Omarosa, Come Up for Oxygen!
Recently named by E! as reality TV's No. 1 bad girl, The Apprentice's Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth is still basking in her Omatrocious infamy. Hardly fazed by the many criticisms leveled at her, Miss Thing still clearly feels she is the cat's meow. She next appears in tonight's episode of Oxygen's prank show Girls Behaving Badly at 10:30 pm/ET. To hear her talk about this, and her other recent career moves, you'd think she was bigger than Nicole Kidman. Here, TV Guide Online gets her to answer some of our juiciest questions — in between self-promotional plugs, of course.TV Guide Online: Tell me what you're doing on Girls Behaving Badly?
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth: (Giggles)
I'm a girl behaving badly. It was a natural fit, believe me! You know what they say: Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.
TVGO: So what's your prank?
I'm this naughty nurse in a doctor's office. I have several marks, and it's not even right
what we did to them. I can't blow the prank by disclosing what we do, but we're pushing people's limits and seeing how gullible they are.
TVGO: You're not there as yourself, you're acting, right?
I'm totally acting in costume. In fact, we were so concerned that people would recognize me that we tried to make me as unattractive as we possibly could. (Laughs)
And still, people were like, "You're so sexy in that nurse's outfit." They didn't recognize my face, but they knew my voice. This prank really taught me how many people watched The Apprentice
and how recognizable I am. I was shocked!
TVGO: Yup, everyone knows Omarosa.
One of the marks thought, "Oh no, is that what she did after she lost The Apprentice
? She became a nurse?" Oh, let me give you a little note. My mother, Theresa Manigault
, is an extra as a waiting-room patient. This was her first acting gig. She was so nervous and excited. The producer totally hooked her up and now she's gonna be doing all this extra work.
TVGO: Mom gets a shout out! Anyway, Bill Rancic questions how you attended the Emmys, since only he, Trump, George and Carolyn were invited. Did you buy your own ticket?
It's interesting how he would question that. He's fighting for attention on the red carpet because I'm dominating the reporters and photographers. NBC decided at the last minute not to give tickets to the [Apprentice
] contestants, but my kickass publicists did their own thing. They made their arrangements — I know for a fact that I didn't buy my own ticket. Let's face it. I'm on more red carpets than Bill Rancic and I'm in more demand than he is. The show wasn't a hit because he's the Apprentice.
TVGO: Well, I always enjoy your candor.
Omarosa: (Getting heated)
No, I'm candid not because I'm talking, but because nobody's saying, "Who's the next Bill Rancic? When's Bill Rancic coming back?" His name isn't on the cover of TV Guide
. It had my
name on it. It's sad because if I was the Apprentice and there was another contestant grabbing the limelight from me, I would be angry, too. Too bad!
TVGO: If The Apprentice had won an Emmy, would you have joined Trump and the others on stage?
They treated me like a VIP at the Emmys. They walked my publicist through what happens if you win. They gave her all the information. It's hard to deal with hypotheticals. We certainly as a professional team would do whatever the Emmys preferred and whoever the networks designated.
TVGO: What was the plan? Would you have gone on stage?
I can't do hypotheticals. They gave the information to my publicist. It didn't happen, so that's not even important. What's important is that it was great to be nominated.
TVGO: Donald was bitter that The Amazing Race won. Your take on his angry reaction to the loss?
Oh, can I say this? Let me just put it in perspective for me as Omarosa. NBC utilized my face in full-page [Emmy] ads in Variety
and The Hollywood Reporter
, which are the industry bibles. A full-page head-shot picture of me
. Whether we won or not, they chose me
to sell the show, so I got the most out of it. That's a win-win situation. So I really didn't get caught up in whether we won or lost. I got great exposure from attending the Emmys, I got to meet Miss Piggy
and Kermit the Frog
and my idol, Barbara Walters
. We're both journalists by trade. I was very sad things didn't turn out for Trump the way he wanted, but you can't win 'em all.
TVGO: How's your talk show coming, by the way?
excited about all the people who were interested in me. It's no secret I was approached by several major networks to do a show. I have settled on a particular network to produce my talk show. They have control over when things are released, so I can't disclose the nature of the show and when it will roll out or what the format is. That's what everyone's dying to know.
TVGO: Uh-huh. So how do you feel about those comparisons between you and Stacie J.?
I have talked to Stacie and I don't think a woman that accomplished could be crazy. Historically, for the past 10 years of reality TV, African-American women have been negatively portrayed in the same way. That pattern is particularly evident on Mark Burnett
's shows. The black man is always the lackadaisical, non-threatening person, whereas the black woman is the aggressive, attitude-having, head-shaking kind of person. Look at how they twisted Frenchie
on American Idol
— who was the best singer in the history of reality TV — or Alicia
or Camille McDonald
from America's Next Top Model
. There's a pattern.
TVGO: Care to set the record straight about Ereka calling you the N-word?
You need to get the transcript from Oprah
and you'll have your answer. I said that after Oprah
, I would never talk about it again and I haven't.