Omarosa ManigaultLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Maybe the Emmys should adapt the "Popular Award" that the Oscars proposed
Sure, a hit show like Game of Thrones won the top drama award last night. But as Peter Rubin points out, "trophy after trophy went to the most prestigious of prestige TV: Netflix's Queen Elizabeth II bio-series The Crown; FX's Cold War domestic espionage cat-and-mouse The Americans; Amazon's upstart comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; HBO's ... everything. No question, these were deserving shows and performances. Henry Winkler? Still a treasure, even if his Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award for Barry came at the expense of Atlanta's far more deserving Brian Tyree Henry. Meanwhile, some of the television series I've had the most conversations about it—the good kind, the morning-after-Slackathon kind, the "oh, you've gotta watch this" kind—got overlooked... All of which makes me wonder if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences might have been on to something with its proposed-then-scrapped idea to introduce a 'outstanding achievement in popular film 'Academy Award category—not for the Oscars, but the Emmys."
- Emmys allowed Lorne Michaels and his SNL stars to run wild, forgetting that they're supposed to be the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players"
- The Emmys did break diversity records, but it was during the Creative Arts Emmys
- Why The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is deserving of its Emmys sweep
- Oscars director Glenn Weiss and his new fiancé met at an awards show: The Tonys in 2001
- Ryan Murphy says he feels like he's "in the club" after his American Crime Story directing Emmy win
- New York Times to issue a correction after mistaking Angela Bassett for Omarosa in an Emmys caption
- Henry Winkler says winning his first Emmy "feels unbelievable"
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Angela Bassett, Glenn Weiss, Henry Winkler, Lorne Michaels, Omarosa Manigault, Ryan Murphy, Award Shows, Diversity, Oscars
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Omarosa tells The View President Trump coached her to "come after" Joy Behar
The president didn't like that Behar “was constantly in his face and in Melania’s face," Omarosa said during her visit Monday morning. ALSO: Omarosa releases a new tape of Sarah Huckabee Sanders agreeing with Trump's "lies."
Posted Friday 9/07/18 at 5:04PM EDT
Omarosa plans to release a new Trump White House tape Monday on The View
Source: Page Six
The former White House staffer's book sales have been sinking since her press tour ended a few weeks ago. So Omarosa's The View appearance next week looks like another attempt to get back in the headlines.
Posted Monday 8/27/18 at 10:30PM EDT
"The Omarosa Effect": The former Apprentice villain and Trump advisor has done real harm to cultural representation of black women
"Like the archetype of the 'strong black woman' (i.e., Olivia Pope), Omarosa and her imitators position themselves as impenetrable, unbreakable, and unemotional," says Robin M. Boylorn. "Real black women are not that strong or magical or unaffected by pain. The Omarosa trope is what happens when your fear, anxiety, sadness, and vulnerability are edited out of the version of your life that everyone can see." Boylorn adds: "Omarosa taught us to see her as a caricature whose calculating ways, business savvy, and money-seeking hustle took her from the boardroom to the penthouse to the White House. She really did win the prize she’d initially sought on a television show, but she got more than she bargained for. In real life as in reality TV, it’s not so easy to turn a villain into a victim."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Why hasn't Omarosa appeared on CNN?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter takes a closer look at rumors that the former White House aide is banned from appearing on CNN, after Page Six reported Monday that the news network canceled a scheduled appearance on Jake Tapper's State of the Union. Omarosa's rep says it's true that CNN decided "not to move forward" after she was "tentatively booked." A CNN source says that Omarosa was never formally scheduled to appear, but that several CNN personalities have reportedly reached out to her. Omarosa may end up appearing on Van Jones' show in September.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 2:41PM EDT
Report: CNN has been shunning Omarosa
Source: Page Six
The former White House staffer has been all over MSNBC, but she 's been unable to promote her book on CNN. “Don Lemon was offered one of the first cable interviews and passed,” an insider tells Page Six. CNN also canceled her appearance on Jake Tapper's State of the Union. ALSO: Cable news spent 34 hours covering Omarosa last week.
Posted Saturday 8/18/18 at 6:39AM EDT
How reality TV shaped Omarosa's headline-grabbing press tour
"The former Apprentice contestant comes across as a younger, more vital, and more developed reality star than her former boss," says Lili Loofbourow of Omarosa's headline-generating media tour promoting her White House tell-all Unhinged. "She does not apologize. She acts in her own self-interest. And she is quite comfortable playing the villain if she needs to. At this juncture, she’s opted to play turncoat to Trump’s circle. It’s a storyline that requires her to perform a kind of prodigal daughter script to the rest of the world, an awakening to her past mistakes. She’s done this with typical skill over the past week as she’s promoted her book. Her strategy is not to present as an innocent." Loofbourow adds that Omarosa intended her story to be a "redemption narrative. It has to be. Reality-TV folks don’t build their brands on respectability—their freedom from conventional constraints like being predictable and well-liked is their power—but they can pull off One Big Pivot in their careers. Usually, it’s where they claim that, yes, they were part of the circus, but things have finally gone too far and gotten so bad that even they must shine a light on it! Only those who’ve been in the muck know what to fix."
- Trevor Noah calls Omarosa Trump's true protégé after interviewing her: "She seems to excel at the game even more than he does. She’s really learned from him. She knows how to mobilize the media. She knows how to keep a story bubbling. I mean, in a microcosm she shows you exactly what Donald Trump did to get into the White House.”
- Omarosa's press tour gets the Our Cartoon President treatment
- This was the week Omarosa took over late-night TV
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
SNL's former co-head writer "screamed with pride" when he learned Ivanka Trump supposedly hated his "Complicit" perfume ad spoof
Omarosa's book Unhinged claims that President Trump's eldest daughter "couldn’t stop bemoaning it, how offensive it was, how ridiculous it was" days after the "Complicit" parody ad featuring Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka was broadcast. Chris Kelly, who was co-head writer at the time, wrote on Instagram in reaction to Omarosa's allegation: "Have decided to move this from an instastory to a mainpage post because of how loud I screamed with pride when I saw this."
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel recalls the time Omarosa stormed off his show in 2004
Source: The Daily Beast
In April 2004, Omarosa was at the height of her Apprentice fame when she was set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! But when she saw a lie detector test being set up -- for a comedy bit unrelated to her -- she fled the building and Kimmel was left without a guest that night. “She stormed out of there and the show was live, so we had no guest,” Kimmel recounted on Tuesday. “She was very angry.”
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:52PM EDT
Omarosa's tell-all claims Donald Trump egged on Gene Simmons as he made sexual comments about Ivanka Trump in front of her on Celebrity Apprentice
Omarosa's Unhinged book claims the Kiss singer made lurid comments about Ivanka in 2007 during a taping of Celebrity Apprentice. "Donald asked Gene, 'What do you think of Ivanka? How’s she doing?'" writes Omarosa. "What followed was a vile exchange, right in front of Ivanka, with Gene Simmons talking about her in a room full of people."
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Penn Jillette: Donald Trump said "racially insensitive things" on Celebrity Apprentice
"He would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable," says the magician, who competed on the 2013 edition of Celebrity Apprentice, in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture. "I don’t think he ever said anything in that room like “African-Americans are inferior” or anything about rape or grabbing women, but of those two hours every other day in a room with him, every ten minutes was fingernails on chalkboard." Jillette wouldn't go into detail, adding: "No. If Donald Trump had not become president, I would tell you all the stories. But the stakes are now high and I am an unreliable narrator. What I do, as much as anything, is I’m a storyteller. And storytellers are liars. So I can emotionally tell you things that happened racially, sexually, and that showed stupidity and lack of compassion when I was in the room with Donald Trump and I guarantee you that I will get details wrong."
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
Andy Cohen will take a "HARD PASS" on adding Omarosa to the Real Housewives franchise
The Bravo honcho was reacting to Real Housewives of Dallas star D'Andra Simmons' suggestion that Omarosa would be perfect for the Bravo reality franchise.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:39AM EDT
President Trump: Mark Burnett called to say there are no Apprentice N-word tapes
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The president ranted on Twitter against Omarosa last night and into this morning, calling the thrice-fired former Apprentice contestant a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog." He also tweeted that The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett "called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying...." In another tweet, Trump added: "....such wonderful and powerful things about me - a true Champion of Civil Rights - until she got fired. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!" Burnett has yet to confirm if he did indeed call Trump.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Omarosa tells Savannah Guthrie to "calm down" in a heated Today interview
Guthrie grilled the former Trump White House official after she revealed she secretly recorded her firing in the Situation Room. Omarosa, promoting her new tell-all book Unhinged, reacted by telling Guthrie to "slow down" and "calm down." ALSO: President Trump refers to Omarosa as "Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time."
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Omarosa says she believes The Apprentice tapes of Donald Trump using the N-word exist
The former Apprentice contestant and Trump White House official says in her new book Unhinged that she never personally witnessed Trump use the N-word, but she claims to have witnessed the president using derogatory words about Asians to describe Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, who is half-Filipino. Omarosa says three sources "all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single N-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of The Apprentice. I was told exactly what Donald Trump said—yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant—and when he’s said them. Meanwhile, the White House blasted Omarosa's claims Trump used racist words. “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. ALSO: Omarosa says she was offered a $15,000-a-month hush money contract from President Trump’s campaign to keep quiet.