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Omarosa gets evicted from the ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ house

Seth Wenig | AP
Seth Wenig | AP
Omarosa Manigault smiles at reporters as she walks through the lobby of Trump Tower in New York in 2016. Manigault Newman is a cast member on "Celebrity Big Brother," premiering Thursday on CBS.
By Helena Andrews-Dyer, Washington Post

She compared the White House to a plantation, said the president tweets in his underwear and that the situation inside 1600 Penn was bad, like “so bad.” But none of those True White House Confessions helped “reality show legend” Omarosa Manigault Newman win “Celebrity Big Brother.”

It has been a headline-making ride for the reality star turned White House staffer, who on Sunday night was evicted from the “Celebrity Big Brother” house during the two-hour finale. And in true Omarosa fashion, there was plenty of melodrama in her final moments.

With her potential eviction looming, she had one last chance to plead her case in front of the four other remaining houseguests. The speech that followed was equal parts stump and sermon.

“We are facing a pivotal moment in this country, but we cannot allow hatred, division and bigotry to tear us down,” Omarosa said. “We are one nation under God, and with the power of the vote, the ballot and bringing our diversity to allow us to unite, we can change this country to be together, united under God.”

After that impassioned entreaty, Omarosa’s fellow competitors unanimously voted her out.

For the past 2½ weeks, the most pressing question at the beginning of each episode has been, “What’s she gonna say next?” as the former Trump insider spent most of her camera time revealing juicy tidbits about the inner workings of the West Wing. Omarosa began the season with a bang, diving immediately into her 11-month stint as a White House communications director.

With tears in her eyes, she told houseguest Ross Mathews that she was “haunted” by President Donald tweets “every single day.” When asked for reassurance about the state of the Trump White House, Omarosa responded bluntly: “It’s gonna not be okay. It’s not. It’s so bad.” She also said she wouldn’t vote for Trump again “in a million years.”

The vice president also drew Omarosa’s ire.

“We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president,” she said, adding that Vice President Pence was “extreme.” “I’m Christian. I love Jesus. But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”

Nothing about her time in the Trump White House was off limits, and as her days inside the “Big Brother” house wore on, Omarosa’s tongue loosened up more and more. When contestant Brandi Glanville of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” “fame” asked the former “Apprentice” star whether she’d ever slept with her former boss, Omarosa was scandalized – at first.

“Hell no! Of course not. Brandi, that’s horrible,” Omarosa said, but of course she didn’t leave it there. “There’s somebody in the White House that’s sleeping around with everybody, but she is not me. … I’ve never had to do that.”

When Glanville doubled down, explaining that Trump “seemed to like” Omarosa “so much,” the former “Apprentice” villain had a quick comeback: “I’m just ratings gold.”

During her exit interview with “Big Brother” host Julie Chen, Omarosa said the show gave her the opportunity to “let her hair down” and “really be authentic.” She added that she wanted to “let people know who the true Omarosa is.”

After spending most of her time on the show blasting the Trump White House (so much so that she earned an official burn from the press briefing room), Omarosa had one last message of hope, telling Chen that the United States would survive if “we make a pivot as a nation.”

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