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Jill Zarin To Judge 'Iron Chef,' Talks Becoming A Monster

Jill Zarin New Show

First Posted: 12/15/11 01:56 PM ET Updated: 12/15/11 02:06 PM ET

Controversial former "Real Housewives of New York" star Jill Zarin told me that her gift is gab and fortunately, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

"I'm so happy to be off of the show," Zarin told me. "I'm not happy that I didn't make the money. I'm back to me. I got my happy back. I didn't realize that when I was in it. I think I became like a monster to the people around me, because I was under so much stress. It just takes so much manipulating and trying to figure out whose team you're on and who is your friend and who is your enemy. It just sucks up all the air in the room. Let's be honest. I had a 4-year run on a show that, by the way, is going to be in reruns like 'The Brady Bunch' in Europe forever."

Coming back to TV on Dec. 25th, Zarin will serve up her signature sass as a judge on "Iron Chef" alongside Art Smith, notable food-world figure who is also the friend of Oprah and Lady Gaga. She also has plans to do her own show, but this time will steer clear of her former fire-breathing ways.

"There won't be any puppeteers pulling strings to make fights, and there won't be jealousy," Zarin explained on the set of my talk show "Naughty But Nice With Rob." "There wont be those kinds of things that change who people are. I just really want to do my own thing. I just really want to be with my family. I had a lot of anxiety. I had no control and I'm a little bit of a control freak."

To catch my entire interview with Jill, tune in to "Naughty But Nice With Rob" Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on HDNet.

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