Hob Nobber Denise Rich, a Democratic fundraiser, has renounced her United States citizenship in favor of an Austrian one so that she can avoid paying taxes. Yes, Wesley Snipes is in jail for not paying his taxes, but it seems that if he’d only renounced his citizenship as the one percenters are doing, he’d be home free.
Although most people consider tax evasion an unfair way of leaving the rest of America to foot the bill, on the Today Show this morning,Star Jones, a close friend of Rich, defended her while her co-panelists Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Donny Deutsch were unapologetically calling Rich’s actions “despicable.”
Matt Lauer made the segment even more awkward when he pointed out that Jones wasn’t a disinterested bystander on the topic, but a good friend with Rich. Many viewers wouldn’t have known of their close relationship if Laurer hadn’t pointed it out, and put Star Jones on the spot. Jones continued to defend Rich, insisting that she just wanted to be closer to her children. Deutsch made the obvious point that Rich didn’t need to renounce her citizenship in order to be close to her kids. She could’ve done that with a plane ticket and a passport. Jones even went so far as to call tax avoidance a “byproduct” of her decision to spend more time with her kids.
Lauer also pointed out that former President Bill Clinton had pardoned Rich’s husband, Marc Rich, making the point that the U.S. government had been very good to Mr. and Mrs. Rich.
Jones then got defensive, and made the following comment:
I’m not going to let you call somebody I love, who I’ve been supportive of, who’s been supportive of me, despicable, and not call you out on it.
At least we know what team Jones plays for now. She went gangbusters to defend that rich woman.