Star Jones Undergoes Heart Bypass Surgery
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She’s recovering, and the surgery was performed last Wednesday, March 17.
In a statement to PEOPLE, a rep for the television personality confirmed the procedure. “On Wednesday, March 17th, a pre-planned cardiac surgery was performed on Star Jones,” the statement read. “This recent surgery is a follow-up to the thoracic surgery she had 30 years ago. The procedure was successful and she is recovering well with her family. Star is grateful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”
In August 2003, Jones, 47, underwent gastric bypass surgery and subsequently lost 160 lbs. Her recent cardiac surgery comes just days before her 48th birthday on March 24.
Compared to Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique, Star Jones’ weight loss was so dramatic and extreme that people have never gotten used to her svelte looks. I know I haven’t. There have been times that she has resembled, for me, Divine’s character in Pink Flamingoes, an association I’ve tried hard to erase in my mind. Latifah and Mo’Nique look healthy and happy–and voluptuous–and believable. Since she became thinner, Jones has looked drawn, unhealthy, and weak, as if her jewelry was sometimes the only thing holding her up. (The photo upwind shows her once again showing some breast and cleavage in a bid to be sexy–I’m not feeling it. I didn’t feel it when she was heavier. It speaks to a sense of style that I feel is missing.) I’ve read that she has suffered from other maladies since the gastric bypass surgery; however, her heart surgery is said to be unrelated to the 2003 procedure.
Barbara Walters, on behalf of The View women, wished Jones all the best for a speedy recovery from her surgery. Which says a lot after the acrimony engendered by Jones’ exit from the show in 2006. Upon the 2008 publication of Barbara Walters’ book, Audition, which also revealed Walters’ affair with black former Republican Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, Jones told Us Weekly, “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.”
It was simply good politics for Walters to speak publicly and well towards Jones. To say nothing would have invited comment. Besides, the show and Walters have moved on. Star Jones hasn’t been able to get a long-running show on her own since.
- Star Jones Returns to The View Six Years After “Ugly” Exit – How Did It Go? (eonline.com)
- Star Jones Returns to The View, Recalls ‘Ugly’ Departure (people.com)
- Star Jones Returns to The View (thehollywoodgossip.com)