The 1 Reason Omarosa Might Actually Win ‘Celebrity Big Brother’
Though she thought she was riding high in her position as the Director of Communications for the White House Public Liaison Office, Omarosa Manigault got a grand reality check when she was unceremoniously ousted from her position in December 2017. Soon after her firing, Omarosa appeared on MSNBC to give her side of the story, positioning herself for a possible book deal and comeback story. However, no one could have guessed the former Apprentice star’s next career move.
In a move that shocked everyone, Omarosa is returning to her reality TV roots and competing on CBS’s Celebrity Big Brother. Though many of us assumed she would be aiming for a higher caliber position, this might actually be right for Omarosa. There is one reason one of the most notorious reality TV villains just might win Celebrity Big Brother.
The Big Brother premise
If you’ve never watched Big Brother because you have bills and more pressing things to attend to, then we’ll break down the premise for you. Essentially, the show shoves a group of strangers into a house, and they have no contact whatsoever with the outside world. However, 80 cameras and over 100 microphones strategically placed around the house capture their every move.
Competitors try to stay in the house and win a $50,000 grand prize. As you can imagine the “celebrity” aspect of it just means that the strangers have more Twitter followers than the average contestant.
Next: Ten reality shows in one year
Returning to reality TV just might be the smartest thing Omarosa has done in years. After all, it was reality television that thrust her into the spotlight. It all began when she appeared on the first season of The Apprentice back in 2004.
On an episode of Where Are They Now?, she told Oprah Winfrey, “I went from being anonymous to being famous overnight. I did 10 reality shows in one year. I did a stint on soap operas, and I did a couple of scripted shows.”
Next: Acting out at The White House
Celebrity Big Brother works because paranoia eventually seeps in, and the contestants must vote someone out of the house each week. Omarosa might be a lot of things, but she’s not a dumb woman, and she’s certainly not afraid to ruffle feathers. In fact, she often acted like she owned the White House. Politico reported that in April 2017, Omarosa used the White House for a personal photo shoot for her wedding.
They reported, “While it’s unclear whether she received formal permission for the photo shoot, at least some lawyers and other senior aides were not briefed in advance. They quickly banned Manigault, director of communications for the Office of the Public Liaison, from posting the pictures online, citing security and ethical concerns.”
Next: A bad reputation
A sinister reputation
One thing that Omarosa has in her favor is that her reputation proceeds her. Though she never actually won any of the big prizes on her stints on shows like Fear Factor, The Apprentice, or The Surreal Life, Omarosa always managed to stand out.
She told Oprah, “I remember a lot of titles being put on me at the time; they called me the greatest reality TV villain of all time … It didn’t define who I was. I was always bigger than my reality TV character.”
Next: Trying to make amends
Winning people over
Omarosa has been an ardent supporter of President Trump since his campaign began, despite the atrocious things he’s said about women, people of color, immigrants, and disabled people. However, in the wake of her expulsion from the White House, she seems to be changing her tune.
The Trump administration’s actions toward black Americans were ‘upsetting’ and ‘uncomfortable.’ As the only African American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people.
We’re certainly not buying Omarosa’s sudden switch-up, but that doesn’t mean her flowery words won’t work on some of her clueless fellow contestants.
Next: Terror and fear
Straight up fear
To say that Omarosa has a fiery personality would be an understatement. Some of the biggest bullies on Big Brother have been able to stay in the game because others were too afraid to evict them. Omarosa might be able to use that to her advantage. After all, she’s not afraid to be the bad guy.
When she worked at the White House, The Post’s Krissah Thompson described Omarosa as, “Wandering the halls of the White House aimlessly or ineffectively representing Trump before the groups she was hired to cultivate. Her appearance during a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists convention devolved into a screaming match, for instance.”
Next: A brand new career
Though we wouldn’t want to be in Omarosa shoes, she’s actually super successful when you think about it, which could aid her in being able to form alliances with other contestants. In fact, despite never actually winning the grand prize in her previous reality gigs or doing well at the White House, she’s been crafty enough to always land on her feet.
At the White House, she brought home the maximum staffer’s annual salary of $179,700. Also, she has already found her new gig while her former co-workers, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, and Anthony Scaramucci, are out here floundering without a job in sight.
Her sheer will to withstand it all just might get Omarosa the cash in the bag.
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