In a new interview, the former co-host opens up about her View departure, her divorce and being ready to love 24/7

By Mark Dagostino
Updated October 12, 2008 09:45 AM
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Star Jones is speaking out about how she was treated during her departure from The View in 2006.

Those girls were hateful, Jones says of her former co-hosts.

In a new interview in the November issue of Essence magazine, Jones also opens up about falling into a depression after losing her self-titled Court TV show last year; her ongoing dispute with Barbara Walters ( Barbara set me up ); and her divorce from Al Reynolds, which was finalized in September.

Responding directly to Reynolds s infamous YouTube videos, in which he stated he still loves Star, Jones responds bluntly: I m not in love with him.

Jones, who laid low after the abrupt cancellation of her Court TV show, is currently in talks to make a non-scripted TV comeback. The reason she s ready to start over? A sense of renewal she says she gained after spending an Under The Tuscan Sun-style summer at an Italian villa with girlfriends, including Natalie Cole.

Posing poolside in a white dress and fireside in a slinky black number for the interview, the surprisingly svelte Jones – who dropped 160 lbs. after a 2003 gastric bypass surgery – also talks about getting back to dating.

While she doesn t directly address her new relationship with executive chef Herb Wilson, whom she was photographed smooching in the stands at last month s U.S. Open, she tells the magazine, I want to fall in love again. I m ready to love 24/7. I want happiness.