Barbara Walters says she refuses to engage in debate with Star Jones, who accused her of revealing a past affair just to sell books.
“Star is going through a very difficult time right now, and I’m going to have very happy memories of how wonderful she was on the program,” Walters said.
Jones is divorcing banker Al Reynolds. She lashed out at Walters after the journalist wrote in her autobiography Audition that the women of The View were forced to cover up Jones’ gastric bypass surgery as she swiftly lost weight ahead of her wedding. Jones maintained at the time that she was eating less and doing Pilates.
Earlier this week, Jones criticized her former boss for including revelations of an affair with a former U.S. senator in the 1970s. Walters said her intention was to give the book historical perspective.
“I put it in to show in part how race relations have changed,” Walters said. “This was 30 years ago, it was an African-American prominent man. And it would’ve destroyed his career and mine. Today it would have almost no impact.”
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