DC EXCLUSIVE: Celebrity Apprentice's Star Jones on NeNe Leaks and How She and Rosie O'Donnell Squashed Their FeudBy Jillian Bowe on March 14, 2011
During our recent visit to Sirius XM Out Q's The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick, I got the chance to sit in on Flick and Keith Price's interview with Celebrity Apprentice diva Star Jones. The guys were also cool enough to let me toss a few questions at the barrister into the mix for Daytime Confidential.
On NeNe Leaks' slams in the press:
Daytime Confidential: NeNe [Leakes] has been going around in the press saying that you are jealous, or I should say "upset" that she went to school for 2 years and you went to school for 8 years and you both are on the "same level". Is that accurate?
Star Jones: No no no. We're not on the same level. Lets make that clear. We're on the same show. This is the thing that everyone needs to understand. I didn't cast the show, Mr Trump and Mark Burnett and NBC cast the show. They cast the show based on what they thought would generate good ratings. This was not a show about friendship. It was a show about whether or not people from different backgrounds, experiences and level of stardom could co-exist for a team and then turn it in for an individual competition. I was very clear on my role in this show. In all honesty, I would never compare myself to another African-American woman. I would never tear down another African-American woman in order to elevate myself. Cream rises to the top and water seeks its own level.
Don't believe the hype... Oprah shot down rumors circulating the web she and Rosie O'Donnell are in a feud over the former "Queen of Nice's" talk show for OWN. The Mighty O used her Twitter account to clear up the allegations and stated:
There's no feud between Rosie and me. We haven't even had a discussion about her new show. I get so sick of people trying to create fights and feuds when women are in business. Don't buy into it.
There ya go.
It looks like Rosie O'Donnell will be pulling double duty for Oprah's OWN Network. According to Deadline.com, O'Donnell, who has an upcoming talk show on the cable channel, will play host to a set of specials selected from the network's Documentary Film Club. The hosting gig will kick off with Becoming Chaz, starring Chaz Bono. READ MORE
Former The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell underwent biopsies to remove a lump on each breast and is waiting for the results. In a touching blog post at Rosie.com, O’Donnell recounts the experience in her usual poetic form.
wednesday i had an mri
instead of a mammogram
the doctor at the image facility
told me of many false positives
from breast MRIs
but with a family history …
She then shares more about the experience of having the MRI before giving us the doctor's report.
The Mighty O let it be known at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference that the word "bitch" will not be allowed on her network, OWN. Entertainment Weekly reports:
The Oprah Winfrey Network will be “fun and entertaining without tearing people down and calling them bitches,” Oprah said at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference yesterday. “Imagine that. Imagine."
Now on one hand, this is a symbolic way to bring attention to a worthy issue, i.e. that rampant sexism still exists in our society and by issuing a silence policy on this word for an entire network, Oprah Winfrey is actually placing that issue front and center. On the other hand, it's a savvy PR move since it will undoubtedly get people talking—as they already are—and therefore draw more attention to her new network. One also wonders if this had anything to do with Joy Behar . I'm sure The View ladies will be discussing it.
The following questions came to mind though when I heard this news: READ MORE
Rosie is an undeniable talent who has captivated TV audiences for nearly 20 years. She’s a true original, who brings her authentic voice, dynamic energy and pure passion to everything she does.
O'Donnell's last stint on daytime tv was back in 2007 when she served as moderator for the ABC chatfest The View, replacing Meredith Vieira. O'Donnell said,
It’s an honor and a privilege to work with Oprah Winfrey on her network. I’m excited to be back on daytime television.
O'Donnell's foray back into daytime is slated for 2011.