Omarosa In Her Own Words
Omarosa, having plowed through about every reality series that will have her, is now heading to TV One network to explain it all, in a new series called "Life After."
The show will explore "major turning points" in the lives of some some of the country's "most intriguing personalities," TV One senior veep Toni Judkins tells a room full of television critics attending Summer TV Press Tour 2009.
Omarosa will be among the first intriguing personalities to get the "Life After" treatment. Each story will be told from the celebrity's perspective. Omarosa reports - Omarosa decides.
Judkins notes Omarosa so well known "we don't even use her last name." Actually that originally may have had more to do with the fact her last name was Manigault-Stallworth, which few could pronounce and no one could remember. But yes, these days, if you say "Omarosa," we all know you're talking about The Wicked Witch of Reality TV.
"I enjoy doing it and clearly I'm good at it," Omarosa says cooly of her career in reality TV. Then she goes into full "it's important to have programming that actually shows me as I am" mode, in re her TV One episode:
"[The show] gives you an opportunity to see me outside of the boardroom as a real person with emotions, as opposed to the ice queen that you saw in the boardroom. And yes, I am an ice queen in the boardroom, but when I walk out of the boardroom, I'm an auntie, I'm a daughter, I - oh no you didn't!" she snaps as someone's cell phone starts to ring.
"....and I'm sassy," Auntie Omarosa continues when the phone stops.
Inexplicably, critics seem interested in her take on reality series in which people undergo major life events on camera.
"I got divorced after 'The Apprentice' and I really didn't like him before 'The Apprentice,' - let's blame it on reality TV," she says slyly.
"Why do people do it?" one critic asks her about reality TV in general.
"I was working in the White House, $56,000 a year, 18-hour days, didn't see my family," she says. "I come out to L.A. and do a reality show for $100,000 and we shoot for 12 days...If you do the math, then you probably wouldn't ask the question."
Playing the I'm a Celebrity and You're Not card to a room full of underpaid TV critics is typically a turning point in press tour interview sessions.
The critics snap to attention. One of them questions her dollar figure for participating in a reality show. She covers, with a nasty: "It depends on the show. I could go down the salaries - I think it's a bit tacky, but we can." But then she says she got paid "$75,000 to do "Surreal Life."
"So when you ask 'why?' -- I'll work for six weeks, and then I'll let you all write about it for the rest of the year," she snickers.
Omarosa's having a very good time.
Warming up to her subject she says that participating in reality TV shows is liberating.
"When I'm shooting a show, like the scene between me and Piers Morgan on 'Celebrity Apprentice,' or me and psycho Janice Dickinson [on 'Surreal Life'], or any of the crazy -- at that moment, whatever I'm feeling is authentic," she explains.
On the other hand, when a critic asks if she'd like to apologize "for anything in particular," Omarosa replies:
"I would like first to apologize for calling Janice Dickinson a crackhead.
"And saying that she was cuckoo.
"And saying she was the oldest supermodel.
"I might want to apologize for talking about her jowls and her bad plastic surgery.
"I would also like to apologize for saying that she had a bad weave and that she was a terrible mother.
"I might also want to apologize to Piers Morgan for saying that he was a British idiot.
"And maybe to Wendy Williams for calling her a man.
" I can go on and on; I just felt like having a holistic moment," Omarosa tells her audience.
"You can keep apologizing if you want," one critic snarks.
"I meant that - I meant it from my heart," she responds.
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