Every time I've seen Star Jones since she left "The View," I've thought of how badly she handled the whole weight loss/wedding/leaving "The View" drama. She's a textbook case on how a public figure should not handle such public events in her life.
Last week Oprah Winfrey did a show about celebrities and weight loss which included Star. In the interview, Star finally admitted her dramatic 160 pound weight loss while she was on "The View" was due to gastric bypass surgery. She also said the reason she didn't say so at the time was because she was too emotionally fragile and ashamed to talk about it.
Though I sympathize with Star, my sympathy only goes so far because she had plenty of opportunities to make the entire situation better for herself.
One opportunity Star wasted was having a prominent colleague, Barbara Walters, ready and eager to tell her story with compassion, and not taking advantage of it. That's in addition to ignoring how many viewers would have supported and respected her for coming clean.
Star was not just a public figure, she was someone on a live, daily talk show, whose show was built around its co-hosts talking about their lives. So for one of those women to go through something so public and act like she was too good to talk about it felt like a betrayal to viewers. And if that sounds strong, you gotta remember that daytime viewers are primarily women and very loyal to shows and personalities they like. Viewers are investing their time in you and they expect something in return.
And it's not like Star wasn't warned. After hearing her say in the interview with Oprah that she warned several of her close advisers that she would fire them all if they ever mentioned coming clean about the surgery again, it makes me think those people were savvy media professionals who deserved a better client.