NeNe Leakes joins the cast of "The Celebrity Apprentice" after a dynamic third season on one of Bravo's highly rated reality show, "Real Housewives of Atlanta." With her brassy, no-nonsense demeanor and tell-it-like-it-is attitude, the New York native quickly became the show's breakout star and media darling.
Her accolades include:
- Voted as one of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year
- Voted by People Magazine as Diva of the Season
- Voted by Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog as one of fall's TV: 15 Stars to Watch (2008)
- Winner of Bravo A-List Award for Reality's Guiltiest Pleasure (2009)
- Winner of Bravo's A-list Award for Fan Favorite
Leakes is the author of "Never Make the Same Mistake Twice," discussing her fractured childhood, abusive relationship, struggles with being a single mother, landing Mr. Right, and all the messy lessons she's learned along the way. The memoir is an unapologetic, yet honest look at Leakes, as she spills the dirt about her life, addressing rumors and dishing on other housewives. Still, she manages to share some hard-earned and inspiring life lessons in her fierce, no-nonsense style. In this straight-talking and provocative memoir, Leakes is outrageous, captivating, and unafraid to tell it like it is, as she shares her wild journey from a scandalous past, to Atlanta's high society, to the pinnacle of reality television stardom.
Leakes has served as one of the guest panelists for the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine "The Insider," produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. She also joined Ryan Seacrest and Guiliana Rancic for the E! Network's "Live from the Red Carpet" coverage at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009. She was positioned above the action in the E! Skybox alongside style expert Jay Manuel from "America's Next Top Model."
Leakes lends her time and energy supporting various charity efforts. She is the founder of Twisted Hearts, a charity that brings awareness to the plight of domestic violence against women of all races. As a victim of domestic abuse, her mission is to offer a voice and support to assist those in need of help.
NeNe Leakes' charity is the Atlanta Mission in Support of My Sister's House. The organization is primarily a shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, and it assists them with home placement, job placement and education. NeNe suffered an abusive relationship for five years and knows firsthand the importance of this kind of support. She is proud to support her hometown and hopes to be a voice for women who have suffered from domestic abuse.