugly, middle-aged LESBIAN….targets don’t come any easier…oh well…

  31. CS

    I have really enjoyed “The View” in the past. Meredith was awesome, and the group’s personalities were so diverse, that I thought the whole show a good concept. When I heard M. was leaving for the Today show, I thought, good for them and their choice in her as co-host, and too bad for View.
    THEN, I heard big-mouthed, repulsive Rosie was her replacement? Maybe she could replace Joy, (loud and ‘comic’), but Meredith… clever and intellegent? No way.
    Star leaving? Big deal. And ‘getting fired’? No, her contract wasn’t renewed. That happens every day in the business world.
    Not that it matters. I think we should all wager on how long the View will now last. I give it one more season, tops with Rosie Ugh in the lead seat. Bon Voyage, girls. The View was nice while it lasted…

  32. WAITAMINUTE

    people, pls pay attention…Star is not makin a big deal of being fired..Babs is…Star was goin to continue comin to the show til July 13, when she was supposed to.

    I am sick and tired of people makin it seem like Star is makin a big deal of this when she really isnt…geez.

  33. Isabel

    What’s wrong with Rosie? I do not – I repeat, DO NOT believe she is happy. Yes, she loves her girlfriend and adores the kids, but I believe she’s still very unhappy with herself. When you see Rosie on shows, her insecurities really show. Her body language reveals that she is uncomfortable with her size. I also think that overall, she’s not well-liked. Kathy Griffin said something one of her shows about Sharon Stone making an unflattering remark about Rosie–led me to believe that Sharon and Rosie are not friends.

    Maybe Rosie should get a bypass surgery too. Im sure that she’d feel a lot better. It’s better than going through life angry and bitter.

  34. Cafe Milan

    I also liked the way the old show was. Now with all the additions and subtractions of their hosts its not gonna be the same. : (

    And Rosie O’Donnell! Spare me! I read in a previous post about someone that used to work with her and how she behaved and I agree that’s how its gonna be on The View. She’s gonna use the show for her anger and grandstanding.

    Babs ur a nut! All of the petting and sweetness isn’t gonna stop Rosie! What were u thinking?? Time to retire to the home!

  35. laura Dailey

    It’s just sad to watch Star Jones hang herself on national “TV. Well, not really sad so much as a fiasco of such negligible proportion that her future will remain ever tied to the fact that she just could do the honorable thing. She should have just kept her mouth SHUT, or better really, she should put a sandwich in it….she looks awful. Medical intervention to save her life, my ass. Just too damn lazy to do it on her own.

  36. laura Dailey

    It’s just sad to watch Star Jones hang herself on national “TV. Well, not really sad so much as a fiasco of such negligible proportion that her future will remain ever tied to the fact that she just could not do the honorable thing. She should have just kept her mouth SHUT, or better really, she should put a sandwich in it….she looks awful. Medical intervention to save her life, my ass. Just too damn lazy to do it on her own.

  37. Pam

    Laura, Star tried different healthy ways (even on the show) to lose weight, so I don’t think she was lazy. Unfortunately, nothing worked for her. That’s how I knew she’d had the bypass. She suddenly started losing weight rapidly. Star also tried to find a husband. I remember seeing a show that had her going on dates. I believe that her husband Al is an opportunist. Before meeting him, she was dating different men, but wasn’t having any luck in the marriage department. If my memory serves me correctly, she had just started losing weight when Al threw her a “line” at a party.

    I think people are more disgusted about her husband than anything else. I think the weight thing is minor. She presented herself as an intelligent, educated woman who has a lot of good sense, but her marriage to Al shatters that whole image. Lets face it, Star got desperate, but she has too huge of an ego to admit it. Now she wants everyone to believe that her husband is just “everything” she ever wanted in a man. The way she went on and on about being so proud to take on his last name was nauseating. I’m sure Joy and Barbara were really getting irritated, since they are older and have been around the block.

    When Star was single and having sex with different men, you didn’t hear much about religion. After meeting Al, the subject constantly creeps into her conversations. She’s trying too hard to make everyone believe she’s in a fairytale marriage. It’s very difficult to constantly be in the presence of people who are acting fakey. That’s why I think the girls at The View became disenchanted with Star.

  38. Laks

    Rosie is a fat, ugly, big mouth that no one wants to hear. The View now sucks! Star was the best thing on the View. Barbara is a GREEDY MONEY HUNGRY saggy old fart that needs to retire. Are we ready for the countdown on the cancellation of The View? It will last about a month after Rosie comes off then it’s over. I think Barbara got rid of Meredith also because Meredith was stealing her spot light.

  39. Rebecca O.

    I am on the side of Star … and Rosie. But I am not in favor of anything that Barbara Walters has done in this situation.

    Often people who leave high-profile jobs say that they are leaving for greener pastures — no one wants to admit they have been fired. So that’s what ABC offered. They did fire her (telling someone who has a job that they no longer have a job is firing them. The point in this is that it was “without cause” meaning she can get unemployment, if she should care to apply for it) whether they want to call it that or not. And she did not SAY she was fired. Can anyone else READ ENGLISH? She said her contract was not renewed and she understood that it was a business decision. But PEOPLE magazine asked how it made her FEEL … and it made her FEEL LIKE SHE WAS FIRED.

    It’s a distinction, but it is what was said.

    For Barbara to be upset because Star announced it two days early? Ridiculous. Barbara is the Executive Producer, along with Bill Getty, of that program. If she didn’t want Star gone (and by her own reports, she was resisting the order from ABC since December 2005) then she did not have to agree to ABC’s demands. She’s BARBARA WALTERS! Are we supposed to believe that she doesn’t control her own show? A show she created? ABC does not want to upset BW. IF she wanted Star to stay, Star would still be there. But BW didn’t want Star there anymore, that’s the truth. What she is upset about it that her perfect sendoff, where everyone looked good to the public, didn’t work because Star told the truth.

    And someone mentioned Kathy Griffin? My friends and I have been discussing one of her specials in which she dissed Star for not admitting she was fired from her red carpet job with E! … what would KG say now? When Star HAS admitted the truth?.

    Finally as far as the weight loss and trolling for freebies for her wedding? The weight loss: that is a private issue. Just because we all saw it happening, does not make it our business. True, she did not come right out and say “I had surgery” … but if I was in that position, I wouldn’t necessarily want to reveal that either. Surgery does not always work: some people die; some people gain the weight back anyway; and some people see it as such an act of desperation, they look down on those who do it. She didn’t owe her personal health issue truths to the public. For Rosie O’Donnell to say that was wrong. But Rosie, who kept her own sexual truths hidden for years, is an advocate for large women. She understood that there was hurtful things about Star not admitting she had surgery. Not Star’s fault, but true nevertheless. SO Rosie advocated, but put too much on Star. I recall being upset when that Wilson girl had the surgery and advocated FOR it. I know people who had it and DIED. So I was disgusted. TO that end, Star had a responsibility … if she said she did it, and women did it following her example and DIED … what would that mean? Also, as she said on Larry King — no one can tell you how to lose weight — you must find your own path. I agree. And so, though I would have liked to hear about her experience, I don’t feel that she owed it to me to tell about it. I feel Rosie, with good intentions, was wrong to attack Star.

    Perhaps she dislikes Star because she believes Star’s husband is gay, and that is an issue with Rosie, yes? Someone who is gay who pretends not to be? Or perhaps Al is trying to be straight? I don’t think this is possible, but if he wants to, who am I to tell him not to?

    And Star answered the questions about freebies for her wedding: ABC made the calls and asked, she did not. I never heard her plug any companies on the show. I don’t watch all the time, but frequently, so that strikes me as something ABC used because it sounded possible, rather than actually being the truth. They are lying in their statements, as Star revealed. They didn’t tell her until April, yet claim to have told her earlier.

    Finally, how disgusting is it that Barbara had ABC call Star’s agent to tell her the contract was not being renewed? For people as close as they were? I mean, they not only did the show, but traveled together — they went to Oprah’s LEGENDS BALL together … I’m personally disgusted by BW’s behavior on that. Tell her to her face. Let HER be the first to hear it. The leaks to the press in November, and Bill Getty lying to Star about it all … more poor behavior that has me disliking Bill, Barbara, and ABC very much.

    I’ll be watching Rosie’s debut in September. But I don’t believe that BW will enjoy having her there as much as she seems to think she will. Then again, perhaps their plan is to fire Elizabeth and Joy, too, and just recreate The ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW. After all, ABC offered RO $50 million for one more year … perhaps this is their sneaky way of ending THE VIEW and getting Rosie’s show back … stranger things have happened!

  40. Smarties

    I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY BARBARA CAN’T FESS UP ABOUT FIRING STAR AND WHY SHE NEEDS TO BLAME ABC? THAT’S THE REAL FIASCO
    WHY ARE AMERICANS SO HATEFUL?? DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH THE COUNTRY’S HISTORY
    LET’S MAKE A CHANGE TODAY..WE CAN DO IT!

  41. Pam

    Well said, Rebecca O!

  42. taw

    FAT angery big-mouthed, repulsive Rosie and old nauseating senile Barbara Walters belong with each other..UNDER A ROCK..

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