Although I have not been a huge Star fan, I thought Star added an element of glamour to the discussion. She and Meredith were my two favourites. I was disappointed when Meredith left and now am equally so about Star leaving. I rarely get to watch the show in it's entirety, but would try to catch the hot topics portion, as I found that the most interesting anyway.
Elizabeth is too "white bread" and shrill for my tastes. I don't relate to either Joy or Barbara, as they are both older and at different places in their lives compared to me.
I watched Larry King and was shocked and disappointed in ABC's handling of Star Jones. Yes, I know it's business, but their handling of her dismissal (and that is what it was) was very shoddy. You would think a little class and dignity would be afforded a 9 year employee.