You may or may not have read today’s New York Times article about Star Jones leaving ABC’s The View.
For those who don’t know, ABC’s The View is a daily morning talk show that was founded by Barbara Walters and has waltzed its way into America’s heart over the last few years. Star Jones, one of the few standouts of the program, has brought levity and humor to the show for years and has been given nothing back in return (except for lots of money and fame). And this week, that tradition of “getting nothing back” continued when ABC announced they were not going to renew her contract this Fall.
But there’s always a silver lining to life’s biggest disappointments.
Effective August 1st, 2006 — Star Jones will be joining Words For My Enjoyment as a contributor, consultant, fashion and style correspondent and food reviewer. And while up until yesterday Star Jones declined to comment about her next step in the world of Entertainment, we talked about it last night and decided that today was as good a day as any to break the news to the worldwide readers of WFME.
Know that I’ve tried for a very long time to keep WFME as a solo enterprise. I’ve never included online ads, asked anyone to pay for the content, forced people to buy silly products with the WFME logo or even taken that horrible step of going corporate. I was wholeheartedly against turning WFME into a commercial success but a creative nightmare. That’s why WFME has remained an island unto itself.
With Star Jones being added to the list of writers here at WFME you can expect the same quirky content but written from a female perspective. You can expect the same star sightings and conversations, but written (half of the time) with a female twist. You can expect the same hard-core food journalism, but now that Star is a part of WFME we’ll probably be getting a lot of free food and buffet opportunities we never had before.
I asked Star Jones to give a brief quote about why she chose WFME over a slew of other opportunities she had knocking at her door and this is what she said:
Leaving my family on The View was a tough decision to make. I thought long and hard about what my next opportunity in the world of entertainment should be and there were many paths I could have traversed. But when all was said and done I decided that my next decision should not be made for money. Or success. Or fame. Or location. Or health benefits. And so, as of August 1st I will be joining Words For My Enjoyment. I have the utmost of respect for Paul Davidson, what he does, and I believe our new partnership will take the world by storm.
August 1st won’t be here soon enough!
Update 6/30/06: I called Star this morning after receiving all the unhappy/angry comments people left on this post in an attempt to get her to write something on the blog to explain her decision to join WFME. You can listen to our conversation (which she’s agreed to let me post), here.