Star Jones can remain silent no longer. After NeNe Leakes’ numerous negative comments about Star, spawning from their time together on “Celebrity Apprentice,” she is finally speaking up.
More than anything, Star said she is disappointed in the ongoing feud because it perpetuates stereotypes of Black women as angry and difficult to get along with.
“This actually saddens me. Black women trashing other Black women all for the sake of personal aggrandizement … I had hoped we could avoid falling into the typical ‘snake charmer in your face loud bombastic Black woman’ stereotypical box that was expected,” Star told Black Voices.
Star said she, NeNe, and the other two Black women on the show — Dionne Warwick and LaToya Jackson — all discussed how they’d like to portray themselves on the show. However, things didn’t go exactly as planned.
Star, who has reportedly hired bodyguards to protect her from an out-of-control NeNe, seems to be taking the high road.
On the other hand, NeNe kept her comments very blunt when on “The Wendy Williams Show” recently. She said, “I wouldn’t spit on Star if she were on fire.”
The two women will work side-by-side on the new season of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” which premieres March 6.
-Tracy L. Scott