Aly Semigran
February 23, 2012 AT 03:30 PM EST

During a visit to The Today Show on Thursday morning, professional rich guy/television personality Donny Deutsch shared his feelings on Star Jones’ return to The View on Wednesday. While Deutsch and Jones were visiting the show to appear on their “Today’s Professionals” segment, he used the first few moments as a platform to talk about the uncomfortable View reunion.

“They ambushed her,” Deutsch said of her first visit to the show since her controversial exit from the talk show nearly six years ago, “It was cruel what [Barbara Walters] and Joy [Behar] did to her.” Deutsch continued, “I felt like I was watching mean girls in a seventh grade cafeteria pick on a vulnerable girl. They went at her… .I don’t know if they’re doing this for ratings…. I think they owe her an apology.”

But Jones, who said she wanted nothing more than a platform to talk about heart disease, didn’t seem as indignant about the visit as Deutsch. While she gave him a reassuring pat on the knee, she stayed silent during most of Deutsch’s rant against the ladies of The View (namely Walters and Behar) and eventually said, “I’m a big girl and I know how to take care of myself.” Jones added, “That was my home and I really enjoyed being there … [It’s] really important for me to show the world I’ve moved on.”

Watch the moment here.

Which was more uncomfortable: The actual View appearance or this? Was Donny out of his element? Or did he simply stick up for Star? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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