Star Jones Returning to 'The View'

9:56 AM PST 01/25/2012 by Erin Carlson
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Six years since her messy departure from "The View," the former co-host will make an appearance to raise awareness of heart disease among women.

Star Jones returns to her old stomping grounds next month with her first cameo on The View after leaving the ABC daytime talk show in 2006.

Jones, an original co-host on the program created by Barbara Walters, will appear on the Feb. 22 episode to promote the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

Jones left The View in a high-profile huff in June 2006 amid a disagreement with Walters, who also co-hosts the show. ABC declined to renew her contract and Jones blindsided the veteran newswoman when she abruptly announced her departure on June 27. The following day, Walters figuratively slammed the door in Jones' face, refusing to let her back on the air.

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Jones -- who's since had her own short-lived legal-news series on truTV, appeared on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice and authored a novel about the offstage drama of a fictional talk show -- has slammed Walters for revealing her past affair in her memoirs; Walters claimed Jones covered up her gastric bypass surgery by asking View colleagues to keep mum on the operation.

But the two appear to have patched things up. Both underwent open heart surgery to restore faulty valves in 2010.

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