Star Jones tells Oprah she was a food addict; doc said she’d die

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Star Jones appears on Oprah today in an episode about losing weight in the public eye. From the advance clips she actually comes off as somewhat humble and less self-involved than she was before she was axed from The View.

Star says she had gastric bypass surgery in 2006 not to take an easy way out – it wasn’t – but because her weight was so drastically affecting her health that her doctor told her she was going to die. Jones says she was – for all intents and purposes – an addict, and despite the consequences to her health, she simply could not stop eating.

Star Jones — whose rapid weight loss played into her rocky exit from “The View” in 2006 — denies she took an easy way out having gastric bypass surgery and without the changes, Jones was told she would have died.

“I’m still 300 pounds in my head some days,” Jones told Oprah Winfrey in a taped episode airing Wednesday. Jones admitted she was scared to disappoint people and ashamed that she wasn’t able to control her weight.

“… I was an addict for all practical purposes, that I had never stuck to a real diet, that I’d never stuck to a real exercise program, and that when confronted by my doctor and the doctor said if you don’t make changes, you will die. I had no choice.” Jones said. “When you hear people say, oh, you took the easy way out, I would have longed for an easy way. It was not an easy way. It was this — the hardest struggle of my whole entire life and I still struggle.”

Jones responded to remarks by former co-host Barbara Walters that after the surgery, the show’s audience couldn’t relate to Jones anymore.

“I was hurt and upset initially,” Jones said. “I’m so sorry that I placed a burden on my colleagues. I never asked them to lie.”

[From the Chicago Sun-Times]

I’ve always been sort of confused by the accusation that people who get gastric bypass or gastric band surgery are taking the easy way out. It seems like a pretty extreme, hardcore, and painful way to go about it. I’d rather do a million diets than have to go that route. To me it’s what people do as an absolute last resort – whether it’s because they can’t otherwise control a food addiction, are suffering from diabetes (it has a high instance of reversing the disease even before significant weight loss is achieved), or simply have bodies that are resistant to weight loss. And the side effects sound really miserable, and they can be permanent.

I think the reason The View’s audience couldn’t relate to Star after her surgery wasn’t that she was thin; it was how obnoxious she was. She already came across as self-absorbed and full of herself at times (the whole fiasco about her constantly using the show to promote her wedding didn’t win her any fans), and the weight loss appeared to magnify those personality traits in her. Getting fired from the show did seem to humble Star, and when she admitted to the surgery she became a little less disliked in the public eye.

It’s time for Star to become something other than “the lady who got weight loss surgery and was fired from The View.” Her CourtTV show was canceled, and it doesn’t seem like she’s been up to much since then. Dragging up tired feuds is getting old.

Here’s Star Jones leaving her Manhattan hotel on January 20th. Images thanks to WENN .

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  1. HEB says:

    I’m a food addict also, its very tough-which is why I’m so glad I’m not addicted to any drugs-I’d never be able to kick it.

    A lot of people are food addicts and they think gastric bypass will fix it–it doesn’t–I know someone who ate a donut when she got out of surgery. So I really hope Star doesn’t mean to express that the surgery kicked her addiction–that can be misleading.

  2. gia says:

    it makes perfect sense to think that she actually is a lawyer/ prosecutor. the ease with which she lies and manipulates derive from years of professional experience. why does anyone even care about what this woman has to say? What’s her claim to fame? She is neither particularily smart, or good-looking, or funny, or productive. Really, why is she on the radar?

  3. j. ferber says:

    I don’t buy for one minute that Star is humble. Maybe Oprah counseled her to act that way. I’ve read so many stories of her ripping off people. She got a landscaper to landscape her property for free, though it should have cost thousands. She told him she’d give him free publicity, but she didn’t. He sued and she counter-sued, claiming he damaged her property. Please. Maybe it enhances her self-esteem to cheat people, but never let it be said she’s a humble person. Also, she lied about her weight loss, saying she was doing Pilates to drop so much weight. I still don’t think she looks good, either, but I hope the weight loss improved her health.

  4. Ash says:

    Is this supposed to be new News?


  5. Feebee says:

    Her quotes all sound very rehearsed, very carefully worded. Does not sound genuine. No surprise there.

  6. the original kate says:

    ugh! when will this tacky beast go away once and for all?

  7. Prissa says:

    Looks like she gaining it back to me. *shrug, rolls eyes*

  8. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Too bad she’s not addicted to silence and avoiding public attention- what a refreshing change that would be.

  9. And What says:

    Food addict?

    Oh, please. Don’t even try and raise that as a condition or defence. You’re greedy and eating too much sugar. End.

  10. Good luck Star. You deserve a break. The media is horrible to you.

  11. hairball says:

    If you don’t think people can be addicted to food, look around at most of America.

  12. It is amazing 2 me how most of u didn’t see the interview YET have already decided WHO she is, WHAT she really meant by what she said, and HOW humble or honest she really was….Really Women are the same person you were 3 years ago? are you the same person after a divorce? after surgery?


    Have you endured 4 life changing humbling events in the public eye (weight gain & loss, wedding, divorce)?

    If you watched the show you would see she spoke about everything, coming clean about everything. No excuses. But even that isn’t enough. It’s BITCHES like you who forced Brittany to break down and shave her head. Learn 2 listen, have a heart, and understand someone else sometimes.

  13. Hate On Haters says:

    Well said, Really Women! It’s amazing how much energy people invest in hating on someone they don’t even know.