Former "View" co-host Star Jones has weighed in on Barbara Walters' claim that she "lied" for Jones about her much publicized weight loss.
Jones, who recently filed for divorce from her husband Al Reynolds, told Usmagazine.com that it was Walters who asked Jones to lie about her gastric-bypass surgery.
"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," Jones told Us. "It speaks to her true character."
Among Walters' admissions in her new book, "Audition," is that of having a two-year affair with married African-American Sen. Edward Brooke in the 1970s.
Walters appeared on Oprah Winfrey's TV show Tuesday, saying she had to lie about Jones' dramatic 160-pound weight loss in 2003 after Jones refused to appear on an episode of "20/20" to discuss the surgery, the New York Post said.
"We thought it would be helpful for people to see her losing and losing and losing weight, they should understand the dangers and the good things and so forth," Walters said. "Then she decided she would tell nobody, and we had to then lie on the set every day."
A representative for Walters responded to Jones' comments by telling Us: "I will not dignify this with a comment. Barbara's written words say it all!"
The Associated Press contributed to this report.