Omarosa Joins The Cast Of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’
Omarosa Manigault Newman, who served under President Donald Trump at the White House Office of Public Liaison for almost a year, is joining the new CBS reality show, Celebrity Big Brother, as one of 11 stars appearing on the show.
A spin-off of Big Brother, in which strangers move into a house together where they are not allowed to communicate with the outside world and participate in weekly competitions for the prize of $500,000, the new celebrity edition series is set to premiere Feb. 7.
Named TV person of the year by the Chicago Sun-Times after playing the villain in the first season of The Apprentice in 2004, Newman — more commonly referred to as Omarosa — told Oprah Winfrey, “I went from being anonymous to being famous overnight.” Since her big hit role, Omarosa has appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown, The Surreal Life and Battle of the Network Reality Stars, before becoming one of the leading female black supporters of the Trump administration and White House aide.
Omarosa reportedly resigned from the White House Office of Public Liaison “to pursue other opportunities,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Washington Post, but only after being fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly. “Certainly I had more access than most,” Omarosa said, according to Fox News, “And people had problems with that. People have problems with my 14 year relationship with him.”
Along with Omarosa, the cast is expected to include American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth, Real Housewife Brandi Glanville, former NBA star Metta World Peace, actor James Maslow, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez, UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, The Cosby Show‘s Keshia Knight Pulliam, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, TV personality Ross Mathews and actress Marissa Jaret Winokur.
Big Brother host Julie Chen will also host Celebrity Big Brother. Following the cast reveal, she tweeted 11 emojis, representing the celebrity members of the new reality show.
Coming Feb 7
— Julie Chen (@JulieChen) January 27, 2018