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Well, I guess it's safe to say that NeNe Leakes' star isn't fading anytime soon!

Despite her sitcom The New Normal being canceled, NeNe is still considered more than a reality TV celeb. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star will be the subject of a new E! Entertainment Special: NeNe Leakes, hosted by Giuliana Rancic this Sunday. 

In the special, NeNe will discuss her humble beginnings, her complex relationship with on-again/off-again husband Gregg Leakes, and her experiences on RHOA. 

Below are some quotes from the special: 

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On Stripping: 

“I remember going home and having something like $1,000 and thinking ‘I made $1,000 in one night. 'Baby we are doing this tomorrow night.’ Like it became an addiction.” 

On her childhood and the painful realization that her mother abandoned her: 

“‘Can you bring them to me in Georgia because I’m hearing that you’re dropping them off in different places and I don’t want that for them and I want to help you.’ And she took us to my aunt’s in Athens and she just never came back and got us.”

On leaving an abusive past relationship: 

“He’d been calling and calling. I would never answer the call, so he knocked on our door and came – just bust right on in.”

On the pitfalls of reality TV: 

“The hardest part about me doing this show and having my life put out there is my child. My oldest son was going into 12thgrade and he could no longer be like the typical teenager.” 

On being a role model in the African American community:

“I’m very proud that there’s a ton of African American women who really look up to me and I’m very proud of that. I’m very proud to represent the strong black woman.” 

NeNe's one-hour special will air December 16th at 10 p.m. EST. 

[Photo Credit: Nikki Nelson/WENN.com]

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