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'Apprentice': NeNe rages; La Toya returns

Caught between an ugly dispute between celebrity apprentices Star Jones and NeNe Leakes, Playboy model Hope Dworaczyk talks about being the latest contestant to be fired, saying "It was my time to go."

Every time that it seems as if “Celebrity Apprentice” can’t possibly top itself for drama, it does just that.

Forget David Cassidy getting bullied. Disregard the temper of Dionne Warwick. Never mind the Meat Loaf meltdown. Instead, behold the rage of NeNe Leakes.

As promised all season and teased days before the big night, the feud that “Apprentice” fans have been waiting for finally happened. After weeks of mounting animosity, Leakes took aim at Star Jones before the night’s challenge was even underway.

“I will take you down while the rest of these girls will look at you be scared,” the Atlanta “Real Housewife” said after accusing Jones of pushing her into taking on the role of project manager. “I’m the type of girl who’s not scared of you. You pressed my last button Miss Star Jones, and I will do you when the rest of these girls won’t. (Hope Dworaczyk) is your puppet and I’m not.”

And heck, that was before the bleeps and talk of bringing one’s “street game” even entered into the battle. In fact, that initial blowup was far from the last from Leakes. The fight went on all night, straight through the boardroom showdown.

“You have been backstabbing,” Leakes told a too-calm Jones. “You have been manipulative. And you know it. Now you want to be a puppy over there? Not Star Jones. You’ve had lots to say. You’ve bossed everybody. Everybody! And that is OK.”

Except that it was obvious nothing about it was OK, at least as far as Leakes, leader of the night’s losing team, was concerned.

Things were, however, more than OK with boss Donald Trump, who wasn’t about to let the frequent feuders go just when the fights were finally getting good. When it came time to deliver this week’s boardroom boot, Leakes and Jones were safe. "Puppet” Dworaczyk had to pack her bags.

As the model told TODAY Monday morning, "It was my time to go."

But wait! That wasn’t the only action worth a second look. Another event dropped jaws Sunday night — the return of La Toya Jackson.

That’s right. In a surprising move, last week’s eliminated hopeful asked for her job back, and in an even more surprising move, Trump gave it to her. Jackson is now the latest member of the men’s team, whether they like it or not.

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