*NeNe Leakes’ new gig is on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” … along side Star Jones. Can we say drama?!
As we’ve reported, the two had a tiff, so to speak, during the tapings and it looks like there’s more to come.
But Jones spoke out recently about her issue with Leakes, and naturally it comes as no surprise that she’s tagged the “Housewife” as being the source of the problem.
“This actually saddens me. Black women trashing other black women all for the sake of personal aggrandizement, she told Jawn Murray of blackvoices.com. “When the cast was first announced, I was both excited and concerned. Excited that this was going to be the most diverse cast in prime-time reality programming and concerned because the media immediately started the drumroll of ‘can this many black women get along?’ The four of us actually chatted about the unique opportunity we had to influence the perception of black women and the way we interact. We each brought something different to the show, so I had hoped we could avoid falling into the typical ‘snake charmer in your face loud bombastic black woman’ stereotypical box that was expected. Some of us were more successful at our quest than others. I knew I wanted to approach the game intelligently, professionally and strategically, while keeping in mind my true purpose for being there – winning money for a charity.”
Despite Jones’ wishful thinking, Leakes had a lot to say about her and the other black women on the show. The former co-host of “The View” shared that on “Apprentice,” Leakes definitely turns up the heat and spits hot garbage about every sista on the show.
“At some point, NeNe attacked all the black women on the show and scared the other women to death with her aggressive approach. But to be fair, it is an approach that works for her kind of television interaction, as evidenced by the great ratings they generate. But it isn’t an approach that most sisters use in interacting with each other. I would hope as she becomes more exposed to a variety of professional situations, she will tone now the vitriolic emotional reactions and learn to express herself in a manner that is more reflective of the majority of black women in America.”