Star Jones Returns to Daytime TV as New Host of ‘Divorce Court’

Star Jones attends Woman's Day Celebrates 17th Annual Red Dress Awards on February 04, 2020 in New York City. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Star Jones will soon be laying down the law as the new host of Divorce Court

Jones is set to replace Judge Faith Jenkins later this year, Fox Television Studios announced in a recent press release. Jenkins joined the show in 2020.

“Since the beginning of my TV career, it’s been my mission to serve as a voice for the voiceless; and after more than 30 consecutive years on television and in people’s homes, that remains true,” Jones said in a statement. 

“I will offer the parties before Divorce Court, as well as viewers, a no-nonsense approach to the law and a decision driven by my proven legal expertise, compassion and empathy, personal experiences and hard-earned common sense,” she concluded in her statement. 

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Jones will begin hosting new episodes of Divorce Court in September. 

The 59-year-old lawyer and television personality began her legal career in 1986 as a prosecutor for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. 

She first appeared on television on  Court TV in 1991 as a commentator on the William Kennedy Smith trial, before working as a legal correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and NBC’s Nightly News

In 1997, she joined ABC’s The View as one of the four original co-hosts alongside Meredith Vieira, television host Debbie Matenopoulos, and comedian Joy Behar.

Divorce Court launched in 1957 and is the longest-running court show on television. It has had three reinventions airing from 1957 to 1969, from 1985 to 1992 and currently, since 1999. Jones is the fourth judge to be on the program since 1999, following Judge Mablean Ephriam, Judge Lynn Toler and Judge Jenkins.