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6/30/2006 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Star Jones continued her public self-defense tour Thursday night, revealing to Larry King that she was supposed to "make up a story" to tell the audience about her firing – and that her co-hosts on "The View" would just go along it.

In her first television interview since getting booted off "The View," Star said she decided to go ahead with her bombshell announcement a day early because "my viewers, our viewers, deserve the truth and I gave it to them."

And when King showed her clips from the show the day after she quit, full of Barbara Walters' barely concealed venom, Jones claimed that she hadn't seen them before and that she was "sad that the platform that I helped to build was used in a way to attack me professionally." She attempted to take the high road in her spat with Barbara Walters, saying that she would "not denigrate" her former boss, and added that she'd like to see another African-American professional, rather than an actress or comedian, take over her seat at the table. (Walters said on the air that she told Jones that she could say what she wanted to about her contract ending and that her co-hosts would "support her.")

Meanwhile, Star also apologized to her one-time friend Joy Behar through the New York Daily News, saying that she ruined their friendship by not confiding in her about her weight problems. "I can understand why she felt left out. I have to assume she was feeling, 'Why isn't Star, my friend, sharing this stuff with me?'"

Jacko Wacko Like Einstein, Says Lawyer

In the opening statements of the Michael Jackson civil trial yesterday, the lawyer for Jackson's former business partner, porn producer Marc Schaffel, who is suing the singer for nearly $4 million, said that the King of Pop was in dire financial straits in 2003 when the reputation-destroying documentary by Martin Bashir aired.

According to Howard King, the King of Pop had just a few hundred thousand dollars in the bank at the time the show aired, and he owed creditors "hundreds of millions of dollars." Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Mundell, introduced the "crazy old Mr. Jackson" defense, claiming that he was "just as forgetful as the famously forgetful Albert Einstein. Genius comes with eccentricity and quirkiness in other areas."

Hasselhoff Head-Butts Chandelier, Lands in Hospital

Actor-singer David Hasselhoff cut himself while shaving yesterday, but required more than a dab of toilet paper to staunch the bleeding.

According to Lloyd Grove
, the former Baywatch star was having a shave after his morning workout at the Sanderson Hotel in London, and was having trouble navigating his six-foot-four frame around all the fancy Philippe Starck fixtures in the darkly lit men's room, when he biffed his head against a chandelier above the sink. Shards of glass and chrome came cascading down and cut his right arm, severing a tendon, which required emergency surgery. Hasselhoff spent the night in the hospital but should be fine.

Rob Schneider Collapses On Set at Women's Prison

"Deuce Bigalow" star Rob Schneider was taken to the hospital Wednesday after he collapsed during the filming of a movie in Northern California.

The 42-year-old Schneider was filming the comedy "Big Stan" at a women's prison near Stockton, Calif., when he had to be taken to a nearby hospital. "The combination of bad food and the heat just him," said his rep. She added that she didn't know what the bad food was but that he was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

DMX Sent to Jail

Rap star DMX, known to his parents as Earl Simmons, was thrown in the slammer yesterday by a judge who had summoned him to her courtroom after he failed to show last week for a hearing to face speeding and other traffic charges. City Judge Barbara Leak was unsympathetic to DMX's claims of being ill for the last hearing. "We have granted him a number of courtesies. It ends now." DMX was led from the courtroom in handcuffs and held on $25,000 bail. As of yesterday afternoon, he was still being detained.

Lil' Kim To Leave Prison Monday

The rapper Lil' Kim will be finishing her ten-month sentence for lying about a shooting on Monday, just in time for Independence Day. She is getting out two months shy of the year-and-a-day sentence that she was given last year after she lied about a gun battle, saying that she hadn't seen two of her friends at the scene, a claim that was disproven by photos and witnesses. "I am thrilled to be coming home," said Kim in a statement. "I thank all my fans for all their letters."

Rather-Cronkite: Precursor to Barbara-Star?

Though perhaps not as catty as their distaff counterparts, Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite have a minor dust-up of their own going back many years, and as a result, Rather is refusing to be interviewed for a major documentary on his predecessor.

According to this morning's Page Six, Rather won't participate in a PBS "American Masters" profile of Cronkite, whom he succeeded in the CBS Evening News anchor chair, because he's still sulking over the way he was shown the door at the Tiffany Network. Plus, it can't help that his replacement as anchor, Katie Couric, is doing the narration for the 90-minute documentary, which airs July 26.

The blood has been pretty bad between the two newsmen over the years: Cronkite revealed in his 1997 memoir "A Reporter's Life" that Rather threatened to leave CBS unless Cronkite retired from the anchor job before his 65th birthday. "And once Rather had the job, he never let Cronkite on the air again," says a source. "Walter has never forgiven Rather for his brutal tactics."

A who's who of TV newspeople did agree to be on the PBS show, including Tom Brokaw, Mike Wallace, and Robert MacNeil.

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Ms. X    

Star, I hope you're reading this. I hated watching your big ass head every day on that show. Babs was the only one who made it watchable. She has done more in her lifetime career for enabling women than you can ever hope to do. She was a female first for a long time. You should just be happy to have had the opportunity on being with a project for that long. Hollywood is mean and they don't care who you are. If you suck on the air, prepare to move to other quarters.

Now please go find a hole big enough for you and your ego and live in it. The Grand Canyon should do it.

3037 days ago

Oh Canada    

Like a train wreck, it was difficult to look away. It was quite obvious that SJR is a lawyer, she was calm and controlled, she was excellent at side stepping the important questions and she had an answer for everything. I the juror do not believe her.

Most surprising were her backhanded compliments about Ms.Walters. Star repeated numerous times how she refuses to slander Ms. Walters her mentor because she holds her in such high esteem, all the while subtlety saying BW is a liar. Ms. Walters is the person who has handled this with dignity and grace. Star wanted “her viewers” to believe everybody is lying except her, suddenly she is this beacon of truth. Come on Star.

The reason Star jumped the gun on Tuesday was her pre-emptive strike, being an “intelligent professional woman” she had to have known that parts of the interview with People magazine was going to be released, being an attorney Star had to have known that she would not be invited back on Thursday for the planned announcement of her departure. On your own terms? That’s BS, it was an angry calculated move that backfired.

What is so wrong with BW and ABC willingness to back you up in a “lie” about why you wouldn’t be returning in the Fall? Do you know how many people are laid off everyday? Many of them are told months in advance that their services are no longer required as of a certain date; if they’re smart they take the opportunity to look for another job, all the while showing up to work with “their game face on”.

Not you Star, it appears you spent the time since April 21st sulking privately. I wonder how many of “your viewers” are foolish enough to believe that what you did on Tuesday is the result of two months of “soul searching”.

I hope The View finds a likable replacement, not that she has to be black but I’m thinking Whoopie Goldberg. Here’s a successful black woman who can relate to everybody, she may not be a college graduate but I have no doubt she has something intelligent to say on a wide range of subjects, she is definitely a survivor, and she’s funny as hell. Whoopie as real as they come.

3037 days ago

Lance K.    

Good bye Star. Your ongoing DIVA behavior really don't make you an asset. You may want to think of that

Now stop the wounded dear routine and start really doing something. There is only so many times I want to hear you telling your story or your truth.

3037 days ago

Miss Sheba    

Frankly I'm glad to see her go! Being a full-figure woman myself (and to boot a sista! LOL), I totally found her "after-the-weight-loss" persona to be sickening and sad! And for the (few of us) Blacks that feel like "The View" has lost something when they "lost Star"...let me tell y'all something--Star was "gone" long before she actually left the show! It's truly sad that with all that weight loss she had to also lose the beautiful personality that made what she was on that show for the past 8 yrs or so.

It's also a shame she let herself get too full of BS to the point where she done forgot where she came from and who helped her get there. "Miss Jones" ain't got nobody to blame but herself (and f*up attitude) for all this drama comin' her way. Now was Barbara right or wrong for what she did to Star? I won't sway one way or another with that answer, but then again--if your contract ain't renewed WTF should that tell you?!! And as a few other people mentioned before it's never a good idea to burn you bridges, Star (and I ain't just talkin' about solely BW either, I mean numerous ppl); it's like my momz always say "you never know when you might have to cross over them bridges again"

But I suppose Star will soon find out that there's a bigger (no pun intended) bitch out there than her--she's called Karma....

3037 days ago

Lance K.    

This article from says it far better than I can. Sorry but I'm through pitying overpaid divas on television.

tar Jones talks to Larry King tonight

Posted Jun 29th 2006 2:11PM by Bob Sassone
Filed under: ABC, Cable, Talent, Daytime, Celebrities
Larry KingOh, I can tell this story isn't going away any time soon.

Star Jones, who recently quit/was fired from The View, will tell her side to Larry King tonight at 9 on CNN. Of course, this is after telling her side to People, Ryan Seacrest, The New York Daily News, her mailman, the woman who does her hair, five or six waiters, and twelve strangers she stopped on the street.

They're already wondering "who can replace Star Jones on The View?" Some of the suggestions mentioned include Connie Chung, Gayle King, and Kathie Lee Gifford. May I suggest a potted plant?

3037 days ago


I think that Star has been going down the wrong road since she got married. I mean soliciting for freebies for your wedding when you could afford it. I thin Star lost a lot of fans that way... I think the View May have lost fans as well.

The way she did it was in spite, I saw her on the Today show and she didn't answer any of Al's questions hardly directly. She made her bed and now she must lie in it...

It also just goes to show how much power Barbara Walter's has... she co-created that show. She needs to do what is best for it... after all it is business.

3037 days ago

Lance K.    

Again another that really puts it into perspective

Star Jones takes over CNN

Posted Jun 30th 2006 11:22AM by Bob Sassone
Filed under: Cable, News, Talent, Celebrities

Here it is, 11:18am or so, and what does CNN have on right now? Nope, not breaking news or political coverage or news on the war in Iraq. They are rerunning the Star Jones interview from last night.

This, in a word, is vile. Why is she getting so much press? Why are the news networks treating this like it's some sort of important news story, instead of a pop culture/celeb thing? It boggles the mind that CNN would interrupt their weekday sked to show this again.

Today on The Situation Room witih Wolf Blitzer: an in-depth remport on whether Kevin Federline is good for Britney Spears.

3037 days ago


who cares how star lost all her weight she is a person like all of us and just cause she is in the public eye doesn't mean she has to share it with all of america and to say she is a liar and people have lost trust in her is just their way of saying we wanted her out and couldn't think of any other way to lose her...give her some respect at least she didn't lie about why she is leaving like they asked her to.*

3037 days ago


Star did the right thing...TOLD THE TRUTH!!! The View lost me as a viewer when they replaced Meredith with Rosie...come on they could have found a better replacement then that. And now this thing with Star. I bet the ratings will go down with Rosie on there and with Meredith and Star gone there is no point in watching it any more. Who likes Rosie any way she's a load mouth *itch. Star has showed that she has grace by not running everyone in the ground. BW said that she would go with whatever story Star choose to tell...she wanted Star to lie to her viewers...what does that tell you that BW is a lier her self. The View has nothing anymore...I hope they get kicked off the air casue they suck!!!

3037 days ago

Lance K.    

and finally from

Star Jones is ugly

Posted Jun 30th 2006 10:55AM by Anna Johns
Filed under: ABC, OpEd, Celebrities, Talk Show
star jones; larry kingYes, she looks freakish since losing all that weight, but the ugliness I'm talking about is her character. Star Jones is taking her sob story to the media and, in doing so, making a complete ass of herself. Earlier this year, Star learned that The View would not be renewing her contract. According to co-host/producer Barbara Walters, it was because audience polling showed that people don't like Star since her suspiciously dramatic weight loss and her everything-is-for-sale wedding to Al Reynolds. Last night, Star told Larry King that The View producers told her to make up a story about why she was leaving. Why would they say something like that? How about because they wanted to spare her the embarrassment of being booted off the show because she's unlikable? That's what happens in television. Just look at your local news station. Anchors get hired and fired all the time based on audience polls. It seems like Star is on this media blitz because her pride is hurt, not because of any benefit to her dwindling fans. Star's behavior this week exemplifies why audiences don't like her: she's selfish and she has no dignity.

* Read

3037 days ago


I was quite taken aback last night watching Star on the Larry King Show.

I have been a fan of BW all my life. I even studied journalism because of her influence on me. BW was ma idol. No more!

Congratulations to Star. She took enough Bull s... from these people over the last few months. She was told in April her contract wouldn't be renewed and she was asked to stay. She was asked and she stayed because she is a professional.

I don't like the fact the BW was encouraging Star to make up a story of her leaving. Ya right BW- you would have told a story too if it had happened to you. No way she would have done this. BW would have done exactly what Star has done!

I don't see BW the same way now. I really thought she would have backed Star in all this story. But no. BW was not honest. How could she look at Star every day since november pretending everything was fine when she darn new Star's contract wouldn't be renewed. Makes me sick just thinking about it.

Go Star go.

3037 days ago


Barbara confirmed for the public what most people backstage already knew- that she is a mean, spiteful, vindictive bitch! I am just happy it's out in the open now.

3037 days ago

Amy Nelson    

Star Jones is so annoying!!! I stopped watching the View years ago because of her. Now that she is gone, I am watching again. Star will always remind me of Jabba the Hut anyways, fat or skinny!!

3037 days ago

shirley thomas    

Miss Jones did not take the high road when she made her unexpected announcement. In all fairness to Miss Walters and crew, they deserved to be notified before they went on air of Miss Jones intentions. I would say she was totally unprofessional.
Miss Jones is very much about Miss Jones.
I liked her and the view the early years. I quit watching because I was turned off by Miss Jones and her self perpetuation.
I think it was a time for change on the view. They needed a new attitude. Not sure Rosie is the answer, but I welcome change.

3037 days ago


Star Jones is classy. She is very intelligent and I respect her a lot. The cast of The View were intimidated by her intelligence. She will move on to bigger and better things. Elizabeth has a low IQ and that was very obvious. In my opinion, she should have been the one that was fired. Barbara Walters is a poor excuse for a journalist. I have no respect for her. She is near eighty years old and very sneaky. She has lost a lot of credibility in the field of journalism. What she did to Star was very underhanded and cruel. Rosie O'Donnell is just plain trash. It's only a matter of time before The View is off the air.

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