Tuesday, May 09, 2006

STAR JONES OUT AT THE VIEW, SAYS PAGE SIX

You know, I didn't think it was possible for there to be any bigger divas out there than Star Jones Reynolds.

But apparently Barbara Walters and Rosie O'Donnell might be even bigger divas, because they're about to usher Ms. Jones out the door. Page Six has all the gory details here.

You know, this sounds like something right out of the Politburo. This really is ridiculous, this business of the knives coming out for cast members. Sounds as if Rosie made it a condition of her coming to The View, getting rid of Star Jones. Babs Walters is supposedly going to go on the air and say Star Jones has decided she wants to move on to bigger and better things, but from the sounds of it Star Jones' PR reps aren't cooperating, telling people Star isn't leaving for anywhere! It's pretty obvious that if Star leaves it'll be because she's been carried out on a stretcher, bludgeoned by the rest of the cast. This reeks of what went down years ago with Debbie Matenopoulos, who left under similar murky circumstances.

From the looks of it, though, the whole cast of that show is up to here with Star and her diva antics. They're fed up because of her "Bridezilla" wedding to Al Reynolds and with the free plugs she reportedly got away with mentioning on The View to all these companies that supposedly gave her a bunch of wedding freebies in return. Plus, the tabloids were also saying that Jones trashed Joy Behar for messing up the seating arrangements at the wedding, so Joy is supposed to be all mad at her, too. Rosie is mad because Star claimed to have lost all this weight on her big diet, and accused her of having gastric bypass surgery instead. Rosie criticized Star in public for that, for not telling the truth, so Rosie and Star hate each other.

From reading these tabloids, it seems as if the entire cast of the show has it in for Star Jones, so just like on these reality shows like The Apprentice and Survivor, she's out. Heck, Elisabeth Hasselback should know about these sorts of things, she was on Survivor and had to deal with all the back-stabbing. Turned out to be good training for The View.

Rumor is that Gayle King, Oprah's best friend, is going to be on the show replacing Star. I guess they figure she'll be more popular. I wouldn't doubt it in the least, anyone could be more popular than Star Jones at the moment. I can't think of anyone out there in the viewing audience who actually likes Star Jones or wants to see her anywhere on TV! She was booted off the red carpet telecasts at the award shows by E! network, and replaced by Ryan Seacrest. Her wedding, obviously, got tons of bad press. Then again, who out there hasn't had bad press these days.

What seems odd is that the original group of people on The View, who had such great chemistry on the show, is being completely blown up and dismantled. Meredith Vieira has departed, to TODAY, and if Star Jones goes, well, that's basically half the show gone right there. (Babs Walters only shows up every... so often.) It seems like a huge risk to take, messing with the chemistry of the cast of characters on the show. It's like getting rid of both Teri Hatcher and Nicollette Sheridan from Desperate Housewives, and replacing them with Kim Cattrall and, I dunno, Sela Ward or somebody like that. Really, it seems like a big risk to me.

From a chemistry standpoint I don't see why Star Jones ought to walk the plank. True, she's a big diva, but that was her role on the show! That's the whole point of having her there! Star Jones is there to be the diva who will mix it up and make the show interesting! Besides, she's been there from the beginning and helped make the show a hit. So this is what you get for your loyalty to the show, eh? A bleeping pink slip! I guess they figured that maybe Rosie O'Donnell was going to be one diva too many for the show to handle, and they probably figured Rosie was a more likable diva. So why not get rid of Star Jones? Personally, though, I don't see what Rosie brings to the table. Nobody wants to see her, either; people got tired of her a long time ago. But that's the direction the show is going in.

Who knows what the real story is with this show or what the truth is, really. We'll find out soon enough. I don't know what to make of these moves, but then again, I don't watch this show. From what I gather reading Jump the Shark and these TV websites, this show is viciously hated. It seems everyone in TV land despises The View and everyone on it. This show has been parodied on Saturday Night Live and has been the butt of numerous jokes by late-night TV comedians. Television fans overwhelmingly think this show "Jumped the Shark" on day one, that's how bad they think this show is. Which leads me to wonder: is a possible for a show to jump the shark when TV fans all think this show was no good to begin with?

The departure of Star Jones and more particularly Meredith Vieira seem like a "shark-jump" moment for this show if there ever was one, assuming this show was ever any good. It might be possible that with Star Jones out of there that this silly show might actually improve. I say fat chance--- or thin chance, depending on your point of view.

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