Star Jones has been notoriously silent about her gastric bypass surgery — for years she denied it, and she only recently admitted that she had the surgery in a September 2007 article for Glamour. But her show today was the first time we have heard her speak publicly about the surgery and its impact on her life. Star (who was a size 24/26 and had to lose 160 pounds!) mostly wanted to react to the backlash she got from jealous, angry friends and urged her guest, a fellow gastric bypass patient, to seek counseling. Two choice quotes:
"It hurts my feelings to think that people never came up to me and said, 'You don't need to gain any more weight' but they sure as heck will say, 'You don't need to lose any more.'"
"Let the haters hate, girl, that's what they do. If you wake up and you got 20 haters, be mad because you need 20 more."
From Court TV, 11/7