Star Jones Reynolds has announced plans to leave her “View” seat after nine seasons on the talk show.
Reynolds made the announcement on Tuesday morning’s show.
“I’ve spent an amazing nine years as a part of The View family, and they have been the most professionally and personally rewarding years of my life,” Reynolds said on-air. “Through it all, I have appreciated the support of my family, my friends and most importantly the viewers, and I am grateful for all of the love that has been shown to me…The View is now moving in a new direction, and I will not be returning this fall–but wherever I go, I will carry a lifetime of memories with me.”
Rumors of the Star’s impending departure first started in April, when comedian and former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell was named as the successor to Meredith Vieira, who will be co-anchor of the Today show this Fall.
“Barbara Walters’ choice of O’Donnell to take over the moderator chair, a gig Reynolds was rumored to have been vying for, led gossip rags and reputable media alike to view the hiring as a passive-aggressive–or in some cases, just aggressive–attempt at edging Reynolds out of the show, a claim Walters denied. Sort of.” According to E! Online.
Walters told the New York Times that she was unconcerned that O’Donnell, who has a well-known history of feuding with Reynolds, would be an unsettling presence for the former prosecutor. “The only concern would be Star’s,” Walters said. “Rosie will be there. And if Star wants to continue to be there, she is welcome. Star’s part of the View family and will be in The View as long as she wants to.”
E! Reports, “not according to Reynolds. The exiting personality told People Magazine that the decision to leave was hardly her own. “What you don’t know is that my contract was not renewed for the 10th season,” she says in the magazine in its issue on newsstands Friday. “I feel like I was fired.”
According to E! Online, “When asked about Reynolds, O’Donnell called her, ‘An interesting woman on many levels. I do not wish her any ill will. I just think it’s very hard for everyone to participate in, you know, the illusion that she presents as her truth.’”