Access Exclusive: Star Leaves 'The View'

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BURBANK, Calif. (June 26, 2006) — Star Jones Reynolds will announce her departure from “The View” this week, Access Hollywood learned.

A source close to “The View” told Access Monday that Star Jones Reynolds will leave “The View” in July and will announce the departure on the show this week.

As a result, the much discussed face-off between Star and incoming co-host, Rosie O’Donnell, will never occur.

O’Donnell is not joining the gals until September.

By July, Star will have been at “The View” for close to nine years, having been a part of the show since its inception in August 1997.

Barbara Walters, creator of “The View” and Star’sfellow co-host, did not return Access? calls for comment.

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