STAR JONES FACES AX FROM THE VIEW

Published on: February 8, 2006
STAR JONES FACES AX FROM THE VIEW

By PATRICIA SHIPP

Star Jones may be fading from The View — sources say executives for the daytime hit are secretly interviewing celebrities to replace the diva!

According to insiders, Star, 43, has worn out her welcome with her over-the- top antics after nine years on the show. Now execs are said to be going behind her back to try to replace her as soon as possible.

"The producers are looking for someone to take over from Star who will blend in with the other co-hosts," a show insider revealed. "They want someone who will jump into the conversation with their own viewpoint but not be so combative and stubborn as Star has been over the years.

"All the actresses who have been approached know this is a wonderful opportunity," the show insider added. "They are all seriously considering the job because of course it could lead to other big opportunities in the business. Who in their right mind would turn it down? Now it's up to the producers to decide who's the best choice."

Star was a hit with viewers in the show's early days in 1997, says the show insider, but her on and off-air spats with co-host Joy Behar are said to have turned off her bosses. In December, the two clashed over Walters' interview of a Palestinian extremist in an Israeli jail.

A rep for The View said: "Star continues to be an integral part of the show. From time to time The View approaches new talent to be substitute co-hosts."