Oh, and by the way …

Star Jones weighed in on Barbara Walters’ new book “Audition.” Walters has outed herself as a “lover of the light brown” in the book, admitting to a 1970s potentially career-ending fling with a black man who just happened to be a US Senator, Edward Brooke.

No big.

She also dished on Jones’ whole “portion management and Pilates” conspiracy to keep the public from knowing about her gastric bypass surgery when she was a co-host on “The View.”

Being a former (current?) attorney, Jones had no problem writing her opening bitchslap.

“It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book. It speaks to her true character,” Jones told Us Weekly magazine.

Man, that stung. And it stung from a woman who marketed her wedding to the highest bidder and shilled shoes for Payless!

Now I’m no big fan of Star Jones. Mostly because I think she’s a little self-involved (little?), but I’m a fan of all Effie Whites, black women who refuse to leave even when your name has been removed from the marquee, your final check has been cut, the security guards have come to escort you from the set and your man is running off with the good wedding China. Do you hold your head in you widdle hands and cry. No, no, no. You stamp your foot and you belt it out! You’re not going! You don’t wanna be free!

People, of course, are flaming her criticism as pure bitchatude, but let’s remove ourselves from Star’s ego and really take in what she said about Barbara.

Star basically says Walters is an old bitty who is ruining the name of old bitties (like Rue McClanahan or Betty White) because she has run out of things to say. That Walters is no longer relevant or interesting, thus she has to rehash Disco Jungle Fever affairs of more than thirty years ago and drag up the carcass of her famed fall out with Jones.

Star is saying Barbara is pathetic. Pathetic with a capital “P.”

No matter how you feel about Star, she has a point. Something just doesn’t set right about taking out the trash in a tell-all, instead of revealing something that was your own personal cross to bear (like Mike Wallace’s bouts with clincal depression). Walters could have just kept the memoirs about her career, her life, her many ex-husbands, but everyone had heard and read that already. So she chose to embarrass an old ass man’s family and, I don’t know, for SHITS and GRINS, kick now bony Star Jones around for ol’ times sake.

Really, Barbara? Really? This is what it has come? You’ve got me agreeing with Star Jones?

Even if she only said it because her feelings were hurt. Even if she was only bitchslapping you because she is, in fact, a BITCH. That doesn’t make it any less true.

You couldn’t do the dignified thing. You couldn’t be Kathrine Hepburn. You couldn’t even be Christina Crawford of “Mommy Dearest” fame. At least she waited until her mother died and wrote her out of the will to get even. No. You had to go all Kitty Kelly.

Don’t believe that because you’re so high up on your mass media horse you have become as noble as that stance. Admit it. You needed drama to sell a book. It’s OK. Everybody does it. And by everybody, I mean the whores. I know you’re thinking, whore is a really strong word, but it’s really not that bad. Not when you think about it. And you’re with some really high quality, literary whores who are millionaires and stuff. I’m sure you like standing astride the gossip loving masses next to Joe Canseco, LaToya Jackson and Karrine Steffans, that special place where you will enjoy the glow one can only get by pissing on the people who got you there.

4 thoughts on “Oh, and by the way …

  1. I’m not feeling Babs with this book. It’s just wretched. Not right. PS- Did you post your Family Obama Diary over at DailyKos? It really was one of your best.

  2. rikyrah: I know. If she’d simply written about her life and the sexism she faced, her personal turmoils and her triumphs, her kids, her friends, her whatever, it would have been cool. And it would have been cool to write about the affair IF SHE’D ASKED OLD BOY ABOUT IT FIRST! I mean, that was just dirty. You wanted him to leave his first wife for you. He did,then you balked because it would hurt your career. I mean, you both were in the wrong, but a little personal courtesy, please!I think she was salty he didn’t mention her in his book.That said, I did put it up on DailyKos. You can see it <A HREF="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/5/1308/95662/92/509443“ REL=”nofollow”>here.

  3. Why is this news? I wanna’ punch the media for trying to start some shit with Star and Babs when Babs don’t wanna go there. They are always picking on Star. Eventhough I can’t get down with her, I know when someone is fucking with one of us because they can when we are down. It’s like they want to wound her when she is dealing with public humilation already about so many things. Just like you said, Babs needed fodder to bait attention and the media wanted one more thing to jab at Stars. I like what Star said about the “sunset”. Damn! Ouch!And I liked what she said about Babs embarrassing a family. Ouch!But I hate that the media baits Star because of their pre-existing relationship. She had to say something and that’s good in this one case. Star was accurate in her whole biting assessment. That was the Star that made her interesting in the first place as an attorney. I hope Star has learned her lesson about thinking she was so siddity and a peer of those that can make you and break you. That is when you slip up. You forget that they can always reduce you back to being the official help when you got it twisted and forget you always were the help (on making Babs successful with The View).

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