Colbert to Omarosa: “Oh, Really? You Were Haunted” by Trump’s Tweets?
Omarosa Manigault might have garnered some empathy from her housemates on Celebrity Big Brother, but her network neighbor Stephen Colbert appears to be pretty unmoved by the former Trump staffer’s story.
On Thursday, the reality series released a clip in which Omarosa confided in fellow contestantRoss Matthews about her time in the White House. “I was haunted by tweets every single day,” the reality star whispered through tears, adding, “It’s not my circus. It’s not my monkeys. You know, I’d like to say, not my problem, but I can’t say that because it’s bad. . . It’s gonna not be O.K.” Colbert’s response? “Oh, really?”
“You were haunted?” the comedian said. “Out here it’s been The Trumpityville Horror. Also, Omarosa, pro-tip: when you’re on a reality show, whispering doesn’t really work. Trump can still hear you.”
As for Omarosa’s statement that things are not going to be O.K., Colbert was similarly unmoved—since he and others have been expressing fears about just that for quite some time now. “I had an inkling things weren’t going to be O.K. when Trump hired Omarosa to work in the White House,” Colbert said. And on a lighter note, “That is some depressing stuff for advertisers to follow. ‘No, we’re not going to be O.K. Big Brother brought to you by. . . new FruitBurst Xanax! It’s like novocaine for your brain, yum ‘n’ numb!’“
The White House itself has also responded to Omarosa’s comments; deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters, “Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this was the fourth time we let her go. She had limited contact with the president while here. She has no contact now.”
And Colbert wasn’t the only one who had trouble taking Omarosa’s comments seriously. On Thursday, Anderson Cooper also lampooned her consistent whispering during a CNN panel full of people who seemed similarly amused by her dramatic delivery, while his network-mate Don Lemonhad trouble containing his own laughter.
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