Star Jones - Television Career - The View

In 1997, Jones joined The View as a co-host, a role that increased her public exposure significantly.

Jones's tenure on The View was marked by controversy at times, particularly her rapid weight loss from 2003 and a publicized wedding to Al Reynolds in 2004.

On June 27, 2006, Jones officially reported on a live segment of The View that she would be leaving the show after nine seasons as co-host. She told People Magazine that the decision to leave was not her own. "What you don't know is that my contract was not renewed for the 10th season... I feel like I was fired." She found out her contract would not be renewed just days before Rosie O'Donnell's addition to the show was announced. Jones public announcement on a live segment of the show garnered much attention from TV critics.

The following day, Barbara Walters stated on The View that she had been "blindsided" by Jones's public announcement and that effective immediately Jones no longer would appear on The View. When the series went into summer reruns, only programs in which she had been absent from the panel were rebroadcast. Jones was removed from the opening credits, leaving only Walters, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In addition to being removed from the credits, Jones was immediately removed from the website.

Shortly after, Jones joined Larry King on his talk show to defend her position and respond to questions about why ABC had refused to renew her contract. The network claimed that not only did Jones's excessive reports about her wedding plans alienate viewers, but also her acceptance of clothing and merchandise for the event, in exchange for mentions on The View, was in violation of network policy. When questioned about these issues by King, Jones adamantly stated that every mention of her wedding and those connected to it on The View was specifically approved and negotiated by the network itself, clearly not in violation of any policy. She also reminded viewers that the ratings during that time were the highest ratings The View had had in the nine years she was a co-host.

In May 2008, in response to the publication of Barbara Walters's autobiography, Audition, Jones released a statement to US Magazine: "It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book. It speaks to her true character." Walters did not respond to Jones's statement.

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012, Jones returned to The View as a guest for the first time in six years and was greeted warmly by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, and Barbara Walters (her former co-hosts) as well as Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd (both added to the panel since her departure in 2006).

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