The former White House Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison and former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Omarosa Manigault sat across from Stephen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to answer questions regarding her two most recent jobs.
Omarosa was fired from the White House in late January, and voted out of the Celebrity Big Brother house on Sunday. The Late Show is one of her first stops on what is likely to be an extensive publicity tour to further her personal brand as… a reality TV villain?
On a recent episode of Celebrity Big Brother, the cameras caught a quiet conversation between Omarosa and fellow contestant Ross Matthews, where she told him “It’s not going to be okay.” When confronted about this chilling remark, Omarosa provided context for the conversation.
Reader, be aware: Ross Matthews has already spoken out, stating on twitter “No shade, but Omarosa is mistaken. This convo was not about the Dreamers (we discussed that at another time). This convo was about President Trump. When asked, she said we would not be okay. Simple as that.” You can come to your own conclusions about who is the more trustworthy person – but if you’ve ever seen Omarosa’s appearance on The Apprentice, or if you have any inkling of an idea of what kind of person it takes to work in the Trump White House for a year, it should be an immediate and undoubted conclusion.
It’s as though Omarosa Manigault and Stephen Colbert were having two very different conversations – Stephen was looking for insight into President Trump’s leadership capabilities, and Omarosa was behaving as though she was on a morning talk show talking about how difficult the Celebrity Big Brother bowling competition was. Stephen approached the topics with sincerity and genuine concern. Omarosa responded with fake laughter and attempts to pander to the audience.
Stephen’s last hope was a rapid-fire list of Trump’s malfeasance, in hopes to get a genuine response from Omarosa, or perhaps a little more insight into Trumps’ inner workings. She came close, but played to the audience a little too much – there’s something wrong when the guest is the only person laughing. It’s an eerie disconnect that has one of two effects: it’s vastly unsettling, or it reveals just how phoney a person really is. For Omarosa, it was the latter – though that ought not to come as a shock for anyone.
All in all, the Celebrity Big Brother star gave a pretty terrible interview. Omarosa was unabashedly there for furthering her celebrity, in a weird attempt to pivot her public image to that of a liberal progressive who cares about the downtrodden. She failed – somewhere between talking into the camera (which she may very well be the first guest on The Late Show to do – most people talk directly to Stephen) and not taking Stephen’s concerns seriously, Omarosa came across as a cold 15-minuter long past her time.