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Star Jones Responds To Claims She Accused Her Ex-Cohosts Of Leaking Info About Her Weight Loss Op

Date April 1, 2019 17:03

Star Jones, a former co-host of The View, used to be quite popular with the show’s viewers, but her weight fluctuations had a serious negative impact on her career.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When she was still on the show, Star gained a significant amount of weight which prompted concern from fans and mockery from critics. But when Star started shedding pounds at an unexpectedly fast rate, her weight loss generated plenty of speculations.

Star used to say her weight loss was due to a healthier diet and exercise. It was only after her scandalous exit from the show in 2006 that she revealed what helped her lose weight: she had undergone gastric bypass surgery in 2003.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How her co-hosts allegedly damaged her reputation

According to Ramin Setoodeh, the author of the scandalous new book titled Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View", Star told him that her then-cohosts Barbara Walters and Joy Behar damaged her reputation by leaking information about the surgery to tabloid press. The leaks allegedly happened before Star left The View.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Star was dismissed from the show in 2006, but insisted that she left on her own terms. She revealed the news about her exit two days earlier than planned, blindsiding her co-hosts and ABC executives.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ramin shared revelations about the mutual back-stabbing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, but Star said in her statement to E! News (via her representative):

My time at The View was one of the great opportunities of my lifetime. Of course there were conflicts over the years, however I will forever consider Barbara Walters (along with my dear friend, the late Johnny Cochran) to be one of my two most influential mentors.

The opportunity to sit beside her for so many years was a ‘master class' in many aspects of my personal and professional life that I relish and am eternally grateful for.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Barbara Walters was a nightmare of a boss, the book claims

Ramin's book claims that Barbara Walters, the trailblazing journalist who created The View and was its host for nearly two decades, was a self-centered tyrant who terrorized her co-hosts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Among other claims made in the book, it says that Barbara was jealous of Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar (who are still on the show) and was particularly nasty to Rosie O’Donnell, who quit with a scandal.

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