Media Spat Erupts Between Star Jones and Barbara Walters


A media spat has erupted between former The View co-hosts Barbara Walters and Star Jones over Barbara Walters’ recent appearance on the Oprah Show to promote her new memoir Audition. On the Oprah Show Walters talked in detail about the two tumultuous years on The View involving Star Jones leaving and Rosie O’Donnell’s stint on the show.

Revealing that Star Jones was once the show’s most popular host, Walters told Oprah that after Jones drastic weight loss (and gastric bypass  cover up) and turning into "bridezilla" during her wedding plans/promotion that audiences no longer felt they could relate to her and that ABC would not renew her contract. Enter Rosie O’Donnell’s roller coaster year on The View.

Responding to Barbara’s interview with Oprah Star told Us Magazine “It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book. It speaks to her true character.” Perez Hilton is reporting that in Barbara Walters reps have released a statement saying  "I will not dignify this with a comment. Barbara’s written words say it all!"

What do you think?

Media Spat Erupts Between Star Jones and Barbara Walters

  • Star needs to give it a rest already. (35%, 102 Votes)
  • Good for Star standing up for herself! (25%, 72 Votes)
  • Barbara has every right to sell her story. (25%, 73 Votes)
  • Barbara shouldn't be telling show secrets. (15%, 42 Votes)

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  1. Profile photo of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    Barbara ought to be ASHAMED of herself. She broke the "Ho Code", if you sleep with someone you don’t have any business sleeping with you keep it to yourself! And I am so sick and tired of this once someone loses weight the audience can’t "relate to them" mess. They said that same crap about Oprah. So what, they should stay fat and relatable and fall dead from diabetes??? 

    Star embarked on a private medical procedure that she didn’t feel like talking about early on and people like Rosie O’ Hypocrite (she who admonished Tom Selleck about guns when he came on to talk koosh balls, yet had armed guards to protect her family) criticized her for not coming clean about her weight loss (jealous much?) and when Babs saw the opportunity to have Rosie come on, she threw Star to the wolves because Rosie couldn’t play nice and share. Plain and simple. Rosie is a control freak who would rather go up against a lightweight like Elisabeth. Politically I line up with most of Rosie’s beliefs, but she had me feeling sorry for Elisabeth because of Rosie’s penchant for steam rolling everyone with her views. I was SO proud when Elisabeth gave her the what for in that notorious debate.  Star intimidated Rosie so she wanted her off and Babs went along and it came back to bite her royally. If ABC didn’t want her to promote her doggone wedding, why did they let her???? So now they have Sherri, a watered down version of Star, minus the intellect, Snort. Barbara used to be one of my idols, but more and more she is proving to be just like everyone else in Hollyweird, out for NUMERO UNO!

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    Regan Cellura

    The only thing Jay that I thought Star did irresponsibly was tell viewers she achieved her weight loss with pilates and portion control.  I understand that her medical procedure was her own business however, she lost a drastic amount of weight and on national television.  

    Other than that… BW is trying to sell books, simple as that.

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    daisyclover1938

    Good for Star!! I’m on her side on this one!

    Babs has a right to say what she wants regarding her love affair and making comments about Star, BUT if she’s going to do that, she better expect for some mud to fly right back in her face. Star is absolutely right about this. Babs is choosing to promote her book by discussing salacious aspects of her life and my bashing Star, and that’s pretty crass and very much beneath a person of her stature.

    Regarding Star and her weight loss, it was no one’s business how she lost the weight, and she made it clear that one of the reasons she chose not to discuss it was because she didn’t want to essentially become a “spokesperson” for any particular procedure. There was no need for some people to attack her so savagely when she wouldn’t reveal her weight loss method. First she’s punished for being overweight, then she’s punished for losing the weight.

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    I have to speak up for Barbara then. I used to be one of those people who stood up for star but I have to say that Star needs to shut the hell up.

    Barbara Walters is telling the story of HER life, what SHE experienced and her feelings during that time. Star Jones had every and took any opportunity to spin the facts in her favor and Barbara sat back and only defended herself.

    The lack of character is on Star Jones, who admitted on her own CANCELLED talk show that she did force everyone to lie because she could cop with her not being able to control her own weight. All Barbara did was tell her side of the story. If the bitch was a bit more honest instead of crowing about the advantages of Pilates and portion control and just said I need gastric bypass to save my life she would get some respect from me. Is she still referring to it as a “medical intervention.”

    I don’t like the fact that Barbara is getting attacked because she wanted to protect that beasts feelings. I don’t care what anyone has to say but Star Jones needs to sit her cottage cheese ass down and stop WHORING herself for publicity, and actually pay for something instead of trying to get every damn thing free.

    I do believe Barbara wished her dumb ass well too. Ungrateful cow!

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    Star asked everyone to lie her Gastric Bypass. In fact, the gave Star a chance to go with some class and she chose to leave with like a fool. Where is that helping Star’s career. She’ll be only TruTV’s go to lawyer for 6 seconds and that’s it.

    As for Barbara, she’s always going to be legendary but it’s her life to tell as she wants. Now she’s telling the absolute truth and it’s a problem. I’m sure there is more that that tawdry if anyone cared to read it. These are the stories that get press. If Star Jones has a problem she could always join forces with Rosie O’Donell. Or she could sit down and be grateful that she still has a tiny shot at a career in show business.

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    Come on, Star’s career in Televison was about OVER when BW came in and reenergized her career. Yes she’s educated, yes she’s even a good personality to watch when she’s not talking about people with righteous indignation but she needed the view like a crack head needed a hit and she got the chance to do what I believe she loves, being a public figure. Her wedding to AL surely proves that.

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    THEBEST

    I totally think that Star was thrown under the bus for Rosie. I am on Star’s side, always has been.

    ***///Living In The World Of Soaps Since 1985\\\***

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    daisyclover1938

    If you’re going to say that Star is wh♥ring herself for publicity you’d have to say the same about Barbara Walters. Yes, they BOTH have the right to talk about whatever they want to, but why do you think Babs is talking about Star Jones?? Do you think the Star vs. Barbara drama was a pivotal moment in her career? Do you think it was an important, life changing event for her? Of course not!! It’s gossip that everyone wants to hear, so Barbara is taking advantage of that to publicize her book. Therefore, like I posted earlier, she can say what she wants, but she better be ready to take some flack for it. And frankly, do you think Babs is minding any of this?? She’s getting more free publicity for her book, so I’m sure she’s loving. Yet again, she threw Star under the bus to make herself look better.

    And it was no one’s business how Star lost her weight. Why did people care so much? Why was it necessary for people to be so focused on her weight to begin with? Can you imagine how difficult it would have been to have to listen to people make comments like the ones posted on here? So what if she was hoping people would think she lost weight the old fashioned way? There’s a stigma attached to people who have weight loss surgery (like, they did it the “easy way,” or they “cheated”) and maybe Star didn’t want to deal with that. Maybe she just wanted to feel good about herself, without becoming a spokesperson for a certain procedure. I don’t think she should have been verbally maligned for it.

    Star is an incredibly intelligent beautiful woman, who’s going through a difficult time in her life right now (too bad Barbara Walters couldn’t be sensitive to that). I know that she will continue to be successful no matter what path she chooses.

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    Oh Jay, do you have your facts confused or what?

    Rosie was contacted to headline the view AFTER it was mandated by suits at ABC to get rid of Jones. At that time it would have been 3 people at the table with Jones fired. If anyone had a problem it was Star at Rosie. If you remember Rosie made some comments about Star at the time because of the surgery and she also called Al Reynolds gay.

    Let’s get that part straight (no pun intended)

    Barbara shouldn’t have lied. I agree. She should have shown star the door on Thanksgiving when they decided not to renew her contract. Focus groups got Star fired but BW should have been honest about the firing.

    But… Star didn’t just promote herself she made herself a pitchwoman on ABC’s dime. Not cool when they are paying your salary. Oprah, Bill Gates, Donald Trump and Tyler Perry have the good sense to promote themselves in their OWN vehicles. Star should promote herself but on her own time. Not during her work hours. It’s about respect.

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    Luke Kerr

    I also think it’s interesting that in her interview with Oprah that Barbara admitted that her interviewing wasn’t as good as it used to be because now, and I’m paraphrasing, she feels bad asking people hard questions. That TOALLY goes with what were were talking about in another post about how her interviews aren’t what they used to be.

    As for Barbara vs. Star I think that Babs telling about what happened on The View is fair game since it is a TV show afterall just as Star has every right to respond to Babs comments about her and defend herself. There are always going to be two sides to a story and they each have plenty of entertainment coverage to beable to tell theirs.

    Personally, my issue with this whole thing is Barbara using her affair with a black Senator as the big tease to get people to read. The man lost the election because of his divorce from the woman he was married 2 at the time of his affair with her and now years later this man is now happily married and has a family. How many times can Barbara cause problems for him? IMO Barbara should have NEVER brought this up. Can you imagine what his family and children are going through? There are just some things that shouldn’t be made public by someone, even if it is to sell a memoir.

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    I do believe that Star Jones is a small portion of the book at large. It’s just funny that Barbara seems to be the bad guy when she helped star become the star she seems to think she is now.

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    The fact that Star was OUT was not made known until way after the EMMY’s if you recall everyone was denying it at the time.

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    Jamey Giddens

    And another thing, who the hell was ROSIE who gushed about her crush on Tom Cruise for half a decade to call Al "Big Gay Al"???? She stayed in the closet so long enough to make 100 million dollars off of Middle America, then she decided she had a right to be the voice of gay people everywhere. Give me Ellen ANY DAY.

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    daisyclover1938

    Star being on The View was a mutually beneficial arrangement for both Star and Babs. Star, imo, was a key factor in The Views initial success.

    Babs chose Star to be on the show because of what Star could bring to the table, Star wasn’t a charity case. It’s not like Babs was pulling a Henry Higgins and pulled Star out of the gutter.

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    Barbara is using it or was it Oprah pimping out that fact to pump up her own show’s ratings. I noticed that it was Oprah that lead with that star and even devoted a couple segments to it. It was an important time in her life. So important that she wrote it down in her autobiography. It happened of 30years ago yet we’re talking about it like it happened yesterday.

    This book is over 300 pages I doubt that part of her life took up more than a chapter.

    Just because your ashamed doesn’t mean that other people can’t learn from your life. It this teaches anything it says nobody is perfect. She made it known to Edward Brooke that she was going to write about it and HE’s fine with it. His family has already been notified from way before. She didn’t blindside him.

    As for being ashamed maybe she should be. But that doesn’t overshadow her accomplishments and what she has done for female journalists.

    It’s not like she’s a chemist who slept her way through an entire family. She’s a real woman being real honest about who she was and now is.

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    myfavoritesoaps

    GO TEAM BABS GO!!!! They are both hoes but seriously there is no competition really…

    Star Jones is yesterday’s news. She once was respectable, but the View only showed us her true colors when she found out what she could get for herself as a celebrity. She’s a greedy cow, fat or skinny. This recent court show of Star’s? Flop. Star’s image has been soiled for a while now. With her great life changes, she handled it all without grace or class. We all cheered for her to be finding happyness, and she let us down. I used to like her a lot actually…for many years she added a unique voice to the panel. Too bad stuff went to her head so quickly! The lying about surgery? The wedding? She was shameless and dishonest with herself, and it showed. Guess what? We are fickle as a viewing audience, and she was like poison to the live television atmosphere well before the end of her run. People were tuning out b/c of her crap!

    Barbara is clearly a living legend, and has every right to tell it as she remembers it. The woman is not only a pioneer for women in journalism in the 70’s and beyond, but she’s also a pioneer for working mothers in the workplace. She reveals her pain about her childhood and sister very candidly and honestly, and I applaud her candor. It’s refreshing.

    I am willing to bet that the ABC execs didnt want Babs to say half the stuff she did about the View. But here’s the thing… as we talk about with daytime all the time, the producers and execs are feared as the big bosses. Daytime needs all the help it can get, and everyone knows it, so everyone kisses ass to keep their jobs.

    But with Babs? What can the producers or execs like Bill Geddy say? She is Barbara Walters, it’s HER book, HER life, HER publicity, she can say whatever the F she wants! LOL

    Now she’s leaving on a book tour. Of course it’s all about making money…*rolls eyes*…we ALL live in a world where whoring yourself takes many forms besides the obvious sexual definition. We say things we may not beleive to get people to invest in us both personally and professionally. In this case? That’s showbiz!!!

    Barbara is in her twilight years, very successful, and deserves celebration for an amazing career. All of America (and Toronto! shout out!!) will come out in droves to pay her the respect that she clearly deserves.

    What’s Star going to be doing during the book tour? Trying desperately to milk all of the free publicity she can get from Barbara’s publicity machine. She’s single now, so she’s out in the streets in her hooker boots looking for work til she can snag a rich husband who isn’t gay!!! ;)

    They are both hoes, but Babs is my girl anyday. I’ll be watching her with Charlie Gibson on the ABC news special tonight. Celebrate the moments of your life! Good and Bad!

    GO TEAM BARBARA GO!!!

    :P

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    How condescending. I realize that but this is OPRAH. The rules don’t always apply. And considering that this was a major port to publicize her memoir I doubt that that was done considering the times she was caught off guard during that interview.

    And who, by chance did she trash in her book? Star Jones? Not! Ed Brooke? Not.

    Rosie? NOT

    She told her truth from her point of view. She named ONE name. It’s not like she had a long rap sheet of affairs under her belt.

    If she veiled it EVERYONE would know it was immediately. It was 30 years ago he was the ONLY, the FIRST black senator at the time. It would have been stupid to do so.

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    myfavoritesoaps

    She IS yesterday’s news, but she’s also a train wreck. Of course the bloggers will post her, its’ their jobs! Who doesnt love watching a trainwreck failure celebrity come back for more in the gossip rags/blogs. Like I said, you can bet Star will milk every drop anyway she can :)

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    I’m pretty sure the book would have been a best seller without that part of her life in it but someone else would have put it down on paper anyway. It was beginning to leak back then as well.

    Once again I say to you it’s a part of Barbara’s life. She has every right to discuss in HER OWN book the ups and downs. The good and the bad. She had an affair with the man. If his grandchildren ask if the old man in front of them cheated on their grandmother with the blaze trailing famous old woman on TV then maybe he should have thought about conducting HIMSELF a little better. When you’re in the public eye you know longer have privacy.

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    Yes but checking dat ass means that you have been done wrong and Star Jones was not done wrong. She was exposed and she realizes she can’t cover own ass by lying so she has to take a cheap shot. Cheap…Star Jones. I guess they really do go together like hand and glove.

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    myfavoritesoaps

    Why, because her show was cancelled and she got divorced??? Then I supposed everyone in Hollywood is a train wreck. Star isn’t crashing her car into posh nightclubs or showing her twat, or driving around with children unbuckled in the back seat, shaving her head or what not. Train wrecks have heroine addictions or have to have their fathers take control of their assets. Star is no train wreck.

    She sure as hell is a trainwreck, just not by your definition. Ever since her weight loss began, with each passing day, and each pound lost, she started losing her dignity and self respect. She became vain and shallow and as her body got smaller, her head only got bigger. The wedding was the cream on top to confirm what we all knew.

    Whether there is a needle in her arm or not, she’s an absolute mess. She’s pathetic, and has gone from the B list to the C list in my opinion.

    At least Kathy Griffen is straight up about her status( I LOVE HER :)) while she sits on the D list. Star would like to think she’s up on the A list with Babs, but she’s not. She’s delusional and shameless, and that my friend makes her a train wreck in my books.

    Look at the conversation this post is generating! WOW!

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    LOL I love Brooke. Don’t get me wrong I was just making a point that Babs is a real person who screws up from time to time unlike soap characters who’s job is to be continually messed up.

    As for working in television regularly I think Babs will be able to say it 55 times in a row before Star gets another good gig.

    Barbara doesn’t need R’s LOL She’s got talent.

    (Star does too. Remember I do indeed love Star. I watched Jones and Jury and her Court TV show as well and I was sad it ended because I knew it was her last chance at a good gig in TV. There’s always the law.)

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    LOL Kathy Griffin makes me laugh. Even though I had to step back at the suck comment. I still laughed though. I had to pray for a while after that.

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    myfavoritesoaps

    I loved Kathy until she told Jesus to “suck it”. God don’t like ugly.

    Kathy Griffen is brutally honest, pushes buttons and she can get ugly I agree. She is a truth teller. The truth can be really ugly, and that is what had everyone glued to Rosie and Elizabeth.

    It’s ugly, and it also makes for event television that I wont turn away from b/c i might feel offended or disagree. It’s the only way I still sit through Elizabeth Hasslebeck 5 days a week!! LOL The fact that she’s the voice for conservatives on the panel? They must roll their eyes at her. Now SHE is ugly. And naive. Nothing age wont fix Elizabeth! (I hope…lol)

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    DS9Sisko

    LOL, Jay, thank you!

    My 5 cents, if I may:

    As a loyal (if often appalled…LOL) watcher of The View, my recollection of just about everything that was going on at the time of Star’s announcement of her exit was fairly public knowledge and reported (in the gossip columns) regularly.

    Prior to Star’s announcement, the bad air was so thick on the televised show you could cut it with a knife. Joy, Barbara, and Elisabeth were noticeably uncomfortable and Star would continually brighten up for any time she had face time with the camera and then immediately looked like she’d rather be getting a colonoscipy than on that stage. Also, it wasn’t Barbara who first called Star “Bridezilla” but rather the gossip rags (Page Six) and those on the blogosphere. And finally, there was a lot of public speculation about Star not being forthcoming about how she lost all her weight so quickly long before anyone — including Star — said a word about it.

    When comparing all of the stories that erupted during and since that time, Star & Barbara actually recount much the same facts. But I say they are both full of doo doo because, like the skilled wordsmiths they are as a lawyer and journalist respectively, they are twisting the facts to make themselves look good. Here is what’s pretty clear to me, although I could be wrong:

    • ABC Daytime should have never allowed Star to publicize her wedding to Big Gay Al and turn it into a Nuptial-Thon. Barbara (who now says she and Bill Gedde were wrong) should have not allowed it. And Star, even with the blessing of the network, should never have taken it as far as she did.

    • Both Star and Babara lied about the full circumstances of Star’s weight loss. While Star absolutely had every right to her privacy about a medical procedure that was personal, if that was how she really felt then she should have not said anything at all instead of claiming that her weight loss was only due to pilates and excercise (only later admitting there was a “medical intervention”). The fact that Barbara went along with Star’s lie is JUST as bad because it dragged the other co-hosts into that toxic mix and disseminated inaccurate information to the audience at large. We are a weight and diet obssessed country and it is the responsibility of people in the public sphere to give out accurate information because people’s health is at stake. Or else shut the hell up and say “No comment.”

    • It was no business of Rosie to call Star out because it was none of Rosie’s business at all. Having said that, we all know Rosie ain’t right in the head and she’s said so herself (I lost track of the medications she herself said she was taking). The number of feuds she’s started out of righteous indignation should not and shouldn’t have surprised anybody.

    Perhaps this is the most salient issue of all. When tracking the timeline and everything everybody has said, there is one villian of the piece that hardly anyone ever mentions in the Star/Barbara/Rosie debacle:

    Brian Frons.

    Folk always point to The View being Barbara’s show, but The View is a co-owned venture between Barbara’s production company and ABC. The View falls under the umbrella of ABC Daytime. Because of this, Frons actually makes the final decisions about the show and its hosts. As we know, ABC is always (allegedly) doing tons of audience testing and this usually increases prior to the completion of contracts. This way the network knows if they want to renew, renegotiate, or cut. I think this part is mostly true in Barbara’s part of the story: the network did their testing and found — among The View’s core audience — Star just wasn’t likable or recognizable anymore. She wasn’t the fat sassy Black woman with whom they had grown comfortable. (and yes, that statement is loaded with connotation). So ABC, meaning Frons, knew they were not going to renew Star’s contract and started reaching out to Rosie….before officially breaking the news to Star.

    But guess what folks. Those rumors about Rosie coming on to the show were already out in public and Star had to have known the handwriting was on the wall. No one bought the fact that Rosie was just coming on to replace Meredith. Then the daytime Emmy’s came along and the announcement was made about Rosie and Star still had not been informed that she was out. So. Star. Got. Pissed. Off.

    Adding insult to injury was Frons asking Babs to tell Star the news about the non-renewal of Star’s contract after that fact. Perhaps because Star & Barbara were once close they thought it would go over better. That I cannot speak to. But by that point the damage had been done. And. Star. Wasn’t. Having. It.

    When Barbara/Bill Gedde/ABC-Frons offered to let Star tell any story she wanted to leave, that is extremely common in all kinds situations. The embezzling CEO resigns so he can “spend more time with his family.” The disgraced politician leaves office so he can “work on projects close to his heart.” The untalented actress is replaced because the writers want to “take the character in a different direction.” In this light, I don’t know why folks make a big deal out of Barbara/ABC telling Star she could use any story she wanted — if any –to save face. I more or less take them at their word on this…but…

    A lot of folks think that Star “took control” of the situation when she finally dropped the bombshell she was leaving. But she really did not. She apparently did agree to go along with the program…until she decided she didn’t want to anymore. And in so doing, she didn’t let anyone know what she was planning until it happened live on air. So, I can see how Barbara felt blindsided after trying to shield Star (Babs sure didn’t do so with Debbie Mentholtropolist, did she?) and I can see how Star felt aggrieved by having all of this stuff done behind her back…in front of her face. What makes this all sad and silly and boring is that these two accomplished women in their respective fields are acting out one of the most cliche dramas that that have been ascribed to women since time immemorial.

    But in the end, Star’s contract was not picked up (Barbara’s language) and Star was fired (Star’s language). Six of one and a half dozen of the other. But who was responsible?

    Brian Frons.

    THE EDGE OF NIGHT: 2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8iSeEE3FTQ

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    Now that Rosie is gone and isn’t screaming over everyone I can hear what Elisabeth is saying again and yep, I can’t stand her again! LOL I do think they need to add another conservative or at least a moderate, because three or four on one isn’t fair. But then Sherri is over there talking about the world is flat and that Jesus was born before the Dinosaurs so I guess she doesn’t even count.

    LOL re: Sherri! Bless her heart, gotta love her!

    The scary thing about Elizabeth is that has gotten stronger with her assertiveness. She’s like a yippy litle chihuahua trying to get her points in! She’s like the little sister who just doesnt get it right, and has to be shushed by the older smarter sisters. LOL.

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    But guess what folks. Those rumors about Rosie coming on to the show were already out in public and Star had to have known the handwriting was on the wall. No one bought the fact that Rosie was just coming on to replace Meredith. Then the daytime Emmy’s came along and the announcement was made about Rosie and Star still had not been informed that she was out. So. Star. Got. Pissed. Off.

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    I have to correct you on something. Star knew she was out before the Emmy’s.

    Star was told April 21st. Emmy’s were April 28th 2006.

    Hear it from Star herself.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=V_sF92RjeN0

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    Luke Kerr

    oh now there is a topic….Elisabeth coming into her own. I think that ever since the Rosie "slaying" she’s not afraid to speak her mind. Everyone else had hush hushed her for so long because her views were different than theirs that once she stood up for herself and opinions there was no going back to being the wallflower host. lol

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    Not the best advocate for the right. I like Elisabeth so much better when she’s talking about anything but politics. Her insistence on bringing up Rev Wright EVERY time Obama is mentioned makes her look like a gigantic nimrod.

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    Whoopi broke out a can of industrial strength Whoop-Ass brand whup ass on Elisabeth

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    LMAO! That’s is hilarious.

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    As someone who likes Rosie/Star/Barbara about equally (which is to say – eh, not much at all) I have to say that on this one I side with Star. Just look at what Barbara said about Rosie and Star! Yes, we all KNOW Rosie needs mental health help, but that doesn’t give Barbara the right to spout off about her “theory” that Rosie never got over her mother’s death and viewed Barbara like a mother figure who constantly disappointed her.

    Likewise, we all KNOW Star had gastric bypass but that doesn’t give Walters the right to start blabbing about it now. Of all the charges against Star, the one I’ve understood the least is all the hysteria about not admitting to the gastric bypass. I don’t think anybody was mislead. It was obvious that she went under the knife. It is still a medical procedure and it’s her right not to talk about every little detail. It’s her choice.

    I used to have nothing but respect for Walters, but that respect has been eroding year by year, largely because of The View. Barbara was talking out of both sides of her mouth, and the two-faced stuff came back to haunt her when Donald Trump started attacking Rosie by saying Barbara talked trash about her behind her back. The same thing happened with Star. Do we have any doubt now that Barbara was sowing the seeds of all this dissent by saying one thing publicly, another to Star/Rosie, a third thing to the ABC brass and a fourth thing to her pals? I don’t. I don’t always agree with the way Star and Rosie handled Barbara, but she had a choice about how she handled things publicly. Besides, after her initial ouster Star was pretty restrained. Rosie was not. Either way, it’s time for the view to end.

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    I think this is out of perspective because we’re talking about thing in the book and you have no idea how things affected her life. Rosie’s mental issues have been put out there by Rosie herself. It’s fair game.

    Now that Star has finally admitted to it the gastric bypass is fair game. I doubt if these were still faux secrets I’d doubt she’d reveal them.

    The fact that Barbara is an employee of ABC I doubt all the “lies” Barbara told people really happened because she did fire Star Jones. The network did.

    As far as Barbara handling things publicly I think this is the first time she has ever discussed these things. Before she had to defend her position on things.

    As for The View, I still see this show as viable considering the fact that it still sets out what is was meant to do. Different women from different sides of life telling their views on everything. People are still talking about and watching. I know that some people can’t stand the show or some of the people on it but it doesn’t mean that it should end.

    I can believe I’m defending this show or Barbara Walters because a year ago I felt differently than I do know. I had to step back from “being with Star” to actually see what actually happened. I had to look beyond the gossip and some lies to get to it but I actually am enjoying the View again. Maybe not Sherri Shepard so much but I still love it and I’ll defend it till I’m tired. LOL

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    Star said that she didn’t want to tell because of how people tend to base their decision on their own lives on what celebs do and since gastric bypass is a very serious medical procedure, she didn’t want people running out and getting it going "Star did it" and then have complications. She eventually said she had "medical intervention" but people like Rosie wouldn’t leave it at that. Rosie attacked her publicly about her weight loss, as if it was any of Rosie’s business! She loves to dish it, but can’t take it, as proved when The Donald told her how the cow ate the cabbage! LOL Everyone called Trump a bully, but they forget Rosie started it, but HE finished it. Not to mention that mess she pulled with sweet Kelly Ripa, calling her a homophobe for not wanting Clay Aiken to cover her mouth. Clay Aiken has never said he was gay, so how was Kelly a homophobe? A germaphobe maybe, but not a homophobe. I loved Rosie back on her talk show right up until she pulled that stunt with Tom Selleck. Then she went from bad to worse.

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    Star Jones had every and took any opportunity to spin the facts in her favor and Barbara sat back and only defended herself.
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    :O Barbara asked Star to LIE about why she was leaving the show. A JOURNALIST asking someone to lie, make that a JOURNALISM LEGEND. She wanted Star to go quietly into the night and good for Star that she didn’t! And now Barbara is talking crap about Star two years later! Star didn’t bring their situation back up, Barbara did, in order to hawk her tawdry little tell all. She went from journalism pioneer to Kitty Kelly in one swoop!

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    don’t care what anyone has to say but Star Jones needs to sit her cottage cheese ass down and stop WHORING herself for publicity
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    Star was a successful lawyer and commentator before Barbara hired her for The View. She didn’t need Barbara to succeed and again…Star didn’t bring all this back up, Barbara did.

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    Star being a lawyer has taken a backseat to her publicity mongering
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    Much like Barbara’s being a serious journalist has taken a backseat to her spending her twilight years poorly wrangling a three-ring media circus of revolving co-hosts.

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    Or she could sit down and be grateful that she still has a tiny shot at a career in show business.
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    Why on Earth should Star feel grateful to Babs for her career? This is an educated woman who was already working in journalism before Babs called. She didnt do Star any favors. It’s not like she was eating crickets on Survivor like Elisabeth.

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    Barbara Walters is not in the business of doing anyone favors. Ask Debbie Matenopolous, she brought Star on because she knew could successful "play" the diva part, which Star did to a hilt. And again, if ABC had such a problem with her "self promoting" during her wedding, why didn’t they put a stop to it? They gave her the rope that they used to hang her with. Star would still be sitting around that table with all those women talking over each other if Rosie hadn’t said she couldn’t work with Star. Rosie was scared of a strong, educated woman who wouldn’t take her mess so she forced ABC to get rid of her and Barbara had the audacity and shame to ask Star to lie about it all. How in the world is that allowing her to go with dignity? What part of lying and dignity go together? And why are so many people always in an uproar when someone promotes themself??? It never hurt Oprah, Bill Gates, Donald Trump or Tyler Perry. Why shouldn’t Star promote herself?

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    And I am SO glad this time Star didn’t take the high road. Other times she said things like Barbara was mentor and she would just leave it at that, but this time she had enough of her mess and called her out for being a tacky old lady airing her dirty laundry!

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    Oh Jay, do you have your facts confused or what?
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    It was announced at the Emmys that Rosie was going to The View. She was asked IMMEDIATELY by the press about the remarks she had made about Star and her weight and Rosie said she looked forward to working with Star and that there was room for everyone. All the while she was telling ABC she wouldn’t work with Star. Of course Rosie will never admit that, but even Stevie Wonder could see that’s what was going on.

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    Personally, my issue with this whole thing is Barbara using her affair with a black Senator as the big tease to get people to read. The man lost the election because of his divorce from the woman he was married 2 at the time of his affair with her and now years later this man is now happily married and has a family. How many times can Barbara cause problems for him? IMO Barbara should have NEVER brought this up. Can you imagine what his family and children are going through?
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    Thank you! Marilyn Monroe might have sang a nasty birthday song to Jack but she didn’t reveal all the tawdry details of their fling. Again Barbara ought to be ASHAMED.

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    The fact that Star was OUT was not made known until way after the EMMY’s if you recall everyone was denying it at the time.
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    Exactly my point! LMAO ABC wanted Star to lie and say SHE wanted to leave, not so they could allow her a "graceful exit", but so they could soften any potential backlash. And I am sure the negotiations with Rosie had been going on for weeks, if not months prior to Star’s ousting. It wasn’t a coincidence. No one can deny Rosie was a ratings draw for that show, but what Barbara Walters lost in integrity can never be regained or replaced by high demos.

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    I do believe that Star Jones is a small portion of the book at large. It’s just funny that Barbara seems to be the bad guy when she helped star become the star she seems to think she is now.
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    Hmmm, if Star is such a "small portion of the book" why is Babs on Oprah talking about her??? Why not her interview with some dignitary or something? No, she is pimping the three stories that will sell the book, her nasty, scandalous affair, and her battles with Star and Rosie.

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    .

    Babs chose Star to be on the show because of what Star could bring to the table, Star wasn’t a charity case. It’s not like Babs was pulling a Henry Higgins and pulled Star out of the gutter.
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    THANK YOU!

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    I do believe because Oprah brought it up!
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    Equarter, celebs require major talk show hosts to submit questions before hand. There is no way Babs didn’t approve this line of questioning, plus she already put it in her book. Babs, while I am upset with her, is one of the shrewdest women in media, she knew what the talking points of this book would be. Especially in today’s day of celeb journalism taking precedence over real journalism. And yes, I agree a person’s life lessons can help others, but you have to balance that with who can be hurt by your admissions of sin. If someone elses family and/or reputation can be trashed, why do it? Why not say a powerful, married black man, and not name names?

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    I do believe Star was pretty close to the gutter when Babs brought her along
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    Yep, a wildly successful ADA who rose to fame covering the OJ trial , who had also served as a legal analyst for Today was in the gutter. Whatever would she have done had Babs not come along? Give me a break. Babs knew Diane Sawyer was whipping that ass when it came to getting exclusives so she decided to do coffee talk and needed to surround herself with others to make it successful. I guarantee a daytime talk show starring Barbara alone would have tanked year one.

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    Star Jones is yesterday’s news.
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    LMAO So why do all the gossip blogs follow her around all day to document everytime she pulls her skirt out the crack of her behind??? If she is so old news why do Perez and all the other bloggers who swear they LOATHE her follow her relentlessly?

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    If she veiled it EVERYONE would know it was immediately. It was 30 years ago he was the ONLY, the FIRST black senator at the time. It would have been stupid to do so.
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    Well heaven forbid  she be "stupid", better yet that she cause some man’s grandchild to come up to him and ask "Paw Paw, did you cheat on Grandma with that old woman from The View???" all for the sake of book sales.

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    She IS yesterday’s news, but she’s also a train wreck.
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    Why, because her show was cancelled and she got divorced??? Then I supposed everyone in Hollywood is a train wreck. Star isn’t crashing her car into posh nightclubs or showing her twat, or driving around with children unbuckled in the back seat, shaving her head or what not. Train wrecks have heroine addictions or have to have their fathers take control of their assets. Star is no train wreck.

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    Once again I say to you it’s a part of Barbara’s life. She has every right to discuss in HER OWN book the ups and downs.
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    Right, and Star had every right to check that ass! LOL

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    Yes but checking dat ass means that you have been done wrong and Star Jones was not done wrong. She was exposed and she realizes she can’t cover own ass by lying so she has to take a cheap shot. Cheap…Star Jones. I guess they really do go together like hand and glove.
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    LOL Well, we are gonna have to agree to disagree, Y&R is on and my blood pressure can’t take debating Star and Babs and watching this show! Oh and from your earlier post, I certainly didn’t mean to be condescending. It’s okay that we disagree on celebs, but I don’t ever want to direspect you as a person. And I SAW that dig at my girl Brooke Logan, LOL Don’t think you were slick! ;-)

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    Considering there is no more work for Star I wonder..DOes it still feel good to payless? LMAO
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    My girl will be back on TV before Babs can learn to say Roger Rabbit Really Ran  three times fast! LMAO

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    Barbara doesn’t need R’s LOL She’s got talent.

    (Star does too. Remember I do indeed love Star. I watched Jones and Jury and her Court TV show as well and I was sad it ended because I knew it was her last chance at a good gig in TV. There’s always the law.)
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    We are on the same page then, because I have adored Babs for YEARS and will never discount what she did for journalism and for working women (I was raised by strong women). I didn’t miss The View for like the first three seasons, and I lived for 20/20 and her primetime specials, but from the monent she canned my girl Debbie and brought on that boring Ling I started questioning her logic. She felt Ling was a better representation of the younger generation, not for me! Debbie was much more like my friends and I in our late teens, early twenties, vapid, shallow and the life of the party! You don’t obtain depth till at least 25. Ling and Elisabeth are TOO serious and frumpy to rep for the younger demo. Hell, Joy is hipper! But the Star thing is what really tore Babs britches with me. Then she brought that monstrosity Rosie on and she terrorized the airwaves. I wanted Donald Trump elected president for checking that hateful Rosie’s ass! LOL

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    LOL Kathy Griffin makes me laugh. Even though I had to step back at the suck comment. I still laughed though. I had to pray for a while after that.
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    I aint trying to have a plague of locusts on my back porch because I’m watching Kathy! She needs to repent! LOL

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    It’s ugly, and it also makes for event television that I wont turn away from b/c i might feel offended or disagree. It’s the only way I still sit through Elizabeth Hasslebeck 5 days a week!! LOL The fact that she’s the voice for conservatives on the panel? They must roll their eyes at her. Now SHE is ugly. And naive. Nothing age wont fix Elizabeth! (I hope…lol)
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    Now that Rosie is gone and isn’t screaming over everyone I can hear what Elisabeth is saying again and yep, I can’t stand her again! LOL I do think they need to add another conservative or at least a moderate, because three or four on one isn’t fair. But then Sherri is over there talking about the world is flat and that Jesus was born before the Dinosaurs so I guess she doesn’t even count.

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    oh now there is a topic….Elisabeth coming into her own. I think that ever since the Rosie "slaying" she’s not afraid to speak her mind. Everyone else had hush hushed her for so long because her views were different than theirs that once she stood up for herself and opinions there was no going back to being the wallflower host. lol
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    She yips and yaps a lot louder but she never answers the question at hand. Point in case the Emmy show. She kept harping about Obama’s idiot preacher-and YES the man is an idiot for his views-but when asked how she felt about McCain not voting for Martin Luther King’s Birthday she never said a word. Typical from Little Miss Muffin.

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    Equarter on May 7, 2008 – 5:41pm.
    But guess what folks. Those rumors about Rosie coming on to the show were already out in public and Star had to have known the handwriting was on the wall. No one bought the fact that Rosie was just coming on to replace Meredith. Then the daytime Emmy’s came along and the announcement was made about Rosie and Star still had not been informed that she was out. So. Star. Got. Pissed. Off.

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    I have to correct you on something. Star knew she was out before the Emmy’s.

    Star was told April 21st. Emmy’s were April 28th 2006.

    Hear it from Star herself.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=V_s

    Your correction is duly noted. I was relying on my recollection. But I got the rest of it right including the emotional rollercoasterb that was going on at the time, no?

    THE EDGE OF NIGHT: 2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8iSeEE3FTQ

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