Wednesday's appearance was Omarosa Manigault Newman's first TV interview since she made controversial comments on Celebrity Big Brother

By Karen Mizoguchi
March 01, 2018 02:19 AM

During her first late-night appearance since leaving Celebrity Big Brother, Omarosa Manigault Newman reflected on her one-year experience of being a White House aide during a wide-ranging interview.

The star, who left her position in January, even discussed the latest Trump staffer casualty: her former boss and his fourth White House communications director, Hope Hicks.

“You worked for her you know what the lies were?” Colbert inquired, referencing Hicks’ reported admission to a House panel that she’s told white lies for the president.

“I suspect the first one would be about crowd size but I don’t want to go into it,” Manigault Newman teased before sharing further detail on her comment. “I got to see the inauguration of Clinton, of Bush, of Obama and when we got to the Trump inauguration they said this is the largest crowd size. I said, ‘Man I’ve been to a lot of inaugurations, this wasn’t the biggest.’ I didn’t want to be the one to break it to him. I didn’t want to be that person.”

Following his Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration, Trump repetitively claimed more people attended his inauguration than Obama’s 2009 swearing-in and even demanded photographic proof.

During the 19-minute interview – only some of which aired on television, Manigault Newman also said that only time will tell whether the country will be all right under Trump.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” Manigault Newman said vaguely responding to the host’s inquiry about her “it’s not going to be okay” comment during CBB. “I think working for the White House was a little crazier.”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Omarosa Manigault Newman
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When asked if some of his presidential actions make her doubt him as the commander-in-chief, she expressed her loyalty to her longtime pal, who has fired her multiple times now.

“Look Donald Trump was my friend for 15 years,” Manigault Newman explained. “He was my friend and watching him in this position has caused me to be excited sometimes and sometimes be very, very concerned.”

Adding, “I think if you woke up and your best friend was president tomorrow you’d have that same range of emotions.”

Manigault Newman first found fame in 2004 as a contestant on Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, before he ultimately fired her. Then over a decade later, in 2017, she joined Trump’s administration as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison and was one of the president’s most prominent African American supporters.

She also served as his director of African-American outreach during his presidential campaign.

Omarosa Manigault Newman; Donald Trump
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As Wednesday’s appearance was her first TV interview since she made controversial comments on CBB, Manigault Newman clarified some of them, including her comparison of leaving the White House to getting “freed off the plantation.”

“The White House that I worked in at the Trump administration, it was troubling. And it was very difficult. My analogy of it being a plantation: an ecosystem of people who feel oppressed is pretty clear,” she told Colbert.

“When you aren’t allowed to do the job you were brought to do. To help be a change agent, to be a liaison for communities that need it, that’s where that oppression comes from,” Manigault Newman continued.

“And that’s what that analogy meant Stephen if they were an African-American woman. I was speaking for myself, I can’t speak for everyone in the White House. I was speaking for how I felt being the only African-American advisor to President Donald Trump,” she said.

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Manigault Newman claims she resigned from her position at the White House and the Trump administration on Jan. 20. However, a day after Manigault Newman appeared on CBB, the White House revealed she had been fired.

“Omarosa was fired three times on the ‘Apprentice’ and this was the fourth time we let her go,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said earlier this month during a press briefing. “She had limited contact with the president while here. She has no contact now.”

Despite the statement, Manigault Newman still maintains it was her decision to leave.

“I love the dramatic. The way they described this the White House sounds more reality TV-ish,” Manigault Newman said. “It was less sexy than that. I committed to a year with this administration. We started January 20 of last year and this would’ve been one year. It’s simple as that.”

Adding, “I committed to doing one year. I think one year in the Trump White House is more than enough for me.”