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Originally posted 02/22/2012 01:10PM
Star Jones returned to The View Wednesday – her first visit to the ABC talk show since her much talked-about departure in June 2006.
"It was ugly. Everything. It was a bad emotional time. Nasty things were being said in the media," Jones said after her former boss, Barbara Walters, insisted on discussing her exit, when the host abruptly announced she was leaving on the air, then revealed she had been fired by the show.
"I wanted to go out on my own terms so that if I walked back here I'd feel good about it," Jones continued. "I had eight fantastic years here. One was 'eh.' I came back to congratulate you on all you accomplished. I hope you congratulate me on what I accomplished."
Originally posted 07/06/2011 02:15PM
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.
Originally posted 05/11/2011 08:25AM
NeNe Leakes never had second thoughts about quitting Celebrity Apprentice. It all just got to be too much, she says.
"I don't regret it. I felt very good about it. I always do what my gut tells me to do," the Real Housewives of Atlanta star says in an interview airing Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
She adds: "I'm a grown woman, and nobody makes decisions for me. I make my own decisions. It was a toxic situation for me."
Originally posted 05/03/2011 08:45AM
The last time the Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes sat down to talk with Ellen DeGeneres, she called fellow Celebrity Apprentice contestant Star Jones "a disaster." After Sunday night's vicious spat between the contestants, Jones appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show – and she didn't miss her chance to strike back.
"What were you thinking when NeNe was going off like that?" DeGeneres asks Jones in an episode airing Tuesday.
"I was thinking my grandmother is going to watch this," Jones says. "I was thinking I need to keep calm."
She also couldn't resist comparing her costar to a feral animal. "When you're confronted in the wild with an un-caged animal you're supposed to retreat," Jones says. "You're not supposed to attack."
Originally posted 03/23/2011 02:10PM
How does NeNe Leakes really feel about her Celebrity Apprentice nemesis Star Jones?
"She is bossy, she is manipulative, conniving," Leakes says. "And I'm not even being funny. I think that is real. I honestly think that is who she is."
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, who appears on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Wednesday, tells DeGeneres that she and Jones were never friendly.
Originally posted 03/06/2011 03:15PM
Let the feuding begin!
With the latest season of The Celebrity Apprentice set to begin on Sunday, cast member NeNe Leakes is speaking out about her "one enemy" on the show – former host of The View Star Jones.
"Star Jones has got it in for me," The Real Housewives of Atlanta star told reporters during a conference call. "But it's all good. I'm okay with it. There are a lot of people who don't like Star, so I won't be the only one."
Originally posted 10/28/2010 07:00PM
Originally posted 03/22/2010 04:20PM
Talk about cold comfort.
Star Jones is recovering from last week's cardiac surgery with the help of her fans – and a simple frozen pleasure.
"Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers … I feel them all," the former View co-host Tweets. By the way … who knew that ice chips could taste like steak!"
Jones, who turns 48 on Wednesday, had a heart procedure March 17 related to surgery she had 30 years ago to remove a thoracic tumor. Her rep told PEOPLE over the weekend that the operation had been a success and Jones was recovering well.
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