NeNe Leakes (left) and Star Jones
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07/06/2011 at 08:40 AM EDT
She was the the reason
she quit Celebrity Apprentice
, but that isn't stopping NeNe Leakes from keeping it cordial with former fellow contestant Star Jones.
"Saying hello costs me nothing – that's free," the Real Housewives of Atlanta
star, 43, tells ESSENCE.com
. "I'm not so in a rage that I can't say hello and I can't stand in the same room as Star."
The two famously feuded
and resorted to name-calling
on the NBC show, and their rivalry hit a peak when Leakes unloaded on Jones in front of a client.
But now, months after the show wrapped and John Rich was declared the winner, there's no hard feelings – at least as far as Leakes is concerned. "I don't hate her," she says. "I don't know anybody I hate."
She adds: "Star is Star. I wish her all the best."