When Omarosa Manigault was cast on the first season of Donald Trump’s reality show “Celebrity Apprentice,” it seemed an unusual fit.
Manigault’s main claim to “fame” was her role on the first season of “The Apprentice” -- as the show’s charismatic villainess.
With the Oc brawl and other incidents in between seasons of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise being reported almost on a daily to weekly basis, I can’t help but begin to wonder if I should start tagging these reports as spoilers. After reporting this weekend about the Real Housewives of Orange County fight between Tamra Barney and Jeana Keough, I knew it wouldn’t be long before another cast would try to up the ante.
Just imagine sitting down and watching these events transpire without the previous knowledge of what’s to come? I also would be a bit richer if I had of betted on the New Jersey cast being the contenders for the Real Housewives Gone Wild crown.
As for racism, the 42-year-old denied ever seeing any signs that Trump or his family discriminates, pointing out that the businessman had invested in her career, openly called her his “favorite contestant” and even backed her dating show spinoff, The Ultimate Merger, which featured an African American cast and was on black network TV One.“Truly, I am living the American Dream because of Donald Trump.
During one episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” British television personality Piers Morgan noted the incongruity. “And you don’t have star power.” But Manigault had one thing going for her that superseded everything else.
“I adore you,” Trump told her in a 2013 episode of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” a subsequent spin-off that convened “Celebrity Apprentice” contestants from previous seasons. You helped make ‘The Apprentice.’ You helped to make me a star.” A moment later, Trump “fired” her, the third time he’d done so on national television. Now, Trump has cast Manigault in another unlikely role, as an adviser in his White House — a twist that would seem implausible even on reality TV.
What could he possibly see in someone so, well, Mean? Or at least not getting her extensions pulled out on TV anymore.
Of course, all reality show villains generally have a second life elsewhere - look no further than Omarosa from The Apprentice, Survivor’s Jonny Fairplay and, hello, the monster that is Spencer Pratt.