The day after correspondent Star Jones returned to The View stage for the first time since she was unceremoniously fired six years ago, her Today Show co-panelist, Donny Deutsch, took Barbara Walters to task for ambushing the former legal eagle.
The Celebrity Apprentice alum — one of the show’s five original co-hosts — made her View return promoting an awareness campaign about heart disease among women. Jones gabbed about her involvement in the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” public information campaign.
In 2010, both Walters and Jones underwent open heart surgery to repair faulty heart valves within two months of each other.
But no sooner had Star sat down, Walters drudged up the star’s abrupt 2006 exit from the show.
“What had happened was your contract was not renewed…. You surprised us on the air.”
Jones seemed taken aback that this was the first topic of conversation, but noted, “Everything was ugly,” saying that “it was a bad emotional time” for her. “I made the decision that I wanted to go out on my own terms.”
On Thursday’s edition of “Today’s Professionals,” Deutsch likened the segment to “watching the mean girls in the seventh-grade cafeteria take on a vulnerable girl.”
“They went at her … It was cruel, and I think they owe her an apology.”
Fellow panelist Dr. Nancy Synderman agreed:
“The pain on your face was extraordinarily apparent…I could see it on your face…”
Jones was appreciative of her colleague’s sentiments, but assured Deutsch that she’s more than capable of handling herself.