Over the last year, NeNe Leakes has shown that she’s not one of those stars whose 15 minutes of fame will be tied to one medium, namely her hit show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” And while the series has undoubtedly been her star maker as well as her bread and butter, she now claims that she plans on leaving the show one day to pursue her other dreams.
In a recent interview with the New York Post, Leakes, who’s now juggling gigs on “Glee” and the new sitcom “The New Normal,” explained that she now wants to get away from reality TV.
As anyone in reality TV should know, Leakes is well aware that her life in the catty world of reality TV has had at least some damaging effect on her reputation and career prospects.
“… Just the thought of me being a ‘housewife,’ they would probably say ‘Hmmm. We may not want to use her,’ ” she explained. “… The cattiness and the b—hiness and the fighting. People see you as that is who you are.”
But Leakes isn’t letting reputation problems stop her and she revealed that she wants to one day host her own talk show.
“I would keep it real for the whole hour!” Leakes said. “Whatever the topic is, I feel I could talk about anything. Politics, men, money, shoes . . . anything. I wouldn’t want to do a ‘Maury Povich’ show. Baby daddy! Who’s your daddy? Who’s your mama? I wouldn’t want to do that kind of show.”
Leakes said that she has already “had interviews” about getting her own show but nothing concrete has happened yet.
“It’s just a matter of time,” she said. “I am here now, because I am supposed to be here. And I guess when it is my time to cross over there, I will be over there. I am not religious, but I am spiritual, honey. My day is coming!”
And Leakes isn’t alone. Check out some other reality TV stars that have crossed over to mainstream success. –nicholas robinson