Omarosa Manigault Newman, most widely known by her first name, was fired from her position as a White House aide in December. And on February 8th, in a teaser for Celebrity Big Brother, she spoke out for the first time since leaving the White House.
In 2016, Omarosa famously said that Donald Trump’s critics would have to “bow down to President Trump.” But in the newly released Celebrity Big Brother clip, the former White House aide changed her tune, telling fellow contestant Ross Matthews that working at the White House was “100 percent worse” than being on a reality TV show. She questioned if anyone was advising Trump, describing the White House as “so bad.”
Omarosa also told Matthews she regretted her support of Trump, saying she would never vote for him again “in a million years.”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah brushed the former aide’s comments aside in a February 8th news briefing.
Before her brief stint in politics, Omarosa was a reality TV veteran. She competed on The Apprentice, when Trump served as the show’s host. The two bonded, and they went on to create a dating show called The Ultimate Merger in 2010. Later, Omarosa was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2013.
In the Trump administration, the former reality TV star was appointed as the director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. In December, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Omarosa would leave her position on January 20th, one year after Trump’s inauguration. Omarosa vehemently denied reports that she had been fired and that she had been forcefully removed from the White House.
Celebrity Big Brother features 11 contestants in total, among them actresses Keshia Knight Pulliam and Marissa Jaret Winokur, and former basketball player Metta World Peace.
It’s hard to know how much of what Omarosa says is true and how much of it is played up for the cameras. Regardless, we’ll be watching Celebrity Big Brother to see how this story unfolds.