The day after correspondent Star Jones visited her old stomping ground at "The View," where she answered questions about her abrupt departure in 2006, her "Today" show co-panelist, Donny Deutsch, said he felt like she was "ambushed."

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On Wednesday, "View" host Barbara Walters wasted no time in bringing up Jones' exit from the show, which came as a shock to Walters and the other hosts at the time.

"What had happened was your contract was not renewed.... You surprised us on the air," said Walters.

Jones seemed taken aback that this was the first topic of conversation, but noted, "Everything was ugly," saying that "it was a bad emotional time" for her. "I made the decision that I wanted to go out on my own terms."


Deutsch said Thursday on "Today's Professionals" that the segment was like "watching the mean girls in the seventh-grade cafeteria take on a vulnerable girl."

Jones was appreciative of her colleague's sentiments, gesturing around the studio, "This is family."

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