April 23, 2008 / 7:59 PM / 11 years ago

Star Jones files for divorce

Star Jones Reynolds (L) and husband Al Reynolds (2nd L) arrive at the taping of the 37th annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California February 25, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Star Jones, whose elaborate, corporate-sponsored wedding won her the nickname “Bridezilla,” has filed for a divorce from her husband of about three years, Al Reynolds, according to media reports.

Celebrity television show “Entertainment Tonight” said Jones issued a statement saying she had filed the papers a month ago.

“The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone’s life that requires privacy with one’s thoughts,” Jones said in the statement. “I have committed myself to handling this situation with dignity and grace and look forward to emerging from this period as a stronger and wiser woman.”

Jones, 46, and Reynolds, 39, a banker, were married in 2004 in a lavish wedding in which supplies and services were donated by corporate “sponsors” in return for publicity. Tabloid newspapers referred to her as “Bridezilla.”

Jones was a co-host the popular daytime talk show “The View,” on which a group of women discuss current affairs, for nearly 10 years before being dropped in 2006. In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show after the firing she apologized for getting “caught in the euphoria” of her plans.

“I think I used and some would say abused, my celebrity in planning the wedding,” she said on “Today.” In Wednesday’s statement to “Entertainment Tonight,” Jones said she “made an error in judgment by inviting the media into the most intimate area of my life.”

The divorce papers were filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan. A spokesman for Jones had no further comment.

Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Bill Trott

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