Statements and titles that can be connected to co-hosts#8217; feud

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 3, 2006

I know that many of you have heard enough last week about the incident between Star Jones-Reynolds and Barbara Walters, co-hosts of ABC’s The View. Walters is the creator of the show.

However, I just couldn’t let some funny statements made by some nighttime talk show hosts, and movie critics who related to the incident, and some truthful headlines and statements made by some clergymen that could relate to the subject go unrecognized.

For those of you who are not familiar with what happened, Reynolds made an announcement June 27, that the show was going in a different direction, she would no longer be a co-host and would not be returning in the fall. Reynolds said Walters had previously talked with her about making an announcement on June 29 and said she felt betrayed because the announcement caught her by surprise. Therefore, on Wednesday Reynolds’ credits had been removed from the beginning of the show and she was asked by ABC immediately after Tuesday’s announcement not to return for any more shows. She was not scheduled to leave the show until July 13. Interviews with Reynolds followed on Thursday night with Larry King Live on the CNN, on the NBC Today’s show with Al Roker, and in People Magazine, where she stated that ABC did not want to renew her contract and she felt like she was fired.

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So now the feud and statements continue.

On The Tonight last Wednesday night, Jay Leno opened the show with the statement, “From the View to the few.”

Last Friday, the NBC Today show, with Lester Holt serving as commentator, did an interview with Joel McHale, a movie critic in Los Angeles. He came on dressed in Star Wars space head gear and said that the incident between Reynolds and Walters could be titled just that.

Reynolds made a statement that she thought her co-hosts were her friends. That’s when I thought about Jeff Cremeans’ sermon that was published in the News-Herald on Saturday, June 24. In it he said that someone told him that the definition of a friend is the one who walks in when everyone else has walked out.

Reynolds stated in one interview that Elizabeth Hasselhoff is the only co-host who called her on last Wednesday to ask her if she was all right.

In her interview with Roker, she told him it was the last one that she was going to give.

I thought that this was a good decision since she may need Walters or ABC for a reference for future big opportunities. That is when I thought about the sermon headline of the Rev. Dan Puckett, printed in last Saturday’s News-Herald, which read, “Anger and wrath can lead to ruin.”

Melinda Gates, the wife of the richest man in the United States, Bill Gates, also has a favorite quote. “If you go alone, you will go fast; but if you go with others, you will go far.”

Reynolds took it upon herself to make her statement without the consent of her bosses, causing her to be dismissed immediately. However, she stated that she does not know what the future holds, but she knows who holds the future. She will go far because she is trusting in the Lord to be with her.

But wait, I have a couple of my own. Walters told People magazine that she didn’t understand why Reynolds wanted to say she was fired. She also told People that she told Reynolds she could tell any story that she wanted to and she and Bill Geddie, co-executive producer of The View, would back her up and would never say that her contract was not renewed.

I think it was good that Reynolds told the truth, because as the saying goes, two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead, and what goes on in the dark will surely come out in the light.

Wall is a former News-Herald reporter and regular contributor to the Town Square Page