Star Jones is expected to announce this week that she will leave The View sometime next month, Access Hollywood reported Monday. She has been a panelist on the show since it was launched in August 1997. There have been persistent rumors that Jones would be ousted following the decision of program producer Barbara Walters to replace Meredith Vieira with Rosie O'Donnell (Vieira was named co-host of Today). O'Donnell and Jones have repeatedly clashed, both on and off the air, particularly after Jones dropped an enormous amount of weight without disclosing how she had done so, riling O'Donnell. O'Donnell is expected to join The View in September.