Star Jones: In the Hot Seat

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How do you feel about Whoopi Goldberg joining The View?
STAR JONES: I'm excited for her. I spoke to her the day before they announced it and we talked for a long time. I consider her one of my dear friends. I think she brings intelligent diversity because she will put things in perspective as it relates to a community other than the majority community, and by that I mean not just race, but religion and wealth. And that's a big deal.

Have you talked to Barbara Walters since you left the show?
No, I have not spoken to Barbara, but I got a congratulatory note from her after [Court TV] announced my show. I wouldn't expect anything less. I've spoken to Elisabeth [Hasselbeck] and we e-mail back and forth. But I have not spoken to anybody else.

Did you watch The View during the Rosie O'Donnell era?
I haven't watched the show since the day I left. I kept up with it because you can't turn on the Internet and not keep up with it. I wish them the best with the direction that they wanted to go in and I hope they got what they wanted.

How do you feel about the way Rosie's reign ended?
From what I understand, Rosie used to go after Elisabeth all the time. I disagree with almost everything Elisabeth says, but I'd die for her right to say it. She has every right to believe what she believes. And you should be able to do television and disagree and walk away as colleagues.

What's your take on the difference between your departure from The View and Rosie's?
I made good choices is the best way to put it. I made very good choices. But I made good choices for the long run.

For more of Star's views, and her defense of Britney's mothering skills, see our online-only continuation of this Star Jones Q&A.

Originally posted Aug 17, 2007 Published in issue #949-950 Aug 24, 2007 Order article reprints

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