The ex-husband of former “View” co-host Star Jones has reportedly packed up some of his belongings from his Miami home for a temporary stay in New York—with current “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd.
However – they’re not exactly roomies.
A rep for Shepherd tells E! News that Reynolds is indeed staying at her Upper West Side townhouse while working on a financial project in the city, but Sherri doesn’t live there. She just owns the property.
“It is a place she owns, but is not her home,” her rep said, adding that Reynolds has his own floor with an apartment set up.
Former Television talk show host and magazine editor, Star Jones was put on blast when she was served with court papers at her book signing at Bookhampton in East Hampton on Saturday by none other than her ex-husband Al Reynolds.
According to reports, the “Celebrity Apprentice” star was obviously perturbed and quite horrified after the processor served the papers and snapped a picture.
Sources say Reynolds had been having difficulty serving Star since he filed a lawsuit against her in May for allegedly breaking a divorce agreement because she was traveling around the country promoting her book, “Satan’s Sisters.”
The pair signed an agreement in their 2008 divorce not to make “disparaging remarks” about each other in the media. So now her ex is asking for $50,000 in damages for Jones allegedly breaking their contract.
Reynolds claims because Jones called their marriage, “king of booty” on the Wendy Williams show on March 28, she’s in violation.
*There is no question about it now, Star Jones is the definition of drama. Her name is in headlines again as her ex-husband has decided to seek damages from her for supposedly trashing their marriage on television.
Al Reynolds filed paperwork on Monday after Star called their marriage “booty” on the “Wendy Williams Show” on the March 25th episode.
According to sources, as part of their divorce agreement, they agreed, on her terms by the way, not to make any “disparaging remarks” about each other’s “personal, private or family life … including, without limitation, the other’s family, companies, dates, acquaintances, or future spouses.”
The drama gets worse. Her lawyers insisted that any breach of this contract would require the offending party to pay a $50,000 penalty.
Star said on the show, “You know what … the wedding was fabulous, but the marriage was kind of booty.”
It’s not completely clear why, but Renyolds – who sounds desperate for cash – also names his ex-wife’s Apprentice enemy NeNe Leakes in the court papers and refers to her as his “acquaintance” (although they’ve been rumored to be an item) and noted that Star also blasted NeNe to Wendy.
*Debbie Matenopoulos, one of the original hosts of “The View,” says she knew early on that Star Jones loved getting free products in exchange for plugging them inappropriately on the show – a maneuver that is rumored to have contributed to Jones’ dismissal from the daytime talk show.
“I want on vacation with Star and when we returned she mentioned everything on the show,” Debbie says on the HDNet show, ‘Naughty But Nice With Rob.’ “I was so young and had no idea how TV worked, but even I knew it wasn’t right, getting all this free stuff and in return plugging it on air.”
Jones got a lot of heat for using “View” airtime to plug products she got for free for her 2004 wedding.
Before she walked down the aisle toward Al Reynolds, Star received donated invitations (from Encore Studios and The Stationery Studio), tuxedos (Sarno & Son) and bridesmaids’ gowns (Lazaro Bridal). According to the couple’s wedding Web site (www.starandal.com), they even had an “official airline of our wedding weekend” (Continental).
In return, the suppliers received public mentions, or plugs, for their products.
Jones always denied wrongdoing. A show spokesman at the time unsuccessfully argued that Jones’ plugs on “The View” followed federal regulations –which prohibit on-air mentions in exchange for products.
*Republican Party leaders in central Illinois are calling on their own candidate for state senate to step down following racist remarks he made at a candidate’s forum last week, reports the Huffington Post.
Al Reynolds, who is considered the Tea Party candidate in Illinois’ 52nd District, has been unavailable to the media since saying that African American men preferred dealing drugs to going to college, because it’s “easier.”
“I’ve been in the city and the dichotomy of the women and the men in the minorities, there is a difference in the fact that most minority women, either the single parent or coming from a poor neighborhood, are motivated more so than the minority men,” Reynolds said, when asked what he would do to increase diversity at state colleges. “And it’s a pretty good reason. Most of the women who are single parents have to find work to support their family. The minority men find it more lucrative to be able to do drugs or other avenues rather than do education. It’s easier.”
The room was silent as Reynolds made his remarks. (Watch below) He continued:
“We need to provide ways that are more incentive, other than just sports avenues, for the men for the minorities to want to go to college and get an education and better themselves before the women have to support them all.”
The comments were made at a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Champaign County NAACP, according to the News-Gazette of East Central Illinois.
The comments gave Reynolds’ Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Mike Frerichs, plenty to respond to:
“I’ve been in this community for a long time now,” Frerichs said. “I’ve been working in this community for a long time and I’ve worked with a lot of African-American men. They’re not pursuing careers in sports. They’re not trying to sell drugs. They’re trying to support their families. They’re trying to be good people.”
According to the Commercial-News in Illinois, GOP leadership in Vermilion and Champaign counties called on Reynolds to withdraw from the race–but his campaign has yet to respond to multiple calls for comment by various local news agencies, and he has not withdrawn.
“Mr. Reynolds’ opinions are in stark contrast to the core values of the Champaign County Republican Party and are personally offensive to me,” party Chairman Jason Barickman told the News-Gazette.