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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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So much for the disclaimer statement that...inappropriate comments will be removed. I don't think Azaziah's comments were screened when the FU*K word, the SU*K word, the DI*K work, the SH*T word and the WHO*E word was used...ALL in ONE statement. Then you let Samantha make comments about there not being enough drugs in the world to SCR*W Donald Trump. Either this site is not being monitored at all for foul language or you are going for sensationalism!!! I WON"T BE visiting/reading again!!! There is NO reason for the comments from Azaziah and Samantha to be in print.

2780 days ago


such language

2780 days ago

Betty McCarty    

I was amazed that you would print #9's comments with all the garbage language. don't you care if kids read this? shame on you.

2780 days ago

Donna Gish    

This is all a bunch of crap....... With all of the important things going on in the world WHY is so much on the news about Britney, Paris, K whatever his name is,Jessica, Starr, the O and all the other airheads in Hollywood. If people would quit talking about them MAYBE they would just fade away and never be heard of again. PLEASE

2780 days ago


yu are crazy!!!! Hugo chavez is a dictator, you dumb ass!!!!

2780 days ago


britney needs to get a snatch make-over, that thang looked like an old ham sandwich !!

2780 days ago


Poor poor Brit... She is so worried we might forget about her.
Trump really wants to make sure people watch his 'show'.
Tara is just a young girl..most young girls party..this does not mean she has a problem... funny how everone forgets this.. different rules for everyone else than we held for ourself. As for role model ..OMG! I hope none of my children think a beauty pagent chick is a role model...

2780 days ago


leave TARA alone shes just young

2780 days ago

ML Barton    

In my opinion. M.r Trump should have quietly removed Taras crown and sent her home. Maybe she was not supposed to be a roll model, but the, why was she titled Miss USA? All of this information about her atrocious behavious has certainly suggested to our young girls that this is the way to get ahead. It is my suinbcere hope that we will not see this piggish girl on tvagain. Shame on the donald.

2780 days ago


Star Jones: Lets admit it folks, the world of t.v. would not be fun if there were no "Divas" on air for use to hate or love.

Tara Miss USA: We wont be able to tell is this issue will help or hurt her for about five to ten years or so. Vanessa Williams issue was.....well....a scanda (early 80's)l and she is doing pretty good for herself these days.

2780 days ago

Miss Pris    

Azaziah - you're too hilarious!! I love the god shed his grace on thee part!! I think that's the funniest thing I've seen all day... :)

2780 days ago


I really don't care for Britney anymore. She's become a trashy celebrity. Lost all class & all respect for her. She came from humble background then hit the big time & now turned into a skank . OOOPPPSSS she may have done it again but i really don't care for her at all. Lindsay Lohan is trying to better herself at least. Paris Hilton just plain yuccky. They 're famous for what?

2780 days ago


Good Lord Star.... you look like a frigging lizard with all that weight loss. You, girlfriend, are not the awesome showpiece you think you are.
Britney, honey, I hear your Mother calling you, go home, you need to be "parented"

2780 days ago


Star needs Jenny Craig more then Harpoon I mean Opra

2780 days ago


and why are we obcessed with the underwear thing or the lack there of?..humm just a nation of perverts? could be true .. btw I almost never wear underwear unless it's something hot and sexy, and I know someone is going to underess me.. heehee.. Em is funny too .. So when is the next wedding for Em.. next year? .. hahaha I think so .. The high school sweety just needs to read Mana Gena's guide to owning and operating men, and Mama Gena's marriage manual.. Get everything you want and have the time of your life!

2780 days ago
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