Omarosa, Back on Reality TV, Opens Up About Her Tumultuous Tenure at White House


Omarosa Manigault Newman, a contestant on the latest season of "Celebrity Big Brother," will open up about her tumultuous tenure at the White House, according to excerpts posted by the reality television show.

Manigault Newman, who became a household name after appearing on NBC's "The Apprentice," served as White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison for almost a year under President Donald Trump. She resigned from the position in December. Rumors swirled that White House chief of staff John Kelly fired Manigault Newman and that she had to be escorted out of the building after shouting and cursing. Manigault Newman has denied those reports.

Last month, CBS announced that Manigault Newman would return to her reality television roots as a contestant on "Celebrity Big Brother." The show's premiere has been scheduled over three nights—Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

In a video excerpt released by the show, a visibly upset Manigault Newman is seen conversing with her co-star Ross Matthews about her time in the Trump administration.

"Can I tell you as a voter, as a citizen, I never got it, why you went to the White House with him, " Matthews says.

"I felt like it was a call to duty. I felt like I was serving my country, not serving him," Manigault Newman says, apparently referring to Trump. "Whenever I was accepting a political appointment, it was always about the country."

"I was haunted by tweets, every single day. Like what is he going to tweet next?" she adds.

"Does anybody say to him: what are you doing?" Matthews asks.

"I tried to be that person, and then all of the people around him attacked me," Manigault Newman responds.

"Should we be worried," Matthews then asks. "We are worried, but I need you to say, ‘No, it's going to be OK.'"

"No, it's not going to be OK," Manigault Newman responds. "It's not. It's so bad."

During the show's initial premiere on Wednesday, Manigault Newman compared the format, where contestants vote someone off each week, to the White House.

"There's a lot of people [here] that want to stab me in the back, kind of similar to the White House," she said. "The one thing that I learned from politics is you have to watch your back, and sometimes you have to watch your front, too."

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Haris Alic is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the staff, Haris worked in communications and government relations at various non-profits. Haris lives in Northern Virginia. His Twitter handle is @realHarisAlic. He can be reached at

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