The Battle Continues

June 29, 2006 By:
The Battle Continues

Depending on whose “view” you’re on, you can’t deny that this bitter fight is oh so very juicy! Yesterday Barbara Walters humiliated Star Jones on “The View” by opening the shows by her remarks, "And then there were three. ". Barbara told viewers that she was surprised when Jones Reynolds interrupted Tuesday's broadcast to say she was quitting. "We gave her time to look for another job and hoped that she would announce it on this program and leave with dignity," said Walters, confirming Jones Reynolds' contract for a 10th season had not been renewed. "But Star made another choice."

Today we hear from the New York Daily News that Star Jones Reynolds has launched a counterattack against Barbara Walter. “For Barbara to say she felt betrayed is the height of hypocrisy," Jones Reynolds candidly told News contributor Jawn Murray. Jones said she was humiliated by Walters' decision not only to let her go but to hire archenemy Rosie O'Donnell as co-host. "Rosie had attacked me on every single evening entertainment program," said the 44-year-old former lawyer. "Barbara used that week to call her and invite her to be part of a show that I helped launch nine years ago." O'Donnell criticized Jones for not confirming that her 150-pound slim-down was partly due to gastric bypass surgery. Jones Reynolds recalled the April 21 phone call from her agents telling her she was being dropped from "The View."

"Barbara did not call me herself," she said, bitterly. " After nine years, she didn't call me. They told me my contract would not be renewed because my approval rating had gone down. ... I was like, whoa!" She claimed producers had previously assured her that her job was safe when she challenged them about replacement rumors. "I came to work every day. I held my head up. I operated in grace and dignity," she explained. "I knew since April but I still came to work."

So how did all this drama start? Sources say the catfight started after Jones Reynolds told People magazine that "The View" had not offered her a new contract and "I feel like I am being fired." There was more fuel thrown on this fire when Walters said in a interview that Star "lost the audience" and viewers were turned off by her astonishing weight loss and diva-ish behavior preceding her 2004 wedding.

What’s Rosie doing in all this turmoil? Writing about it on her