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NeNe Leakes tells Chelsea why she quit 'Celebrity Apprentice,' won't support Donald Trump

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Wednesday, July 27, 2016

In a clip Netflix released from today's "Chelsea" talk show, NeNe Leakes told Chelsea Handler why she quit "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011 and stoutly said she wasn't going to help Donald Trump become president.

Leakes was not remotely apologetic about leaving "Celebrity Apprentice" on her own.

"I was so over the show," said NeNe said. "I needed to use my cell phone. I needed to use my computer. I just couldn't take it anymore. I couldn't stand arguing on the show. I was about to pull my wig off so I quit."

She said Trump staff reached out to her to speak at one of Trump's rallies. "I didn't," she said with disdain.

But she did say Trump was very nice on the show and liked his kids. "He was very true to who he was," she said diplomatically.

Khloe Kardashian also hated her experience on "Celebrity Apprentice," blaming her mom Kris Jenner for forcing her to go on.

Lisa Lampanelli, who enjoyed being on season 12 in 2012 and was uber competitive, has no problem with Trump as a human being but he is "f-in crazy" to be president. Clay Aiken, who came in second behind Arsenio Hall that same season, also had fun doing the show. He agrees with Lampanelli but thinks Trump might actually win because his fans are motivated and Hillary Clinton's are not.

"Chelsea" is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week for Netflix viewers.


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