Barbara Walters Responds To Star Jones’ Comments Over Her Memoir
First Published: May 8, 2008 4:09 PM EDT Credit: AP
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Earlier this week, Star Jones took aim at Barbara Walters for the things the veteran journalist wrote about her in the book, “Audition.” And now, Barbara has responded.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, in her memoir, Barbara claims Star made her lie about her gastric bypass surgery during their time on “The View” together. Barbara also opened for the first time about an affair she had with then-married African-American Senator Edward Brooke in the ‘70s.
“It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book,” Star told Us Weekly exclusively. “It speaks to her true character.”
Now Barbara herself has responded.
“I wouldn’t dignify this with a comment,” “The View” kingpin said.
This isn’t the first feud between the former co-workers.
Things got painful between the two women, according to Barbara, after Star and “The View” producers agreed to announce Star’s departure from the show on June 29, 2006.
“On June 27, to my amazement, we’re sitting like this,” Barbara said at the time, painting a picture for the audience. Star herself made the announcement
“I will not be returning as co-host next year,” Star said.
The early news came as a shock to Barbara.
“Well, I thought she was just telling people two days earlier, so I got up and I said let’s everybody give her a standing ovation,” Barbara recalled. “And suddenly I see Bill Geddie, my co-executive producer, I think he’s going to burst a blood vessel. “
Star had given an interview prior to the announcement, one which inflamed tensions on the set.
“Over the weekend, Star had done an interview with People magazine which was coming out that day in which she said it wasn’t my bad ratings, I was fired. Bill Geddie and Barbara have lied,” Barbara said. “I was so furious with her. ‘I thought, I didn’t do this to her, she did this to herself, she could have left with any kind of grace.’”
Today, the women of “The View” determined the Star Jones/Barbara Walters feud was not a “Hot Topic,” as it never came up.
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