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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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46.

teresaccebrian    

this is what happens when you put someone who is not 'a journalist' by a self made celebrity(star), in the real broadcast world, you are told your contract is not being renewed period...let her try working at a real news station and see just how kind they are to her...boo boo she had to be professional for two months and put a smile on, you bet you do, that's why its called professionalism, and anyone in tv knows that you cannot abuse the freebie card as she did time and time again,...she was horrible on the view and horrible on E!, talking about herself ad nauseum, ...i lost it when she mentioned johnny chochron as her mentor? the man who helped a killer be set free...i guess she's right it takes a special make up to be an attorney...she should consider going back to it, dishonest? she knows the drill, she denied that has previously said that she lost weight with pilates? give a rest sister...no wonder she's got to sell her apt...let big gay al go out and get a job now, other than being 'a walker'...

2980 days ago
47.

Chi    

I think people are missing the point which is the TRUTH!! On the Larry King Live show last night, ABC execs sent King bulletpoints that acted as a defense for their choice. The execs knew in November that they were contemplating the nonrenewal of Star's contract and if anyone truly believes that BW and Bill Geddie had no idea of such issues, I'd have to call them 'crazy.' BW even reported that this research had been done months before and the public was not connecting with Star. The fact that they chose April 21st to admit this to Star is indicative of the fact that not one person on that show wanted to truly 'protect' her. ABC wanted her to admit that her contract was not renewed but did not want the embarassment of her admitting that she was 'fired.' Yet another exec stated that they 'should have fired her in November': what terminology is truly correct? She was fired and now ABC's cards have been pulled about its treatment of not only Star but Debbie as well.

Star's interview with Larry did what she has been unable to do for two years due to so much unnecessary speculation about her wedding/marriage, weight loss, and this 'ego' problem. It provided her the platform to be the intelligent, forthright, and graceful woman that she has always been-with or without the weight. And for the last two months, she has been antagonized by BW's snide remarks to her and blatant disrespect for her opinion without being baited into a vicious attack on BW or the other cohosts. No one has imagined how difficult it is to even go from being obese to slim and svelte-the emotional and physical pressure. People just expected Star to openly admit her decisions when while planning her wedding and undergoing her medical intervention, she now had to worry about someone other than herself-her husband and his family. Anyone who has a family and takes pride in it, knows that protecting yourself and your family takes precedence over everything and everyone, especially those who try to destroy it. She was keenly open about the situation last night and she commanded respect even from her harshest critics.

And honestly, would ABC have allowed her to use corporations as sponsorship for her wedding during their showtimes if they hadn't all agreed at one point that this would be beneficial to THEIR corporation? No, not if this is the same company that 'fired' her for revealing her departure two days earlier. They plotted out the time spots and gave her to instruction to go forth in this.

If Star's claim last night is so untrue and creates any legality issues for ABC, I am sure that by now, execs and lawyers alike, would have been ferociously trying to think of a way to debate this matter in court. As it stands now, not one suit has been filed. Shows the sad 'direction' of ABC and television as a whole.

BW and Geddie mishandled such a tragic issue anyway. And hiring Rosie O'Donnell, even after she made those horrible comments about Star, speaks about the loyalty-or-disloyalty-BW did not possess or maybe forgot from her many years of interviewing the most famous and controversial people. It's amazing how quiet O'Donnell is now that this has all taken a turn for the worst. Seems like the only person ABC really wanted to 'protect' is Rosie 'O'Donnell.

Star, continue to SHINE!!

2980 days ago
48.

Tina Brown    

At one time I had a tremendous amount of respect for Barbara Walters. But, after listening to all the information, I won't be watching "The View" or any other television programming connected to Barbara Walters. Star Jones, like her or not, brought a lot to the program. She was articulate and intelligent. Shame on you Barbara for letting someone go who helped build the popularity of "The View".

2980 days ago
49.

cloe    

I like Star Jones and so what if she has her own website, what, are you jealous? I'm sure she's just giving fans something else to look at besides her show. More power to her.

I don't understand what happened between these girls but if you already haven't learned this type of thing usually happens amongst women anyway. Especially women who have to hang around each other for too long and really get to know each other. It's life...bound to happen.

Just wish people would be more rational, straightforward and honest about things and not try to fabricate anything. Which I'm sure is what happened. Less people would feel hurt, betrayed or treated unfairly.

2980 days ago
50.

Give us more to laugh about    

Star had gotten to big for her panties since last year....So full of herself. I feel it was a good business decision, and I like Star, but she didn't blend as well any longer. She could have gone with grace but decide to go with drama. If she had wanted to go out on her terms and tell the truth why not plan tell the powers that be, Barbara and Bill what or how she felt. Noooooo ... she had a surprise attack. I applaud Barbara and Bill for giving her time to find something else. It's a pity she didn't pursue other options earlier instead of feeling sorry for herself. Show biz I would assume is not for sissy's. You have to be tough. She should have gone out earlier but with grace. PITY.....

2980 days ago
51.

rayne    

Star got exactly what she deserved!!! She continues to prove how greedy and self centered and empty she is as a person. Her lack of character speaks volumes. Why should Barbara Walters bow down to this lackluster shell of a "woman"? Most people wouldn't even know the name "Star Jones" if it had not been for The View. What has Star done to deserve a loyal following? Who has she helped? What cause has she championed?...I know the Star Jones...I am wonderful...Bow down to me...God has a way of making us humble...Star Jones just got a little bump...She has a lot to make up for and the person that's going to make her see the light will be...Mr. Big Gay AL!!!! Good bye and Good Riddance...Maybe now The View will go back to being quality television!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2979 days ago
52.

Karen    

I believe there is a story here that no oneis willing to honestly tell. Why would ABC fire Star Jones? What did she do, or not do? Why did they ask her to leave two months ago and now lie about it and act shocked as if this was all so sudden? To say they didn't fire Star is just semantics! When you decide NOT to renew someone's contracytyou are in essence letting them go or firing them. I have lost a great deal of respect for Barbara Walters and her lack of integrity. Barabara... if you are reading this...please come clean with the truth. Your audience deserves the truth and will support you. If not, you run the risk of faithful viewers never trusting you again. Is it worth it? I think not.

2979 days ago
53.

barb    

this isnt the first time that star got fired? does anyone remember that she was not invited back to do the red carpet for the award shows? and what happened to her being a spokesman for payless shoes? she should be getting used to getting fired!!

2979 days ago
54.

barb    

This is not the first time that Star has found her self in a position of her contract not being renewed. Does anyone remember her attempt at being the host of a red carpet fashion commentator? Her contract was not renewed.. How about her Payless commercials? Her contract was not renewed. These are only two experiences I wonder how many other times that her contract has not been renewed? What's the big deal now? I guess that she is not very marketable. I don't know of many people who want to watch her. I am glad that she is no longer a part of the view.

2979 days ago
55.

Cherry    

Star Jones deliberately planned and manipulated her announcement for her own agenda. For her to say "the show is going in a different direction therefore I will not be returning in the Fall" was an outright lie. She tried to give the impression she "chose" to leave. "Going in a different direction" was also meant as a jab to Rosie's personal preference. She KNEW the PEOPLE'S article was coming out and it wasn't pretty so she got her digs in first. Don't think for one second she hadn't thought of nothing else but how to get back at BW. Her interview on LK was a complete performance . This woman is not a serious prefessional, she's full of herself. How many people in her occupation go on about "their fans", has a website, sells their wedding to the highest bidder, insults individuals, and acts as if the show tthey cohost was their own show to do as they please . To continue trying to connect Rosie to her issues is another example of her spiteful revenge. Star never talked to a soul on the View about her intentions because she intended on screwing them. Star wants people to think it's Rosie's fault she was let go, another attack to cause low ratings and reading some of the posts here it seems to have worked.
This was/is a scorned woman who refuses to except the fact her actions alone led to her firing. She was determined to get hers digs in in the most public way possible trying to give this 'I'm the only truthful one" act. It seems her anger is more about BW choosing Rosie than the fact she was let go. One has to wonder though why after knowing all of these months she was going to leave why she never got a new job. Star is about self preservation ,she's nobody's victim.

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