Star Jones tells Oprah Winfrey: I was an addict, was told I would die

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Star Jones appears on Wednesday's airing of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (George Burns/Harpo photo)

Star Jones -- whose rapid weight loss played into her rocky exit from "The View" in 2006 -- denies she took an easy way out having gastric bypass surgery and without the changes, Jones was told she would have died.

"I'm still 300 pounds in my head some days," Jones told Oprah Winfrey in a taped episode airing Wednesday.

Jones admitted she was scared to disappoint people and ashamed that she wasn't able to control her weight.

"... I was an addict for all practical purposes, that I had never stuck to a real diet, that I'd never stuck to a real exercise program, and that when confronted by my doctor and the doctor said if you don't make changes, you will die. I had no choice." Jones said. "When you hear people say, oh, you took the easy way out, I would have longed for an easy way. It was not an easy way. It was this -- the hardest struggle of my whole entire life and I still struggle."

Jones responded to remarks by former co-host Barbara Walters that after the surgery, the show's audience couldn't relate to Jones anymore.

"I was hurt and upset initially," Jones said. "I'm so sorry that I placed a burden on my colleagues. I never asked them to lie."

Jones' appearance is part of a show on losing weight in the public eye. Valerie Bertinelli and Marie Osmond will also appear on Wednesday's show.

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Dear Oprah and friends: Star Jones' interview was an affirmation for me. I lost 66 lbs. over the last 4 years, with the last 24 lbs in 2008. MY friends thought I had a terminal illness, and when they discovered I didn't, proceeded to nag me to eat this and that foods I didn't want. No diet program was used, except for a personal self-evaluation to find the Happy ME who lives inside. When I found her, she was very sad, but she is a vibrant,loving and enthusiastic person who now turns heads,flirts with the guys in the check-out lanes in grocery stores, and joins in life's activities with joy and glee, doesn't object when people take photographs, and who walks renewed joy and pleasantness about her. She is MY inside happy person:The real me I kept hidden from any kind potential hurt and away any positive life experiences out of sadness.not depression,but sadness.
Weight loss is a side effect of discovering the person inside needs to be happy. I can document the day when things changed,and can see it in photographs. People who have known me for years ask me what is different. The answer is I am truly happy. I know what I can manage and unmanageable, what is outside of me, and how I can be happy inside and outside.
Like Star, I lived through the agony, pain and angst that goes with wt.loss. There is a lot more of that than most people know. It is like running the gauntlent; as if we have to prove we are worthy to lose weight!! WE do not have to make excuses for losing weight or for not being able to lose weight. We use what methods we need to use as long as those methods do not kill us. or make us dependent on some other drug or external quick fix idea. Only the individual can find out what makes him/her truly happy as well andthe weight loss is a side effect in helping us lose the weight we want to lose. That is important,it is different for each person, and it changes as each one continues with positive personal growth. For us, the challenges never leave, but we are encouraged by every positive action and reaction, and saddened by those who would criticize us for being determined to be happy to be who we are and can become.

Sincerely, Sandra Jones Ireland, Prince Edward

I AM HAPPY FOR HER.BUT YOU LOOK SICK MAYBE YOU ARE DROPING TO FAST.AND I FEEL YOUR VIEW FAMILY WAS'NT YOUR REAL FREINDS.I THINK THEY SHOULD LET IT GO.WHAT YOU BEEN THROUGH IS A HARD WAS A HARD STRUGGLE.DID THINK YOU WAS JUST WAS TO BE SMILEING LIKE EVERYTHING WAS OK.I FEEL SHE DID'NT HAV TO TELL ANYONE A DAM THING.GO STARR AND KEEP YOUR HEAD UP GIRL.

Star, I loved you before you lost the weight and I really love you now. It was so great to see you on Oprah today. Good for you for all you've done for yourself. Be good and keep up the good healthy work. All the Best. Ellen

I am happy for you Star. You should not be ashamed. Over half of America is in the same struggle. They just won't admit it.

Be Blessed. You look great, BTW.

Hello Star, that was a beautiful, honest interview on Oprah -- you are courageous!

I like the new Star Jones! Being human is such a beautiful thing. I wish Star all the best in her journey.

You care too much what others think. Who cares?
Marrying the bi-sexual...now that was a bad choice

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