La Toya Jackson weathered quite a few cat fights with her fellow “Celebrity Apprentice” candidates, especially with “The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” NeNe Leakes – but has the duo made amends?
“NeNe is NeNe, that’s her character and what she does,” La Toya told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Tuesday’s Access Hollywood Live, when asked about her boardroom brawls on the hit NBC series.
“I kind of overlook it. I try to the best I can, sometimes she kind of gets to you. Because if you don’t defend yourself, she will come after you even harder, thinking that she can really take over and take advantage of you,” she explained. “We’re doing this for charity, but I think everybody forgets about that!”
Competing to be Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” felt more like being behind bars to La Toya.
“It’s like being in prison actually, when we were doing this show. I love Donald, I think he’s fabulous, I love everything he’s been doing, but I had to get on the show with these girls, such strong personalities, who do anything to get ahead! And I believe in playing fair,” she continued.
Despite their on-screen antics, La Toya said she and NeNe have come to an understanding.
“Oh NeNe and I [have made up], yes, absolutely. I have definitely forgiven her,” she told Billy and Kit. “Actually, she apologized while we were doing the show. When [the cameras] were not rolling.”
La Toya also gave Billy and Kit an update on her late brother, Michael’s, children, Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Blanket.
“They’re doing very well, children are so resilient, I’m so proud of them, I’m just very happyÃ¢â¬Â¦ they help me a great deal with my brother. I couldn’t listen to the music, I couldn’t listen to the songs, if they can get over it then I have to too,” she said.
Billy asked if the King of Pop’s children were able to now lead more conventional lives.
“Oh yeah, absolutely. And they go shopping, they do things of that nature, but they’re with security of course. And they enjoy themselves, they have fun,” La Toya said, explaining that her mother Katherine put a stop to the kids wearing masks in public.
Adding, “For the first time they have gone to school and they really like it, so I’m very happy for them. It’s taught something totally different about people and life. They’re just enjoying themselves.”
La Toya is also prepping for the release of her new book, “Starting Over,” which will contain stories about her famous brother.
“Michael is such a lovely person, you will see a lot of wonderful moments [about him],” she said.