*The new season of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” begins this Sunday, and it already appears that Omarosa Manigault is again in the middle of all the drama…just like old times.
“[Lil] Jon had to break up all of the fights between me and crazy-ass La Toya Jackson,” she told reporters during TCA interviews for the show in January. And it wasn’t just La Toya who got under her skin.
“I forgive Penn [Jillette] for everything he did to me on this season” she said, unwilling to give any more details.
Omarosa said she thought the cast of all-stars would operate under a rule called Leave It In The Boardroom, “which means you go in the boardroom, you fight for your life, you fight for your charity, and you’re supposed to leave it in the boardroom,” she said. “But…”
“I didn’t learn that,” cracked fellow cast member Lisa Rinna. “What rule was that?”
Omarosa answered, “I was about to say, I was coming out of one boardroom and Gary [Busey] got all up in Lisa’s face and was like, “Why did you say that about me?”
Like Rinna, Jillette was also unwilling to shut down his boardroom anger towards other cast members when the cameras weren’t rolling.
“What happens in your life is all real, so I’ve never even considered the idea of leaving it in the boardroom,” he said. “My judgments and my feelings about other people are molded by everything that happens, including the boardroom. And I don’t think there’s some sort of we’re acting special in there. We are not playing a role. We are in some sense supposed to be ourselves, and therefore, our responsibility and honesty to ourselves must remain true. It’s nonsense what stays in the boardroom.”
Lil Jon piped in, “I got an example. Omarosa/Piers Morgan, they don’t like each other still.”
Morgan, who engaged in some nasty exchanges with Omarosa en route to his victory in the first “Celebrity Apprentice,” returns along with past winners John Rich and Joan Rivers to serve as mentors for the 14 celebs competing to win money for their favorite charity.
“You know, he spent so much time this season, it’s almost like the Omarosa/Piers show,” said Omarosa. “He said he came back this season solely to torture me, and that’s all he did for episode after episode, and it’s authentic.”
Below, Omarosa contrasts her leadership style as project manager with Lil Jon and cast member Trace Adkins, the country star she says “changed the game with his project management this year.”
‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” premieres Sunday March 3 at 9/8c on NBC. Watch the trailer below.