The View's Star Jones ripped by ex-cohost Meredith Vieira for 'not being honest' about weight loss surgery in reunion

THE View alum Star Jones has been slammed by her ex-cohost Meredith Vieira for not being honest about her weight loss surgery.

The stars recently reunited to celebrate the daytime talk show's 25th anniversary.

Star, 60, joined Meredith as well as Debbie Matenopoulos and current The View host Joy Behar, and opened up about various personal topics.

Part of the conversation led Star to discuss her mental and physical health struggles while on the show, which she kept quiet at the time.

She admitted: "I regret that I was not strong enough to admit that I was in a depression and really ill about my health.

"I really regret that I just wasn't there."

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Star left the program in 2006 after nine years and has since been open about her struggles, most notably her weight.

"I remember you said to me, 'It would have been great if someone said, Star, you need to lose weight, you're unhealthy,'" Joy 79, remembered during their reunion.

"And I said, 'Star, if I said that to you, you would have bit my head off' and you said, 'Yes, I would have!'"

"We were worried," Meredith, 68, chimed in.

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During her time on the show, Star claimed her weight loss was due to a "medical intervention" and shared the benefits of diet and exercise with the audience.


In reality, the TV personality had had gastric bypass surgery in 2003, and never revealed it on The View.

"To be honest, [we were] a little bit angry at the dialogue because we felt, 'This isn't honest,'" Meredith told Star during the reunion.

Joy added: "She was in tremendous denial and we had to pretend it was something other than it was.

"We didn't like that. We were told, 'Well you have to be an actress,' and it's like, 'We don't get paid to be an actress.' We were uncomfortable with that."

Despite the previous tension, Joy gave her former cohost praise and said: "… You have grown tremendously since then. It's good that you've come this far."

"My greatest achievement is that I'm healthier now than I have been in my whole life," Star said.


While the ladies enjoyed looking back at the show's history, there was one notable face missing from the reunion: Barbara Walters, who was one of the original five hosts.

The now 92-year-old led the show until her retirement in 2014, and Whoopi Goldberg, who joined in 2007, is currently the show’s moderator.

Barbara has not had many public appearances over the years, and some reports have alleged she has been diagnosed with dementia, although the legendary TV star's rep has not confirmed the claim.

During the reunion, the ladies of The View praised Barbara and her impact.

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Star said: "One thing that Barbara does not get enough credit for: she raised the whole conversation of diversity and put it on television.

"She made sure that everybody heard the opinion of an overweight Black woman."

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