Wednesday, June 28, 2006
There's a battle royal heating up on the View regarding the departure of Star Jones Parker and Barbara Walters. Ms. Walters was just being a hypocrite when she said that Star betrayed her. But in reality, the women in "The View" and the viewing public just cannot abide Star Jones because, for one, she's an outspoken young black woman, two, she lost weight, three, that she has a very loving marriage to Al Parker, prosperous stockbroker in his own right. Some people can't stand other people to be happy. The following article is from the black oriented news website, EURWEB:
WALTERS FEELS ‘BETRAYED’ BY STAR JONES: “View’ creator says co-host’s announced departure Tuesday took her by surprise.
*Talk about being blindsided. Star Jones Reynolds apparently told no one of her decision to announce her departure from “The View” during Tuesday’s live show. Even her boss Barbara Walters was caught off guard.
"I love Star and I was trying to do everything I possibly could — up until this morning when I was betrayed — to protect her," Walters told The Associated Press.
Walters also said she was unaware of Star’s interview in People magazine (on stands Friday), where she said that producers made the decision not to renew her contract for a tenth season. She told the magazine: “I feel like I was fired.”
Star was right. Walters said ABC brass was unhappy with research that showed audiences had soured on the former prosecutor since her mysterious weight loss and 2004 wedding to banker Al Reynolds. She was roundly criticized for a website that promoted companies that donated items for the wedding party's gift bags. According to Walters, ABC execs made the decision last fall to let Reynolds go.
"We tried to talk them out of it," Walters said, "and we tried to give Star time to redeem herself in the eyes of the audience, and the research just kept getting worse."
Star, please keep your cool and don't let the haters get to you.