Frequent “View” Guest Joan Rivers Defends Star Jones

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Comedienne tells “The Strip” that Jones “did exactly the right thing.”

Comic Joan Rivers, a frequent guest on "The View" who appeared on Meredith Vieira's sendoff, defended Star Jones Reynolds amid the firestorm over her sudden departure from the show.

The following is an excerpt from an interview airing on the celebrity-interview podcast The Strip" (http://www.thestrippodcast.com) hosted by USA Today and Newsweek contributor Steve Friess and NBC producer Miles Smith.

Said Rivers: "They were going to give her the goodbye party, they were going to make it a whole different thing and what she figured – and this was very smart -- 'I’m going to do it on my terms and my plan and don’t let it look like this wonderful goodbye, we’ll miss you. let it look like what it is, which is a firing.' "

Rivers went on: "I’m not one of the girls, so I don’t give a sh—as long as they keep using me on The View. But if someone was firing me, I’d come out and say I was fired. … Star did exactly the right thing.”

The audio of this show and any edition of “The Strip,” which posts every Thursday night, can be found at http://www.thestrippodcast.com.

“The Strip,” presently No. 1 in Travel on PodcastAlley.Com, is a breakthrough in podcasting by featuring a litany of major Las Vegas celebrities including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Steve Wynn, Dennis Miller, Charlie Palmer, Harvey Fierstein, Dennis Hopper, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Griffin, Howie Mandel, David Copperfield and dozens of others.

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