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Star Jonesing After Oprah

12/20/2006 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Star Jones gallery: Click to launch photosStar Jones is admitting to the world what it already knew – that she's been a diva with a capital D – and it seems that she may be using her pal Oprah Winfrey to help her shed that image and get back on her professional feet.

Miss Jones told "EXTRA" that this New Year's, she's going with O and Gayle King to South Africa as Oprah visits the girls academies she built down there. Though the two aren't bosom pals like O & G, Oprah and Star have appeared on one another's shows, and Star could be looking to use some of the Queen of Daytime's reflected glory to land a new gig.

Meanwhile, Star says her only correspondence with her former colleagues at "The View," which she abruptly exited over the summer, was in the form of "sweet, wonderful" cards from Elisabeth. "I've gone on with my life," said Jones to 'EXTRA.'

Tara Conner gallery: Click to launch photosTara Keeps Tiara

Tara Conner got a last-minute reprieve from Donald Trump yesterday, but it might not be too long before the bad-girl beauty queen really gets the boot from the Donald.

At yesterday's press conference, Tara was a tear-streaked picture of contrition. But just a few hours later, in a phone interview with MSNBC, Tara already seemed to be pooh-poohing her boozing, saying, "I wouldn't say that I have a big drinking problem." What's more, as the New York Daily News points out, Tara verbally shrugged her shoulders at the treatment program the Miss Universe organization is providing her: "Anytime anyone gives you free anything, like therapy or rehab, you take it."

Still, no matter what her urges, Tara will find it difficult to cavort without getting caught. As one veteran paparazzo told TMZ, "That girl won't be able to hit the pavement [in New York] without cameras watching her every move."

Britney Spears gallery: Click to launch photosBritney Kicks K-Fed When He's Down

Britney's having her man-cake and shoving it in her ex's face too. According to In Touch Weekly, Spears called the Fed-Ex to ask him if he'd seen pictures of her kissing music producer "J.R." Rotem and then bragged about a sexual escapade she'd just had. What's more, Britney, according to In Touch's sources, has been taunting Federline about his newly-reduced financial status. "It was really bad," says an eyewitness. "[Brit] just started pushing his buttons ... he started screaming at her."

Eminem gallery: Click to launch galleryParty Favors: Eminem Divorced From Same Woman Twice ... Babwa To Talk to Fidel? ... Nas Wanted to Use "N-Word" in Title ... Scarlett and Josh – On Again?

Rapper Eminem and his high school sweetheart wife, Kim, divorced yesterday for the second time -- less than a year after they remarried. According to a judge, they "are a fine couple to deal with." They will share custody of their 10-year-old daughter ... Barbara Walters might be getting the last interview ever with Fidel Castro, if reports of his failing health are to believed. According to, Walters will meet with Castro alongside another rabidly anti-U.S. dictator type, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez ... Rapper Nas wanted to call his latest album "N****r" because, he tells Rush & Molloy, "I don't care about sales" but had to rethink and called it "Hip Hop is Dead" instead ... Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson, rumored to be on the outs, were spotted last weekend getting cozy at a Manhattan eatery, says Page Six.

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Britney better get a grip - she should stay home and take care of the kids during her divorce proceedings. She is giving K-Fed too much fodder which he will surely use against her. She may have the money but the courts may rule in his favor if she keeps these shenanigans up. I don't know who is advising her but they should get on the ball and get her to settle down before it is too late. She can party AFTER the civorce is final. She married the joker so she needs to deal with the consequences.

2864 days ago

Cheryl Moore    

I hope Britney gets a hold of herself. I have been divorced and it is hard and it hurts whether you are right or wrong. You hold on for sooo long and pray for things to get better, try to hold your family together and when it finally explodes in your face, you go a little crazy and let out the demons and try to bury the pain.
Britney is young and making some bad choices right now, but turn your head, as she is beautiful and talented and will get a grip and blow us away with her next CD, as well as blow away all these Britney wanna bes out here.
Holding strong for the girl!!!!

2864 days ago


Tara is a tramp which isn't so bad because most of the blondes I know are hookers. Plus a cokehead

2864 days ago


I think all of them need lives!

2864 days ago


Kris, you're a complete bigot. Why hasn't your comment been removed??

2864 days ago

who cares    

I fully agree....Star Jones is NO diva and NEVER WILL BE. She looks hiddious, there is no way she lost taht weight all on her own, she looks like the walking dead with those bug eyes. A diva is a women who works hard to achieve things, Star sisnt even pay for her mulit million dollar wedding, she had "sponcers" pay for it all, HOW CHEAP CAN YOU BE...o cant save ya...Give it up...

Brittany deserves to live it up .FEd-Ex did all the parting their whole relationship now its her turn.And just becasue she is out at night donst mean she is not a good mom, moms need to get out too. Its not that she left the boys home alone. Stop picking on the girl, she kicked that scum bag to the curb now let her live her life...

Who cares about Miss USA, so what she had drinks underage so what she partied, SO WHAT.....

2864 days ago


I really dont get the whole Star Jones thing. I mean do we really care ? Personally I think the woman is a Troll. Not pretty or easy on the eyes. Besides didnt she marry a gay guy ? Can you say Liza Minelli ?

2864 days ago


Britney just another has ben worn out PIG .nobody cares anymore ,get better NEWS

2864 days ago

Not a comb over fan    

What about that BADD!!! comb over on Donald Trumps Bald head!! :0 With all that money $$$$, you would think he could afford a better set of locks.....Even Sir Elton John had the sense to get plugs and look decent about his thinning hair!!!

2864 days ago


It amazes me that the only one to even remain in contact with Star Jones is the AWFUL BIGOTED RIGHT WINGED ELISABETH amazing that the all caring all sensitive liberals on the show have had no emotional need to at least say hello to their former co-host. Just as the media has misinformed the general public about republicans being awful people. Huh, I don't think so and never did. Good for you Star to have at least one friend from your old show. Probably not the one you thought you would have.

2864 days ago

Scot Taylor    

Hang in there Star....and "F" 'em'll be back on your feet!

2864 days ago


I guess I really dont get the Star Jones thing. I mean do we really care ? I think she is a Troll. Not pretty or easy on the eyes. Besides didnt she marry a gay guy ? Can you say Liza Minelli ?

2864 days ago


Britney Spears is a great example of the adage, "Some self-made people seem to have labored in the dark."

2864 days ago


Is it just me or do the rest of you also think that Star looks like a Drag Queen ?

2864 days ago


You getting fired from The View told us all about ur diva attitude Star Jones .

I find it good and all that Tara keeps her crown but they coudln't let Vannesa Williams keep it..that's just down right wrong!


2864 days ago
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