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Star Jones is returning to 'The View,' but just for a day

Star Jones on 'The View'

Star Jones left "The View" in a blaze of controversy in 2006 after a major falling out with the ABC chat show's Queen Bee, Barbara Walters. Six years later, it appears all (or at least some) is forgiven, as Walters announced on Wednesday that Jones would be returning to "The View" in February.

But before heads explode, it should be noted that Jones is returning just as a guest. She'll be on the show on Feb. 22 to discuss her participation in the American Heart Assn.'s Go Red for Women campaign, raising awareness of heart disease in women.

It's a subject important enough to Walters and Jones (who both underwent open heart surgery in 2010) that they set their differences aside.

"Star and I have been heart-to-heart now for many years," Walters explained on the show. "We've had lunches together and discussions together. We had open heart surgery within months of each other. So we are very happy to have her on, and it will be a nice day for all of us to see her."

When ABC declined to renew her contract in 2006, Jones announced on the show that she was leaving, surprising Walters. The next day, Jones was dropped from the program completely. Rosie O'Donnell replaced her for less than a year.

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— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Star Jones at the 60th anniversary celebration of the "Today" show in January. Evan Agostini / Associated Press.

 
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