Omarosa Laughs Through 20-Minute Grilling by Stephen Colbert, Says She Doesn’t ‘Regret Trying To Be a Voice of Reason’ in Trump Admin (Video)

On “The Late Show” Wednesday night, host Stephen Colbert had on former Trump administration staffer and recent “Big Brother” participant Omarosa Manigault-Newman to discuss anything and everything Colbert could think to ask her about her time working for the president in a 20-minute interview that CBS posted in full online Wednesday night.

The version of the interview that aired on CBS ran just under ten minutes. You can watch the full, uncut 20-minute interview embedded above or on YouTube here.

After the standard warm welcome and small talk, in which Colbert introduced Omarosa as someone who “went from the White House to the ‘Big Brother’ house and managed to make it out of both of them alive,” Colbert cut to the chase and asked about the viral clip of Omarosa telling one of her “Big Brother” housemates regarding Trump that “it’s going to not be okay.”

Omarosa laughed at the clip, saying it was actually the first time she’d seen it.

Also Read: ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah Surprised Ben Carson Has No Clue How Much a Chair Costs (Video)

“Was that a joke? Because you’re laughing about it,” Colbert said. “But he’s chilled, and I’m chilled by watching it because you know Donald Trump, you were in the White House, you were close to the events that were happening. What do you mean it’s not going to be OK?”

Initially Omarosa didn’t directly answer the question, saying that the clip was out of context and that it was part of “a bigger discussion…about immigration and roundups.” But after continued prying from Colbert she said that “we’ll have to wait and see.”

That back and forth kicked off a long sequence of similar interactions in which Colbert tried his hardest to get Omarosa to spill some beans and also give some greater context for what in the world is going on in the Trump administration, but for the most part she hedged her answers. She was willing to discuss her disapproval of Trump’s Twitter habit, but for the most part avoided expressing displeasure with his political platforms.

Also Read: Seth Meyers Tears Into Trump For Pretending to Care About the Opioid Crisis (Video)

She did, however, explain why it’s so hard for her to speak ill of Trump.

“Look, Donald Trump was my friend for 15 years,” Omarosa said.

“Watching him in this position has caused me to be excited sometimes and sometimes be very, very concerned. And I think if you woke up and your best friend was president tomorrow, you would have that same range of emotions.”

Colbert did not agree with that assertion.

“If my best friend was president tomorrow, I’d feel better,” Colbert said, triggering cheers from the audience and laughter from Omarosa. “Because she is way smarter than I am.”

Also Read: Colbert on Trump’s Claim He’d Have ‘Run In There’ During School Shooting: ‘The Part I Really Don’t Believe Is That He Can Run’ (Video)

Colbert asked Omarosa about probably the biggest news item from the Trump White House today, which was the resignation of Trump comms director Hope Hicks — Omarosa’s old boss.

Hicks’ resignation came after she admitted to investigators that she had lied on Trump’s behalf — though the details on what exactly Hicks had lied about are not publicly known. Which led Colbert to ask Omarosa if she knew what the lies were, prompting another laugh.

“I would suspect the first big one would be about crowd size,” Omarosa joked, referring to the administration’s claim that Trump’s inauguration drew the biggest crowd ever for a presidential inauguration.

“But I don’t really wanna go into it,” she continued, laughing again and drawing pleas from the audience.

Also Read: Seth Meyers Clowns Trump for Being a ‘Fake Tough Guy’ When Talking About Parkland Shooting (Video)

“No please, let’s go into it,” Colbert replied, to cheers. “The people wanna know! You worked in the office of communications, let’s communicate how big the crowd was.”

At that, she gave in a little: “I got to attend the inauguration of Bill Clinton, Bush, Obama, and when we got to the Trump inauguration and they said this was the largest crowd size, I’m like, man, I’ve been to a lot of inaugurations and this isn’t the biggest crowd size. But I didn’t wanna be the one to break it to him. I didn’t wanna be that person!”

This inspired another line of questioning from Omarosa, which she also went with.

“Who has to break things to Donald Trump that he doesn’t want to hear, and do they wear a cup?” Colbert asked.

“Well at the time it was Reince Priebus and Spicer,” she answered, “but again, both of them are no longer there.”

Also Read: ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah Jokes That Trump Could Distract School Shooters By Bragging About His Electoral College Victory (Video)

Late in the interview Colbert listed off a bunch of Trump’s worst hits while she was working for him either during the campaign or in office, and Omarosa categorized all of them as either “awful” or “unacceptable.” At which point Colbert reminded her that she stuck around through all of them.

“I don’t work for him, nor do I regret trying to be a voice of reason at the table and try to be the change,” she said.

Colbert then asked for further context for her comment about leaving the White House feeling like she’d been “freed from a plantation.”

“You know, the White House that I worked in, that Trump administration was — it was troubling and it was very difficult,” she told Colbert. “And my analogy of it being a plantation, meaning an ecosystem where people feel oppressed, is pretty clear. When you aren’t allowed to do the job that you were brought to do, to help be a change agent, to help be the liaison for communities that needed that assistance, that’s where that oppression comes from. And that’s what that analogy meant.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Seth Meyers Tears Into Trump For Pretending to Care About the Opioid Crisis (Video)

Seth Meyers Clowns Trump for Being a ‘Fake Tough Guy’ When Talking About Parkland Shooting (Video)

Colbert on Trump’s Claim He’d Have ‘Run In There’ During School Shooting: ‘The Part I Really Don’t Believe Is That He Can Run’ (Video)

‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah Jokes That Trump Could Distract School Shooters By Bragging About His Electoral College Victory (Video)

On “The Late Show” Wednesday night, host Stephen Colbert had on former Trump administration staffer and recent “Big Brother” participant Omarosa Manigault-Newman to discuss anything and everything Colbert could think to ask her about her time working for the president in a 20-minute interview that CBS posted in full online Wednesday night.

The version of the interview that aired on CBS ran just under ten minutes. You can watch the full, uncut 20-minute interview embedded above or on YouTube here.

After the standard warm welcome and small talk, in which Colbert introduced Omarosa as someone who “went from the White House to the ‘Big Brother’ house and managed to make it out of both of them alive,” Colbert cut to the chase and asked about the viral clip of Omarosa telling one of her “Big Brother” housemates regarding Trump that “it’s going to not be okay.”

Omarosa laughed at the clip, saying it was actually the first time she’d seen it.

“Was that a joke? Because you’re laughing about it,” Colbert said. “But he’s chilled, and I’m chilled by watching it because you know Donald Trump, you were in the White House, you were close to the events that were happening. What do you mean it’s not going to be OK?”

Initially Omarosa didn’t directly answer the question, saying that the clip was out of context and that it was part of “a bigger discussion…about immigration and roundups.” But after continued prying from Colbert she said that “we’ll have to wait and see.”

That back and forth kicked off a long sequence of similar interactions in which Colbert tried his hardest to get Omarosa to spill some beans and also give some greater context for what in the world is going on in the Trump administration, but for the most part she hedged her answers. She was willing to discuss her disapproval of Trump’s Twitter habit, but for the most part avoided expressing displeasure with his political platforms.

She did, however, explain why it’s so hard for her to speak ill of Trump.

“Look, Donald Trump was my friend for 15 years,” Omarosa said.

“Watching him in this position has caused me to be excited sometimes and sometimes be very, very concerned. And I think if you woke up and your best friend was president tomorrow, you would have that same range of emotions.”

Colbert did not agree with that assertion.

“If my best friend was president tomorrow, I’d feel better,” Colbert said, triggering cheers from the audience and laughter from Omarosa. “Because she is way smarter than I am.”

Colbert asked Omarosa about probably the biggest news item from the Trump White House today, which was the resignation of Trump comms director Hope Hicks — Omarosa’s old boss.

Hicks’ resignation came after she admitted to investigators that she had lied on Trump’s behalf — though the details on what exactly Hicks had lied about are not publicly known. Which led Colbert to ask Omarosa if she knew what the lies were, prompting another laugh.

“I would suspect the first big one would be about crowd size,” Omarosa joked, referring to the administration’s claim that Trump’s inauguration drew the biggest crowd ever for a presidential inauguration.

“But I don’t really wanna go into it,” she continued, laughing again and drawing pleas from the audience.

“No please, let’s go into it,” Colbert replied, to cheers. “The people wanna know! You worked in the office of communications, let’s communicate how big the crowd was.”

At that, she gave in a little: “I got to attend the inauguration of Bill Clinton, Bush, Obama, and when we got to the Trump inauguration and they said this was the largest crowd size, I’m like, man, I’ve been to a lot of inaugurations and this isn’t the biggest crowd size. But I didn’t wanna be the one to break it to him. I didn’t wanna be that person!”

This inspired another line of questioning from Omarosa, which she also went with.

“Who has to break things to Donald Trump that he doesn’t want to hear, and do they wear a cup?” Colbert asked.

“Well at the time it was Reince Priebus and Spicer,” she answered, “but again, both of them are no longer there.”

Late in the interview Colbert listed off a bunch of Trump’s worst hits while she was working for him either during the campaign or in office, and Omarosa categorized all of them as either “awful” or “unacceptable.” At which point Colbert reminded her that she stuck around through all of them.

“I don’t work for him, nor do I regret trying to be a voice of reason at the table and try to be the change,” she said.

Colbert then asked for further context for her comment about leaving the White House feeling like she’d been “freed from a plantation.”

“You know, the White House that I worked in, that Trump administration was — it was troubling and it was very difficult,” she told Colbert. “And my analogy of it being a plantation, meaning an ecosystem where people feel oppressed, is pretty clear. When you aren’t allowed to do the job that you were brought to do, to help be a change agent, to help be the liaison for communities that needed that assistance, that’s where that oppression comes from. And that’s what that analogy meant.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Seth Meyers Tears Into Trump For Pretending to Care About the Opioid Crisis (Video)

Seth Meyers Clowns Trump for Being a 'Fake Tough Guy' When Talking About Parkland Shooting (Video)

Colbert on Trump's Claim He'd Have 'Run In There' During School Shooting: 'The Part I Really Don't Believe Is That He Can Run' (Video)

'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Jokes That Trump Could Distract School Shooters By Bragging About His Electoral College Victory (Video)

Donald Glover buying all that adorable Girl Scout’s cookies almost makes up for Omarosa on The Late Show

Some nights, The Late Show’s booking power provides a roller coaster for the human spirit. On Wednesday, Stephen Colbert opened up on a serious high note, with a funny, thoughtful interview with Donald Glover in advance of tomorrow’s Atlanta season premiere. And that’s before Colbert sprung the lovely surprise of that…

Read more…

Some nights, The Late Show’s booking power provides a roller coaster for the human spirit. On Wednesday, Stephen Colbert opened up on a serious high note, with a funny, thoughtful interview with Donald Glover in advance of tomorrow’s Atlanta season premiere. And that’s before Colbert sprung the lovely surprise of that…

Read more...

Omarosa Hedges Her Bets on if America Is ‘Going to Be OK’ or Not Under Trump (Video)

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the former White House staffer and “Celebrity Big Brother” contestant who made headlines with her criticism of President Donald Trump earlier this month, is now walking back her comments.

In an interview on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” airing on Wednesday night, Manigault-Newman was asked about her assertion that the country is “not going to be OK” with her former “Apprentice” boss in the White House.

“That was part of a bigger discussion,” she said, referencing the conversation with fellow houseguest Ross Mathews. “We were talking about immigration and round-ups.”

Also Read: Omarosa Compares Her Time at Trump White House to Slavery: ‘I’ve Been Emancipated’

In the tearful conversation, which aired on the CBS reality show and earned a snarky rebuke from a White House spokesperson, Manigault-Newman also said she “was haunted by [the president’s] tweets every single day.”

The former White House communications aide now says that the conversation was exclusively about the immigration debate.

“It’s a very difficult and very complicated subject,” she said. “I don’t believe it can be resolved so simply, and that was part of the discussion … We have an opportunity to make it okay. I don’t want 15 seconds on a reality show to encapsulate such a serious topic.”

Also Read: Omarosa Says ‘Hell No!’ She Didn’t Sleep With President Trump But… (Video)

When pressed to answer the “is everything going to be OK?” question directly, Manigault-Newman hedged: “We’ll have to wait and see.”

TONIGHT: @Omarosa​ tells Stephen what she meant by “we’re not going to be okay” when she confided in her @CBSBigBrother housemate @helloross. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/LXqZQe9l2P

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 1, 2018

Related stories from TheWrap:

Omarosa Compares Her Time at Trump White House to Slavery: ‘I’ve Been Emancipated’

Omarosa Says ‘Hell No!’ She Didn’t Sleep With President Trump But… (Video)

Omarosa Says America Is ‘Not Gonna Be OK’ Under Trump (Video)

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the former White House staffer and “Celebrity Big Brother” contestant who made headlines with her criticism of President Donald Trump earlier this month, is now walking back her comments.

In an interview on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” airing on Wednesday night, Manigault-Newman was asked about her assertion that the country is “not going to be OK” with her former “Apprentice” boss in the White House.

“That was part of a bigger discussion,” she said, referencing the conversation with fellow houseguest Ross Mathews. “We were talking about immigration and round-ups.”

In the tearful conversation, which aired on the CBS reality show and earned a snarky rebuke from a White House spokesperson, Manigault-Newman also said she “was haunted by [the president’s] tweets every single day.”

The former White House communications aide now says that the conversation was exclusively about the immigration debate.

“It’s a very difficult and very complicated subject,” she said. “I don’t believe it can be resolved so simply, and that was part of the discussion … We have an opportunity to make it okay. I don’t want 15 seconds on a reality show to encapsulate such a serious topic.”

When pressed to answer the “is everything going to be OK?” question directly, Manigault-Newman hedged: “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Omarosa Compares Her Time at Trump White House to Slavery: 'I've Been Emancipated'

Omarosa Says 'Hell No!' She Didn't Sleep With President Trump But… (Video)

Omarosa Says America Is 'Not Gonna Be OK' Under Trump (Video)

Piers Morgan Has the Perfect Response to Trump’s ‘WITCH HUNT!’ Tweet

Well played, Piers Morgan; well played.

British media personality Morgan fortified his position as a card-carrying member of the Twitterati on Tuesday, delivering the perfect response to a cryptic tweet published by President Donald Trump.

Morgan’s pithy wit came into play after Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, “WITCH HUNT!”

Also Read: Piers Morgan Calls out Trump After Florida School Shooting: ‘What Are You Going to Do About It?’

While Trump didn’t offer further details on his declaration, Morgan filled in the blanks with a scathing bit of humor.

“Oh-oh…Omarosa’s in trouble,” Morgan tweeted in response.

For those who haven’t been keeping up with such things, that would be a reference to Morgan’s former “Celebrity Apprentice” castmate and Trump administration alum Omarosa Manigault, who exited her White House gig under murky circumstances last year and took some shots at the Trump administration during her subsequent stint on “Celebrity Big Brother,” saying the country is “not going to be okay” with Trump in the White House.

Morgan has made no secret about his antipathy for Manigault. In a Daily Mirror column published earlier this month, Morgan called her a “”a vicious, duplicitous, lying, conniving, backstabbing piece of work” and accusing her of offering Morgan sex during their time on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Also Read: Donald Trump Butt-Sniffing Pic Makes Piers Morgan Fume on Twitter

Morgan wrote that Manigault made her offer while they were taping the first season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” as they awaited details of their first challenge.

“Omarosa sidled up to me at the New York Mercantile Exchange and said, quite seriously, ‘Piers, do you want a showmance?’ ‘A what?’ I replied. ‘A showmance. You know, a romance on the show — we get it on together. Happens all the time on ‘Apprentice.’ Everyone has sex together. Then we can make lots of money out of it,’” Morgan wrote.

“I stared at her grasping, ferociously ambitious little eyes, and laughed,” Morgan continued. “‘You must be joking, you deluded woman.’ She didn’t take it well. ‘What are you? Gay?’”

Also Read: Topless Kim Kardashian Gets a Tongue-Lashing From Piers Morgan (Photo)

According to Morgan, after he rejected the offer, Manigault decided to “repeatedly question my sexuality in the most crude and offensive manner.”

Among the instances, Morgan wrote, was when Manigault “snarled” at him, “Shut the f– up, a-hole … How are your kids going to feel when they wake up and discover their dad’s a f–ing f—t?”

Oh-oh…Omarosa’s in trouble. https://t.co/eYLJVThmKS

– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 27, 2018

Related stories from TheWrap:

Piers Morgan Rips ‘Shameless Old Fraud’ John Oliver

Piers Morgan Calls out Trump After Florida School Shooting: ‘What Are You Going to Do About It?’

Piers Morgan Says Omarosa Offered Him Sex, Called Him Homophobic Slur While on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Well played, Piers Morgan; well played.

British media personality Morgan fortified his position as a card-carrying member of the Twitterati on Tuesday, delivering the perfect response to a cryptic tweet published by President Donald Trump.

Morgan’s pithy wit came into play after Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, “WITCH HUNT!”

While Trump didn’t offer further details on his declaration, Morgan filled in the blanks with a scathing bit of humor.

“Oh-oh…Omarosa’s in trouble,” Morgan tweeted in response.

For those who haven’t been keeping up with such things, that would be a reference to Morgan’s former “Celebrity Apprentice” castmate and Trump administration alum Omarosa Manigault, who exited her White House gig under murky circumstances last year and took some shots at the Trump administration during her subsequent stint on “Celebrity Big Brother,” saying the country is “not going to be okay” with Trump in the White House.

Morgan has made no secret about his antipathy for Manigault. In a Daily Mirror column published earlier this month, Morgan called her a “”a vicious, duplicitous, lying, conniving, backstabbing piece of work” and accusing her of offering Morgan sex during their time on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Morgan wrote that Manigault made her offer while they were taping the first season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” as they awaited details of their first challenge.

“Omarosa sidled up to me at the New York Mercantile Exchange and said, quite seriously, ‘Piers, do you want a showmance?’ ‘A what?’ I replied. ‘A showmance. You know, a romance on the show — we get it on together. Happens all the time on ‘Apprentice.’ Everyone has sex together. Then we can make lots of money out of it,'” Morgan wrote.

“I stared at her grasping, ferociously ambitious little eyes, and laughed,” Morgan continued. “‘You must be joking, you deluded woman.’ She didn’t take it well. ‘What are you? Gay?'”

According to Morgan, after he rejected the offer, Manigault decided to “repeatedly question my sexuality in the most crude and offensive manner.”

Among the instances, Morgan wrote, was when Manigault “snarled” at him, “Shut the f– up, a-hole … How are your kids going to feel when they wake up and discover their dad’s a f–ing f—t?”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Piers Morgan Rips 'Shameless Old Fraud' John Oliver

Piers Morgan Calls out Trump After Florida School Shooting: 'What Are You Going to Do About It?'

Piers Morgan Says Omarosa Offered Him Sex, Called Him Homophobic Slur While on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Omarosa Considers Writing a Book That Will Have Trump ‘Come After Me With Everything He Has’

For those who thought Omarosa Manigault’s comments about the chaos behind closed doors in the White House would make a great tell-all book, on Saturday night’s “Celebrity Big Brother,” she admitted the same thought has crossed her mind.

In a montage of previously unseen clips from past “Celebrity Big Brother” episodes, President Donald Trump’s former adviser told the other house guests, “I’m thinking of writing a tell-all sometime.”

Even though she’s certain that will not go over well with the POTUS, she said she’s prepared for the fallout. “He’s going to come after me with everything he has,” she said. “Like, I’m going up against a kazillionaire, so I’ll probably end up in court for the next… but I have to tell my truth. I’m tired of being muted.”

Also Read: Omarosa Says ‘Hell No!’ She Didn’t Sleep With President Trump But… (Video)

She continued, “All the stuff that I just put on a shelf somewhere out of loyalty — I’ve been defending somebody for so long, and I’m now I’m like, ‘Yo, you are a special kind of f–ed up, and that special breed, they’re about to learn all about it.”

Watch the entire Omarosa montage below.

“Celebrity Big Brother” airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Omarosa Says ‘Hell No!’ She Didn’t Sleep With President Trump But… (Video)

Piers Morgan Says Omarosa Offered Him Sex, Called Him Homophobic Slur While on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Omarosa Warns ‘Scary’ Pence Would Be Worse Than Trump

For those who thought Omarosa Manigault’s comments about the chaos behind closed doors in the White House would make a great tell-all book, on Saturday night’s “Celebrity Big Brother,” she admitted the same thought has crossed her mind.

In a montage of previously unseen clips from past “Celebrity Big Brother” episodes, President Donald Trump’s former adviser told the other house guests, “I’m thinking of writing a tell-all sometime.”

Even though she’s certain that will not go over well with the POTUS, she said she’s prepared for the fallout. “He’s going to come after me with everything he has,” she said. “Like, I’m going up against a kazillionaire, so I’ll probably end up in court for the next… but I have to tell my truth. I’m tired of being muted.”

She continued, “All the stuff that I just put on a shelf somewhere out of loyalty — I’ve been defending somebody for so long, and I’m now I’m like, ‘Yo, you are a special kind of f–ed up, and that special breed, they’re about to learn all about it.”

Watch the entire Omarosa montage below.

“Celebrity Big Brother” airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Omarosa Says 'Hell No!' She Didn't Sleep With President Trump But… (Video)

Piers Morgan Says Omarosa Offered Him Sex, Called Him Homophobic Slur While on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Omarosa Warns 'Scary' Pence Would Be Worse Than Trump

Jimmy Kimmel: Omarosa Stuck In House Full Of Reality TV Stars – Just Like Melania

Jimmy Kimmel thinks President Donald Trump is more likely watching Omarosa in Celebrity Big Brother than the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Omorasa, he explained, is the former Apprentice contestant, turned Celebrity Apprentice contestant, turned White House…Apprentice contestant – who is now a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother.
“That’s right. Omarosa is trapped in a house with a bunch of reality TV stars. Just like Melania,” Kimmel said.
Among her more interesting Big…

Jimmy Kimmel thinks President Donald Trump is more likely watching Omarosa in Celebrity Big Brother than the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Omorasa, he explained, is the former Apprentice contestant, turned Celebrity Apprentice contestant, turned White House…Apprentice contestant – who is now a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother. “That's right. Omarosa is trapped in a house with a bunch of reality TV stars. Just like Melania,” Kimmel said. Among her more interesting Big…

Piers Morgan Tells Tucker Carlson That Omarosa Propositioned Him On ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Omarosa, currently terrorizing housemates on CBS’s Celebrity Big Brother, is vicious, conniving, scheming, plotting, and treacherous, Piers Morgan told Tucker Carlson on Fox News Channel Tuesday night.
“She is absolutely appalling. I mean, literally one of the worst human beings I have ever encountered in my life,” Morgan said, adding, “I have encountered a lot of bad people.”
This week, Omarosa warned fellow Celebrity Big Brother inmates that Veep Mike Pence would make a…

Omarosa, currently terrorizing housemates on CBS’s Celebrity Big Brother, is vicious, conniving, scheming, plotting, and treacherous, Piers Morgan told Tucker Carlson on Fox News Channel Tuesday night. “She is absolutely appalling. I mean, literally one of the worst human beings I have ever encountered in my life,” Morgan said, adding, “I have encountered a lot of bad people.” This week, Omarosa warned fellow Celebrity Big Brother inmates that Veep Mike Pence would make a…