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Let's Get This Party Started: Top Stories for 06/28/06

6/28/2006 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

star jones barbara waltersBarbara Walters has three words for Star Jones:
Back off, bee-yotch!

After Jones surprised her co-hosts on Tuesday's show by announcing her departure a day early, and told a magazine that she felt like she'd been fired, Walters went into full attack mode, saying basically that, yeah, Star had been fired, and that she would've done it a long time ago but for the milk of human kindness.

Walters told several news outlets, in essence, that Star had become a liability and that she felt "betrayed" by her co-host's public announcement, which was meant to come today. What's more, Walters tells the New York Times that she was going to give Star the boot way back in December, but didn't want to hurt her new book or stress her out during plastic surgery in February. "They had done a great deal of research, and her negatives were rising," said Walters. "Not so much because of what she did on the air. It was things she did off the air. The audience was losing trust in her. They didn't believe some of the things she said."

Finally, PEOPLE reports this morning that not only is Star leaving the show-she's been asked not to come to work today, even though her contract doesn't end until September. Stay tuned – this should make for an interesting morning on "The View."

Diddy Actually Cedes Control to Others

Just one year ago, Sean John, the clothing label created by rapper P. Diddy, was in very public turmoil, with stores threatening to cancel orders because of tepid sales and shipping problems.

But a story in today's New York Post suggests that the brand has been completely turned around, confounding all expectations. Sales have been growing at a double-digit pace and could be $250 million this year, and department stores are happy once again.

And all this happened because Diddy did something that he's not particularly well known for: Taking orders from someone else. The hiring of Robert Wichser, who had run the menswear company Joseph Abboud, was the key decision, and Wichser "has enough gravitas in the industry that Puffy is listening to him," says a source. Another retailer adds, "Puffy is older and more mature, and he is allowing Bob to run this company like a real garment business."

Paramount Goes Through "Sweeping" Restructuring

Paramount Pictures will be bringing its little sister movie operations, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies, within its own jurisdiction in a significant change to Viacom's corporate structure, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The cable networks MTV and Nickelodeon have traditionally run their own independent movie studios, and the mini-studios' executives have reported to the networks' top brass. Under the new arrangement, championed by Paramount Chairman Brad Grey and supported by Viacom CEO Tom Freston, the units would become film labels of Paramount alongside DreamWorks SKG and Paramount Vantage.

The newly absorbed MTV Films and Nick Movies, the hope seems to be, will "step up and help pay the bills," as TMZ's Claude Brodessor suggested yesterday. With Paramount itself struggling, the new subsidiary studios (Nick Movies, for instance, produced the successful Jack Black comedy "Nacho LIbre") are seen as a way to help spur growth both for Paramount and for Viacom, whose stock price has lagged and whose employees are going through a significant round of belt-tightening.

Mary J., Kanye, Jamie All Big Winners at BET Awards

At Tuesday's BET Awards, held at LA's Shrine Auditorium, Mary J. Blige took home the award for best female R&B artists while she, Kanye West, and Jamie Foxx shared the award for video of the year. West and Foxx won their award for the ubiquitous "Gold Digger," which also got an award for best collaboration, in addition to its Grammy earlier this year.

Chaka Khan received an award for lifetime achievement, which she celebrated by performing onstage with Stevie Wonder, India.Arie, Yolanda Adams, and Prince, who was the night's winner for best male R&B artist. T.I. took home the best male hip-hop artist trophy, while Missy Elliott did the same in the female division.

Jacko's Going to Europe, Hires Prince's Moneyman

Michael Jackson has announced that he's going to be going through a vast personal "restructuring" – of his business and legal affairs, that is.The troubled singer has decided, among other things, that he's going to move to Europe, just as a new trial begins that may fling the sheets off of his messy financial affairs.

According to his spokeswoman Raymone Bain, the move to Europe - possibly to Ireland, where TMZ speculated he might go, or to France, where he recently took his kids – is part of a "sweeping restructuring" of Jackson's professional management and direction. To begin with, Jackson has "severed ties" with his longtime moneymen at Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman, & Sloan, and has hired L. Londell McMillan, who handles Prince and Stevie Wonder, to take over his financial dealings.

McMillan acknowledged to Rush & Molloy that handling Jacko "could be challenging," but that the Gloved One is "a musical genius who needs a competent and caring advocate."

Meanwhile, Bain will be the general manager of a new entity, the Michael Jackson Co., which supplants the old MJJ Productions, and she tells the AP Jackson is moving to Europe for "access to music industry figures." She added that the King of Pop is looking to release a new album next year. Oddly enough, as Fox News' Roger Friedman points out, Bain was fired last year just before Jackson's child molestation trial, and was subsequently rehired – and has climbed the ladder all the way back to the top of the organization.

Yesterday, the trial involving Jackson and former business associate Mark Schaffel began in Santa Monica, Calif. with opening statements, in which Schaffel's lawyer called Jackson "an incurable spendthrift."


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I stopped watching the show after the first year. I thought the women were catty from the beginning and Baba isnt all that.IMO!

3038 days ago


MY OPINION: Lock Michael's ass up with people that love to be sodomized before he get a hold of his own fake children (if it's not to late)and many more. Money makes people blind to their surrounding maybe McMillian can help with his financial & legal problems but as long as he moleste children he will always have problems send up him some Prayers . *So everyone that reads this please pray for purification of his Mind, Body and Soul and the protection of all children that comes in his path.

3038 days ago


Sad situation for everyone ! It's a shame that Barbara Walters tried to play the Trust card when she had to know she wasn't renewing Star's contract when the news was leaked earlier this year. I think she actually betrayed Star Jones and I hope the show get's canceled . I never liked the show but i liked Barbara Walters for her honesty and exposing the truth in her stories. but now she is just another back stabbing WOMAN and I definately won't watch it now because back stabbing people are the worst .

3038 days ago


I am so glad that this self righteous pain in the rear is leaving the show. I am no fan of Rosie by any means - but Star HAD TO GO. She is a nerve-worker!! I was put off by her solicitation as well as well as her weight loss.. I mean please - does she think anyone buys into her "smaller portions" story? She had lipo, a skin tuck and WE ALL KNOW IT. I will be ELATED to see her go... She was toxic for the show.

3038 days ago


Business is business.....I don't think anyone is right or wrong here. The show decided to "move in a different direction" which is perfectly fine. I also think it's perfectly fine for Star to tell people about it whenever she wanted to. I mean, it's a talk show and those women give their opinions, popular or not, every single day....why should this subject matter be any different? I can also understand Barbara Walters being upset, after all she was not expecting it, but who cares. I just don't this is all that big of a deal!

3038 days ago


Barbara made the right move getting rid of Star and whether she handled it properly or not is the least of my concerns. She now needs to focus on getting rid of ELIZABETH THE IDIOT. How that girl got the job and keeps that job is beyond me! I'll tune in when Elizabeth is gone.

3038 days ago


I feel sorry for Star. She put The View on the map. No matter what, Barbara should have taken the high road. Shame on her!

3038 days ago


Star was the reason i watched the View. I can't stand Joy and her snide remarks!! Who gives a fuck if Star announced she was not returning a day before she was supposed to. She should be free to tell her fans whenever she likes. Barbara Walters is a hypocrite and too old and ugly to be on tv still.

3037 days ago


Ummm....So Barbara Walters feels "betrayed" by Star telling People magazine that she "felt like I was fired"? What part of "not renewing her contract" doesn't equate to being "fired"? Barbara is just humiliated because the "real" her has been exposed. I was not going to continue to watch the program once Rosie and her caustic, mean-spirited self joined in the fall. But I deleted the program from my TIVO this morning. Why does anyone care how Star lost her weight? If any comment is necessary, applaud the woman for getting healthy. Rosie SHOULD be asking for pointers! Star is an attractive, poised, extremely intelligent Christian woman that I don't have any doubt will succeed in whatever the future holds for her. The only future I see for the View is "cancellation" by January.

3037 days ago


So according to Barbara, they didn't want to announce that her contract wasn't going to be renewed. They were allowing Star to figure out what she was going to do, then let her announce it. Therefore, they were allowing it to appear that Star was leaving on her own volition. It was planned for Star to announce her leaving the show on Thursday. Star decided to do so 2 days early and that pissed Barbara off.

3037 days ago


All of The View cohosts are moronic self absorbed twits, inluding the departed Meredith Viera. That said, I don't believe anything happens on The View without the approval of Barbara Walters so to criticize Star Jones for her wedding or weight loss hoopla seems most hypocritical. The fact is that Star Jones was fired , undoubtedly with the blessing of Barbara Walters and good for Star Jones for deciding not to be a good little girl and go away quietly. I don't believe for one moment that Barbara Walters "protection" was for anything but what she perceived as the economic interests of the show and not at all for Star Jones.

3037 days ago


From the start The View has been a group of over-caffinated women who love to hear themselves talk. Why anyone would be surprised that Star was leaving once Rosie was announced as the newest member of the Whiners Club is beyond me. Afterall - there's not enough room at that table for two know-it-all Democrats with Better-Than-You complexes and who really wants to sit day in and day out with someone who doesn't like you. It's about time for The View to self implode anyway because we all know - you can only work with the same group of women for so long before someone starts pulling hair!

3037 days ago


Star has ALWAYS annoyed me. However, if Barbara did not want her to announce it she could have easily stopped her. She does have control over the show as a creator and producer doesn't she? Star got the last word and Barbara is now showing her for the bitch she is.

3037 days ago

Lance K.    

While I understand Star not wanting to wait I do believe she could have held off a day or at least wait until the end or the show. I just found it a bit tacky to do it before the Charlie Gibson appearance.

3037 days ago


To all the women on this web site who feel like they have a right to judge Starr Jones should take a look at themselves. I would be willing to bet that they are not even close to being as inteligent as her, she is an attorney, what are you doing that you can watch a TV show everyday at 11am, probably not working. As far as calling her ugly and fat, look in the mirror I bet none of you are drop dead gorgeous stick thin models, get a life and stop judging the way others live theirs.

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