“That’s my home. It will always be my home,” the star told PEOPLE. “I love the ladies that are there on The View. More importantly, I have a greater appreciation for my long-term mentor, and as most women in the business would say their mentor, Barbara Walters because she made diversity a front-burner issue when it wasn’t popular,” the womens rights advocate continued.
The View first premiered in 1997 and has featured a diverse panel of female commentators throughout its existence. The show has given women an open platform and safe place to discuss a myriad of topics from health and wellness to entertainment and politics.
Jones’ guest appearance for the show’s quarter-century milestone came just in time for National Wear Red Day, a special holiday that brings awareness to the ever-growing issue of heart disease. The cast of The View joined the 59-year-old in wearing red to support the cause. Jones told fans on Instagram that next month will mark 12 years since she received life-changing open-heart surgery for her battle with Aortic valve disease, a condition where the valve between the lower left heart chamber and the body’s main artery malfunctions, causing blood to flow backward, the Heart Organization notes.
“I’m so proud @theviewabc girls joined me in wearing red today on #wearredday for #GoRedForWomen to bring awareness to #heartdisease for women, and allowing me to share why it’s so personal for me….” she added in her caption.
The TV personality’s appearance came days after Whoopi Goldberg was slammed with a two-week suspension for her comments regarding the Holocaust. While speaking to PEOPLE, Jones shared her thoughts on the controversy.
“We can talk about each other. Y’all can’t talk about us, OK?” Jones said of Goldberg, adding: “Whoopi and I have been friends for so long, it’s unbelievable.”
“Her ego has been hurt and she’s telling people she’s going to quit,” a source close to Goldberg told The New York Post, especially since she followed ABC’s “playbook.”
“She went on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ and then apologized again on ‘The View’ the next day.”
“I love Whoopi Goldberg. I love The View. This was an incredibly unfortunate incident. Whoopi is a lifelong ally to the Jewish community. She is not an antisemite. Period. I am sad. And I have nothing else to say,” Navarro commented.