This reality show rivalry is clearly no show biz gimmick.
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Nene Leakes has made no secret of her distaste for “Celebrity Apprentice” co-contestant Star Jones, calling Jones her “one enemy” on the show and assuring Jones that, should she catch on fire, she wouldn’t even expend her saliva in an effort to extinguish the flames. While Jones has worked to avoid getting sucked into the rivalry, saying she wanted to avoid being “reduced to a cliché where black women attack one another for publicity’s sake,” she may have trouble holding back after this attack.
Appearing on the “Ellen Degeneres Show” for an interview set to air on Wednesday, Leakes unleashed perhaps her harshest attacks on Jones yet. After struggling with trying to not tell it like it is, but eventually deciding to, indeed, tell it like it is, Leakes said, “She is bossy, she is manipulative, conniving. And I’m not even being funny. I think that is real. I honestly think that is who she is.”
The “Housewives” star went on to blast the former “View” co-host for judging her ahead of time, calling her tough to get along with and saying she tried to take over the show. Whether Jones was successful is yet to be seen. Either way, looks like that truce they supposedly called hasn’t quite stuck.
Read the entire exchange below. “The Ellen Degeneres Show” airs on Wednesday afternoon.
Ellen: Do you think they’re showing everybody accurately? Are we seeing everyone’s personalities?
Nene: I believe that you are. Big bossy Star. Laid back Nene. You are seeing all of that.
Ellen: Now, when you say, “Big bossy Star,” because you’re not getting along with Star from what I see right now.
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Nene: We are okay right now.
Ellen: A few people don’t get along with Star.
Nene: I don’t think anybody is getting along with Star. I don’t think she’s easy to get along with. She’s a tough girl. We’re kind of okay. I’m trying to feel her out right now.
Ellen: What happened to cause the riff?
Nene: Well, I just think Star is manipulative. You don’t want me to really break it down now?
Ellen: No, I do.
Nene: I will tell it like it is. I will try to not tell it like it is is, but I will tell it like it is. She is bossy, she is manipulative, conniving. And I’m not even being funny. I think that is real. I honestly think that is who she is.
Ellen: Now, do you think she thinks she is those things? I think she knows she has a strong personality and she’s controlling.
Nene: She is controlling. I think that she knows. Yeah. She looks in the mirror, she better know.
Ellen: You started as friends though.
Nene: No. We weren’t friends. I will say this, when I walked into the situation, I tried to walk in with no preconceived notions. I was just thinking, “Okay, I’m going to do the show. I’m going to get to know who Star is.” I think she had preconceived notions of who she thought I was just from watching me on the “Housewives.” I think she thought I was going to come in and take over. I tried to get to know her. Some people are difficult to get to know. She’s not easiest person to get to know. She is a disaster.