Star Jones Reynolds Talks About Her Surgery

UPDATED 03/27/2006 at 01:10 PM EST Originally published 03/27/2006 at 12:00 PM EST

Star Jones Reynolds Talks About Her Surgery
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Phoning her cohosts on The View over live TV Monday morning, Star Jones Reynolds assured Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck that, contrary to tabloid reports about her recent hospital stay, "I did not almost die."

"I had a boob lift," she said. "I thought it would be nice to call you guys this morning and keep you abreast of the situation." She also admitted she'd gotten implants because she wanted her breasts to be "perky."

Asked why she underwent the elective procedures, Jones Reynolds, 44, explained that she needed the change following her recent 150-lbs. weight loss. "And do you know how hard it is to explain to your 87-year-old grandmother what a breast lift is?"

Her colleagues weren't so sure themselves. "Will we be able to touch them?" Hasselbeck asked. Jones Reynolds replied, "Elisabeth, you are such a freak." But, she added, "You'll be able to see them. … They're just normal boobs. It's not that I went and got triple Ds."

As for how her new breasts look, Jones Reynolds said, "Friday was my 44th birthday, but my boobs think they are still 20."

And, yes, she required a blood transfusion due to complications, she said, although she downplayed the incident's seriousness. "You guys know I'm anemic. We've talk about it on the show," she said. "I did need blood, (and) I was prepared."

Once she had the transfusion, she said, "Literally, I was fine right afterwards. I was completely awake while getting my blood."

Jones Reynolds was released from the hospital on March 21. "The (lift) was successful, and she said she was looking forward to coming back next week," Barbara Walters, who spoke to Jones Reynolds while she was in the hospital, tells PEOPLE in its current issue.

Discussing her conversation with Walters, Jones Reynolds said Monday, "You know her – she's like the mother."

Quipped Behar: "Okay, Star, that's enough about you. Now it's back to us!" To which Jones Reynolds replied, "Joy, I'm so glad you haven't changed."

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