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Jesse James on new life, new show: 'I'm still standing'

April 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM ET

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You'd think after the mess that Jesse James got himself into two years ago with now ex-wife Sandra Bullock, the last thing he'd want to do is star in a reality show.

Well, he's back -- and he doesn't giving a flying fig what you think about him....

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"I'm not afraid of (expletive)," James exclusively told me earlier today while promoting "Jesse James: Outlaw Garage," his new Discovery Channel special premiering April 9. "Everyone can say whatever they want about me and call me whatever, but guess what? I'm still standing."

And that he is -- just not in Hollywood. James now lives in Austin and slowly returned to television by competing on Discovery's "American Chopper: The Build-Off" in December.

"Outlaw" follows James and his team at the Austin Speed Shop as they rebuild a 1932 Ford Roadster. He's hoping it will become a series.

READ: Sure, Jesse James lost a fiancee, but he won his daughter back

"I think I'm in a pretty awesome place in life," James said. "In light of everything that's happened, I think I came out of it a better dad and a better person while living and working in a place that's like heaven to me."

Daddy time includes letting 8-year-old daughter Sunny help tattoo her name on his wrist. "There's a little bit of personal life (in Outlaw) with the kids and kind of explaining where I am now," James said. "I hate the words 'reality TV' because I think this is a refreshing change because none of it is scripted -- there's no made-up drama."

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If anyone knows drama, it's Jesse James.

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