Star Jones wrote a book in 2011 titled Satan’s Sisters about her experience on the panel of The View. It’s no secret that Star hasn’t been on good terms with her former co-hosts and definitely went out on a bad note. Now VH1 is bringing that drama to life in the form of a scripted TV series that will tell the story of what really went down from Jones’ point of view.
Star’s book Satan’s Sisters details a fictional talk show The Lunch Hour that just happens to have a lot in common with her time on the ABC talk show The View.
“I’m so excited that Satan’s Sisters, which was such a fun book to write, is finally coming to the small screen,” Jones said in a statement. “I would be lying if I said that Satan’s Sisters wasn’t influenced by the soap opera life of daytime TV but it is a work of fiction. All the characters are inspired, in parts, by someone I’ve worked with, worked for, interviewed, was interviewed by and/or even prosecuted.”
— Daytime Confidential (@dcconfidential) February 19, 2016
What will Barbara Walters think of Star Jones’ new show? Certainly, the announcement of VH1’s new scripted series will renew the feud between Walters and Jones. VH1 has announced that the new and now highly-anticipated series won’t debut until 2017. That’s plenty of time to get some buzz going between the current co-hosts on The View and Star Jones, who sat on the ABC talk show panel from 1997 to 2006 according to Entertainment Weekly.
Star Jones mysteriously left The View in 2006 after announcing that she would be leaving the show that summer. Walters later admitted that she was betrayed by Star, who wasn’t supposed to make that announcement for two more days. It turns out that Star wasn’t leaving the show on her own. Jones contract on The View wasn’t being renewed, leading the co-host to announce that she was leaving sooner than Walters had wanted. Rather than ride out the rest of the season, Star Jones was removed from The View except in appearances that had been taped earlier.
In 2012, Barbara Walters attempted to bury the beef with Star Jones by inviting her back on The View.
“I say this genuinely. I am so happy to welcome back Star Jones,” Walters announced.
It didn’t take long for Barbara to bring up Star’s hasty departure and her willingness to hash it out, but Star wasn’t having it.
“Are we really going to go here, Barbara? Do we care at this point, my sister? I honestly don’t,” Star lashed out at Walters.
“It was ugly,” Jones responded. “It was a bad emotional time. Nasty things were being said in the media…. I made the decision that I wanted to go out on my own terms. I wanted to control it so that when I walked back in here if I were ever invited, I would feel good about coming in.”
— The View (@TheView) February 18, 2016
Even though Star’s book-turned-series is fictional, there is no question that it is based on her experiences while working on The View. The VH1 series will follow a popular, fictional talk show called The Lunch Hour, and based on their own description, the episodes will chronicle “a long-running, popular ladies’ talk show in which alliances are forged, careers are made, and bridges are burned.” Sounds familiar, right?
“Daytime TV now comments on and creates pop culture,” said VH1 general manager Chris McCarthy. “Star Jones’ book is the perfect project for VH1 and our partners to bring to life.”
Satan’s Sisters will be executive produced by Star Jones, Josh Berman, and more. The new Star Jones’ series is set to debut on VH1 in 2017.
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