Omarosa Manigault says Piers Morgan is a “mean, nasty person” and LaToya Jackson is the “craziest” person on the upcoming season of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.”
Coming from the infamous super-villain of the original “Apprentice,” that’s saying a lot.
I had a chance to chat with Omarosa Sunday in Pasadena at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, where NBC presented the All-Star cast and touted the new season as being “crazy-good again.”
The reality star said she decided to return for a third go on “The Apprentice” to play in honor of her late boyfriend, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died suddenly of a heart attack last year.
Omarosa had been grieving for Michael for nine weeks when friends advised her to get back to work. “I lost the love of my life,” Omarosa said, whose competing for the Sue Clark Duncan Children’s Charity, “but I needed to get out of the house and do something.”
The crazy antics of the cast helped get her mind off things, that’s for sure.
“Hands-down LaToya Jackson is the craziest person of the entire season,” Omarosa told me. “Everyone thinks it’s Gary Busey or Dennis Rodma or me. No, no… it’s LaToya.”
When we started filming, LaToya said to me, in all seriousness, “Has your Michael come to you yet?”
“I was like, WHAT?! Has YOUR Michael come to you???” Omarosa shot back to Michael Jackson’s sister. “I couldn’t believe it. She’s crazy!”
“I would rather be stuck in a car with Gary and Dennis for 12 hours than be with LaToya,” she added.
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While Jackson takes the crazy cake, Omarosa reveals Dennis Rodman also needed some gentle handling. “I was like the Dennis whisperer,” Omarosa says of repeatedly having to keep her teammate calm. “I was stuck with him for three episodes.”
“Apprentice” fans will be glad to know Gary Busey is still in crazy-fun form, telling reporters, “The reason I did the show is because I didn’t have anything else to do.”
But it was Piers Morgan who really tormented Omarosa, and he wasn’t even one of the contestants, he’s an advisor to Donald Trump this year.
Apparently, old feuds die hard.
“(Morgan) said he came back this season solely to torture me, and that’s what he did, episode after episode,” Omarosa told reporters Sunday. “Piers is a mean, nasty person. He was so nasty. I’m not exaggerating.”
“Omarosa and Piers Morgan, they don’t like each other. Still,” castmate Lil John confirmed.
Omarosa did have a strong ally though, and that’s actress Marilu Henner (“Taxi”). “She’s the MVP this season,” Omarosa says. “Her memory is amazing and was very useful during some of the challenges!”
The first “All-Star” edition of “Celebrity Apprentice” brings back 14 celebrity contestants who will have the chance to win a $250,000 bonus check for their charity, in addition to funds raised during the business-oriented tasks. This All-Star season raised over $3 million dollars, topping last season’s “Celeb Apprentice” haul of $2 million that went to the contestants’ charities.
The “All-Star” competitors are: Trace Adkins, Penn Jillette, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Lil John, Dennis Rodman, Dee Snider, Bret Michaels, Marilu Henner, Omarosa Manigault, Lisa Rinna, La Toya Jackson, Claudia Jordan and Brande Roderick.
The Donald’s celebrity advisors this season include: Piers Morgan, winner of the first season of “Celebrity Apprentice”; Joan Rivers, winner of Season 2; John Rich winner Season 4; and Arsenio Hall, winner of Season 5. They appear in addition to Trump’s advisor-offspring, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump.
“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” premieres Sunday, March 3 on NBC.