Star Jones receives “vicious” e.mail about Ruben; Ruben says he’s healthy.

Star Jones receives “vicious” e.mail about Ruben; Ruben says he’s healthy.
The View co-host Star Jones says she’s received about 500 “vicious” e.mail messages about her support American Idol 2 winner Ruben Studdard. On the show yesterday, she said, “I have never received such vicious e-mails … ‘Take Ruben and go back to Africa,’ vicious things.” She tells the New York Post that she’s “shocked at the level of acrimony” and says even when she was getting hate mail over her support for Al Gore, she “didn’t get the level of racist anger I’ve received over this.” Meanwile, Ruben tells USA TODAY that he’s “healthy and plan[s] to stay that way.” The paper talks to physicians, fans, and others about Ruben’s size.
+ also: Ruben and Clay movie may happen.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.