Star Jones returned to ‘The View’ on Feb. 22 after a controversial exit six years ago.
Star Jones, 49, was in the hot seat when she visited The View on Wednesday and (kinda) addressed the rumors about her and Barbara Walters‘s purported bad blood, as well as why she felt compelled to lie about her gastric-bypass surgery.
Although Babs, 82, wanted to discuss the details on why Star left the show, the diva remained a bit evasive.
“Do we really care at this point, sister? I honestly don’t,” Star told the octogenarian.
But the newly svelte TV personality readily admitted she left on her own volition.
“I take full responsibility for my own behavior, but I won’t take responsibility if I did not make a decision I couldn’t live with,” Star stated. “I made the decision to go out on my own terms, to control it, so that if I was ever invited back, I would feel good about it.”
“To say we were surprised is putting it mildly,” said Barbara, who repeatedly told viewers Star’s contract was just not renewed.
Regarding her drastic weight loss that was reportedly lost through diet and Pilates, the once-obese talk show host — who also came on the show to raise awareness of heart disease in women — thanked her co-hosts for helping cover up her 2003 gastric bypass surgery. Star reasoned that because no one else on the panel were in the habit of exposing their private issues, she didn’t care to share hers.
“Because we loved you, we did lie,” Barbara confirmed.
“I got emotionally healthy. You guys didn’t understand, in the place I should have felt like my home, I didn’t feel safe enough to come out and talk about it,” shared Star.
But whatever awkwardness that transpired between Star and her fellow co-hosts, it seems that it’s water under the bridge.
“I always held all of you in the highest regard,” Star told the ladies. “Barbara Walters is the reason I get to do what I do.”
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