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Tomorrow, Star Jones is scheduled to return to “The View” for the first time since she left the show in 2006, in order to bring awareness to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Of course, anyone who’s a fan of the show — and pretty much anyone else who read the entertainment press — knows that her exit from her 9-year co-hosting gig on the daytime show was anything but amicable.
Recall that this was shortly after Meredith Vieira left to replace Katie Couric on “Today,” and ABC was none too happy about Star’s extreme weight loss and her over-marketed wedding to Al Reynolds, so they decided not to renew her contract, a move that had been rumored for months. In the clip above, Star interrupts Barbara Walters to tell the audience that the network “decided to go in a different direction for the tenth season” of the show, leaving it with just three panelists.
Walters was blindsided by the announcement and its content, especially because she had expected Star to wait a few more days before bowing out gracefully. Not only did she express her dismay over Star’s actions to the press, but on the next day’s show, she gave the audience a pointed statement about Star’s unplanned announcement:
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ABC posted both clips to the show’s site about a week ago, anticipating Star’s return. It seems like both parties are in a good place now: After a just-as-controversial year with Rosie O’Donnell, “The View” has been chugging along with Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd for a few years. Star has dropped the “Reynolds” from her name and her life — they divorced in 2008 — and has a good gig as a legal analyst on “Today.”
But will there still be sparks flying, especially between Walters and Jones? Will Joy Behar or Elisabeth Hasselbeck start a fight with their former couch-mate? Or will everything be happy, happy, happy? Even if it’s all nice-nice, Star tends to not keep her feelings to herself, even if she says them with a smile. It should be interesting either way, though.