Former DA and View personality will be host and executive editor of new daytime talk show to launch later this year.
Television personality and former district attorney Star Jones Reynolds, who began her television career at Court TV in 1991 as a legal commentator, has rejoined the cable channel as executive editor and host of a new daytime talk show.
Marlene Dann, executive vice president of Court TV, announced Wednesday that Reynolds will host a one-hour, live, daily show that the network described as offering “a fresh perspective to the day’s most talked-about crime and justice stories from the news and pop culture arenas.” The program, which is yet to be named, is scheduled to premiere later this year.
Reynolds earned her law degree from the University of Houston. After three years in general trials with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, she moved to the Homicide Bureau, where her work earned her a promotion to senior assistant district attorney in 1991, paving the way for 31 out of 33 felony trial convictions. It was at this time that she caught the attention of Court TV and was chosen to serve as a studio commentator during the William Kennedy Smith rape trial.
Reynolds was quickly lined up as a guest on NBC’s Today and, a few months later, became the legal correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News, covering the latest developments in the Mike Tyson rape case and the Rodney King police brutality trial. She landed an exclusive interview with Tyson after the imprisoned ex-heavyweight champion had dodged the press for a year and an exclusive interview with King after the sentencing of the two L.A. cops convicted of violating his civil rights. That success led to her syndicated show, Jones & Jury.
In 1995, Reynolds was named a senior correspondent and chief legal analyst for Inside Edition and assigned the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. She was the only news correspondent to obtain an exclusive interview with Simpson during the civil trial. From August 1997 to June 2006, she co-hosted the Emmy-winning talk show The View on ABC.