Inside NeNe Leakes and Star Jones's 'Celebrity Apprentice' Feud

Leakes claims her costar "has it in for me" while Jones says the Housewife is attacking "for publicity's sake"

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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.”

Celebrity Apprentice Donald Trump acknowledged the tension, saying there was “no love lost” between the women, while costar Meatloaf, who also spoke to reporters to promote the series, added: “I don’t think Star will be any of my friends either.”

So why did the women clash? “She is very different. She’s a piece of work,” Leakes says of Jones. “Anyone who sits around all day and says all her friends are doctors and lawyers and A-list celebrities – cut the BS, I don’t have time for it.”

So what does Jones have to say about Leakes?

“I did Celebrity Apprentice to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association, which has been instrumental in my life, not to see it reduced to a cliché where black women attack one another for publicity’s sake,” Jones says. “I haven’t made any comments in hopes that she would remember that we all participated in this show for charity and not as a vehicle to promote ourselves and such hatred. I was clearly wrong and I decided to finally respond.”

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