Celebrity News Shocker: Star Jones Had Gastric Bypass

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Like Cash Warren and Jessica Alba splitting up, we never saw this one coming.

In a first-person essay in the September issue of Glamour, the former co-host of Elisabeth Hasselbeck et al. on The View confesses a not shocking secret.

Believe it or not, Star Jones Reynolds underwent gastric bypass surgery on August 19, 2003, after her weight reached an all-time high of 307 pounds.

This ends years of doubts and evaded questions over how she dropped 160 pounds in three years. Star Jones, 45, reveals that she decided to seek help for her weight woes after a close friend sat down and asked her, "So, what are we going to do about your weight?"

See excerpts below from Star Jones Reynolds' essay as she talks about her battle with obesity and how her life has changed since the surgery.

On keeping her surgery a secret:
"I admit that when asked about my obvious weight loss over the past four years, I was intentionally evasive. Lying wasn't an option, so I called it a ‘medical intervention,' which was true, but it was a pathetic attempt to tell only what I could handle."

"First, I didn't know if surgery would work. I had never stuck to a diet or committed to exercise for more than a month, and I had spent my entire life telling everyone that I was fine with the way I looked… I was also terrified someone would have a tragic result after emulating me without making an informed decision with their doctor."

THG NOTE: Some celebrities, like Heidi Montag, are open about having unnecessary surgery. Others, like Jessica Simpson, say they might want it down the road. Our point? We have none.

On her comfort food of choice:
"Whenever I felt lonely, a Double Whopper cheeseburger became my friend. If I felt sad, six strips of bacon made me feel better… but I convinced myself I was phat, not fat."

On facing the truth
:
"I was so angry. How had I allowed myself to get to 307 pounds? I could clearly remember the days when I'd considered myself fly and curvaceous. Funny â€" or sad â€" how we ‘thick' girls can justify being excessively overweight."

On growing up heavy:
"While I thank my parents for the confidence they managed to instill in me, in hindsight I wish I had shouted: ‘Put that fork down and get active!'"

THG NOTE: You hear that, Nicole Richie? Put that fork down, you're gonna get fat! Man... you put on a few pounds since the last time we saw you?

On being overweight:
"I pretended not to see how big I was... but not only did I see it, I was disgusted by it. I also pretended not to see the side looks and smirks from friends and strangers, or her the backhanded compliments I received, such as ‘You have such a pretty face.'"

On what she's learned from the experience:
"I'm not saying that in order to be happy, women need to be a certain size, but I am saying that we should all strive to be healthy."

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Star Jones Quotes

It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book. It speaks to her true character.

Star Jones

I want to fall in love again. I'm ready to love 24/7. I want happiness.

Star Jones
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