Star Jones returns to ‘The View’ and says her 2006 exit was ‘ugly’
Six years ago in 2006, Star Jones announced her abrupt exit from “The View” as the co-host. She returned on the show on Wednesday (Feb. 22) to sit along with her former fellow talkers and the replacement co-host.
Jones was expected to talk about heart health but she started with the issue of her uncomfortable exit from the show in 2006.“I am so happy to welcome back star Jones,” said Walters before kicking off the inquisition into Star’s unexpected exit from the show.
Jones asked, “Do we care at this point, my sister?”
She tried to genuinely avoid the discussion about her exit. But Walters convinced her that it still matters, or at least she does care about it.
“It was ugly,” says Jones. “Everything around was ugly. It was a bad emotional time. Nasty things were being said in the media. I take real responsibility for my own behavior at the time, but I will not take responsibility for decisions I did not make.”
After that, Joy Behar got in the discussion.
“We were told don’t say it’s gastric bypass,” says Behar. “Say it was Pilates.”
“I said don’t talk about my private way I decided to lose weight.” replies Jones.
“You did say [to say] it was Pilates and diet,” says Walters. “We did lie!”
Before leaving, though, she totally covered her bases.
“Barbara Walters is the reason I get to do what I do,” she says.
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