Walters 'Betrayed' By Jones Reynolds

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US TV veteran Barbara Walters feels "betrayed" by her The View co-host STAR JONES REYNOLDS following her shock on-air announcement of her departure from the talk show. Walters, 74, was stunned when Jones Reynolds, 44, told viewers and her fellow presenters she would be leaving the ABC program after nine years yesterday morning (27JUN06), because the announcement was planned for Thursday (29JUN06). Speaking to camera, Jones Reynolds said, "Something's 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 tenth season and I will not be returning as co-host next year." And in this week's (ends30JUN06) issue of People magazine, Jones Reynolds says, "What you don't know is that my contract was not renewed for the tenth season. I feel like I was fired." Walters, who created and produces the show, says, "I love Star and I was trying to do everything I possibly could - up until this morning when I was betrayed - to protect her. "I would have loved for Star to have left and not said 'I was fired,' and not make it look like the program was somehow being cruel to her." Walters admits ABC network bosses declined to renew Jones Reynolds' contract after research showed audiences were turned off by the former lawyer's dramatic weight loss and her 2004 marriage to Al Reynolds, where she plugged companies on air in exchange for freebies for her wedding. Walters adds, "We tried to talk them out of it and we tried to give Star time to redeem herself in the eyes of the audience, and the research just kept getting worse."


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To be honest, I have never been a fan of Star Jones, I could barely stand her during the months of wedding planning. However, in the past few months, my opinion of her has changed. As her looks began to change from the weight loss, her personality seemed to change-to evolve even. Personally I have no intention of watching the show after Rosie joins the crew because of her rude comments about her weight loss-which is of no one's business HOW she done it. But for Walters to think she has been betrayed is absurd! You didn't resign JOnes to the 10th season and you hired an obvious enemy of hers and you have the audacity to cry foul because Jones took it upon herself to announce her intentions for the future--pahlease!!!!!
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I've never been a fan of Star Reynolds. Her character and personality has always seemed fickle to me. Then to top it off, she gets her stomach done and loses all that weight, becomes bitchier, then starts thinking she's all that and a bag of chips! I feel bad for Walters because what Star did was, in fact, a sort of betrayal. If it wasn't for Walters, she probably would have never gotten the job in the first place and enjoyed the celebrity status she's had for all this time anyway. I don't think Star acted too professionally. What a Drama-Queen. Then all that business with her wedding... Yuck, what a turn off she is. It's sad that people like her succeed in TV. What a poor role model as well.
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