ABC’s The View has had its share of controversy with revolving panelists through the years. Launched in 1997 by present creator Barbara Walters, the daytime discuss present has had quite a few departures of co-hosts since its debut. Sometimes the partings have been amicable, different instances, not a lot.
One of the unique co-hosts on the panel made the daring transfer of asserting her exit on the air, a lot to the chagrin of her boss.
From co-host to ‘Bridezilla’
Star Jones was a part of the unique View crew together with Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, and Debbie Matenopoulos (changed by Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 2003). While the panel gelled at first together with Walters on the desk on a part-time foundation, tensions started to rise when Jones underwent gastric bypass surgical procedure but wouldn’t reveal how she misplaced a noticeable quantity of weight and required her co-hosts to maintain her secret.
The discuss present character was additionally inflicting a rift together with her extravagant marriage ceremony plans to then-fiancé Al Reynolds, which included tons of on-air discuss of the nuptials. According to the New York Post, a few of Jones’ antics even included exchanging free providers from marriage ceremony distributors for a plug on The View.
In hindsight, Jones admitted she might have overstepped her boundaries. “I think that I used, and some would say abused, my celebrity in planning the wedding,” Jones admitted in 2006, as reported by the New York Post. Jones and Reynolds ended up divorcing in 2008.
Between Jones’ secrecy on her weight reduction and her marriage ceremony occasion bravado, viewers have been turned off and began to tune out from the present. ABC took notice and determined to make a change, particularly with bringing on Rosie O’Donnell to switch the departing Meredith Vieira and letting Jones’ contract run out with out renewal.
“They had done a great deal of research, and her negatives were rising,” Walters mentioned in 2006, in response to The New York Times. “Not so much because of what she did on the air. It was things she did off the air. The audience was losing trust in her.”
At the time when Walters was requested about O’Donnell’s arrival on the present and the place that may put Jones’ future, she performed it cool as if the choice was as much as Jones. “Rosie will be there. And if Star wants to continue to be there, she is welcome,” Walters mentioned, regardless of understanding Jones’ contract wasn’t being renewed. She later defined her remark saying, “I was trying to protect Star.”
Speculation started to flow into on Jones leaving the present attributable to O’Donnell being introduced on board. Though a plan was put in place that Jones would announce her departure on June 29, the co-host determined to take issues into her personal palms.
She mentioned, she mentioned
On June 27, 2006, two days early from when she had agreed to share the information, Jones introduced on the air with co-hosts Walters, Behar, and Hasselbeck on the desk that she was leaving The View.
“Excuse me one minute,” she interrupted her fellow panelists throughout a section and clasping their palms. “Something has been on my heart for a little bit, and after much prayer and counsel, I feel like this is the right time to tell you that the show is moving in another direction for its 10th season, and I will not be returning as co-host next year.”
Walters was flabbergasted by the ambush, later telling the Associated Press, “I was trying to do everything I possibly could — up until this morning when I was betrayed — to protect her.” The present creator later came upon that Jones had already accomplished an interview with People, saying she had been “fired.”
Jones informed People she was attempting to get forward of any falsehoods that may later make headlines within the tabloids. “Something has come out in the papers every week, sometimes three times a week,” she mentioned. “I thought the audience deserved to have their Star tell them what the deal is.”
The transfer made no sense to Walters, who claimed they have been attempting to make the transition as easy as attainable for Jones. “What I really don’t understand is why say, ‘I was fired’? [Co-Executive Producer] Bill Geddie and I said to her, ‘Handle this any way you want… Whatever you say, we’ll back you up,’” Walters mentioned.
Jones later appeared on the present to advertise an consciousness marketing campaign on coronary heart illness and discussed her controversial exit. “It was a bad emotional time… I wanted to go out on my own terms,” Jones mentioned in 2012 as she sat subsequent to Walters, in response to People. “I had eight fantastic years here. One was ‘eh.’ I came back to congratulate you on all you accomplished. I hope you congratulate me on what I accomplished.”
Though they might not be finest mates, it seems that Walters and Jones have a minimum of made some form of amends.