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November 28, 2014

Response to Ferguson: Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions

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By Karu F. Daniels, BlackVoices.com



So apparently all the rumors and "unconfirmed reports" turned out to be true.

At least in the case of Star Jones Reynolds and her husband Al Scales Reynolds.

The ex-co-host of 'The View' confirmed to 'Entertainment Tonight' that her marriage of three and a half years has gone belly up -- no pun intended.

"Several years ago I made an error in judgment by inviting the media into the most intimate area of my life," Jones said in a statement.

"A month ago I filed for divorce," she continued. "The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone's life that requires privacy with one's thoughts. I have committed myself to handling this situation with dignity and grace and look forward to emerging from this period as a stronger and wiser woman."

How succinct.

The 46-year-old Badin, North Carolina native married Reynolds, 39, at Saint Bartholomew's Church in New York City on Nov. 13, 2004.

The lavish wedding -- which reportedly had 500 camera-ready guests, three matrons of honor, 12 bridesmaids and four flower girls -- came under scrutiny when Jones discussed its sponsors at length on her ABC show.

An attorney, Jones began her broadcasting career as a commentator on Court TV and spent several years as a legal correspondent for 'The Today Show.'

Along with Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira and Debbie Matenapoulos, she launched the groundbreaking all-women's talk show 'The View' in 1997.

On June 27, 2006, under much media scrutiny, Jones announced she would be leaving the show after being told that her contract wasn't going to be renewed.

Jones hosted her own daily talk show on TruTV (formerly Court TV), which lasted less than five months.

As an author, she penned two best-selling books: 'You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything' and 'Shine.' The latter tome chronicled and celebrated her whirlwind romance with Reynolds -- a former investment banker.

The filing took place on March 26 in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan. "Starlet M. Jones versus Al S. Reynolds" was marked as an "Uncontested Matrimonial" case by the legal system and the records were sealed, 'E.T.' reported.

With the recent "unconfirmed reports" of her marriage being on the rocks, Jones reportedly has been making the scene with NBA hottie Dwayne Wade.

A spokesperson for the former television personality did not furnish further comment.

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