The Celebrity Apprentice competitor Omarosa only has two words to say about the heated on-air feud between her and Piers Morgan. Okay, maybe three. “That Simon wannabe,” she laughs. Omarosa, who got the heave-ho from Donald Trump after losing the art sale fundraising challenge last week, filled me in on what really started the war of the roses between her and her not-so-gentlemanly English competitor.
What really went down between you and Piers?
Piers told me he studied my DVDs from the first show, and the one character he related to the most and wanted to be like was me. So when he started coming at me from day one, I knew what was happening. For the most part, till episode six, I was pretty good about it, but his energy just turned really nasty, and I had to check him. I had to give a taste of Lady O, full-blown.
Is that the episode where you brought up his family?
I didn’t bring up his family. I brought up the fact that he was a terrible father. I don’t know the kids, but I know him, so that was just deductive reason. People have short memories. They forget when Piers was destroying Vinny Pastore to the point he was about to have a heart attack, and when Stephen Baldwin was pleading to leave the show because of him. Before me, he had his eyes set on torturing other cast members. When he brings his evil on you, you either crumble under the pressure, or you get tough. And I got tough.
Is the Omarosa we see on screen just a character you play?
When I wake up in the morning, I’m cool and mellow. If someone wants to push my bitch switch, that’s what they get. When I get into the boardroom, I’m extremely competitive. There’s no one in the boardroom better than me because I’m the baddest chic in there. Every one is multi-faceted, but America only gets to see my competitive side on TV. They don’t get to see me with my family or my clumsy, goofy side when I’m tripping over myself.
What charity were you playing for?
I was playing for a charity in Compton, Calif., called Positive Vibrations at the Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum. It’s a safe haven for kids, to get out of gangs or stay out of them. It’s a tough environment in South Central, so I serve as a mentor there. They are the greatest kids, and I’m the luckiest one because when I was on the show, they wrote me letters and called and sent me pretty pictures in support.
Will you get a chance to raise money for them in the future?
The great thing about losing on TV is that people feel so bad, they have reached out. The money is pouring in, and I’m just really glad they’ve had the exposure, which is half the battle. We’re doing a huge fundraiser on Saturday. People can get more information at my Web site, Omarosa.com, or Tamuseum.org.
Would you ever consider doing another reality show, Dancing With the Stars?
Please! Do you know somebody, can you book me? I actually went to one of their tapings and got to meet all the people. I would love to do that!
Well, we already know Omarosa knows how to rhumba!
The Celebrity Apprentice airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.