*Michael Clarke Duncan’s body lies in an unmarked cemetery tomb more than a year after his death because of a feud going on between his family and former fiancee, Omarosa Manigault.
According to TMZ, at issue is a bronze plaque for Duncan’s vault at Forest Lawn Cemetery in L.A. As of now there’s no plaque at all. Although it has been paid for as part of the late actor’s funeral bill, it has yet to be ordered.
Sources close to Omarosa tell TMZ she had planned to order a plaque inscribed with Duncan’s name and his birth and death dates, but was blocked by his family because they wanted to handle it.
But friends of Duncan’s family tell TMZ the opposite is true. They claim Omarosa identified herself as his “wife” on the cemetery paperwork and promised to order the inscription, but never did.
And neither side wants to talk to the other to work it out.
One family friend tells TMZ the whole thing is “outrageous and shameful,” especially since Michael’s mother is 95 years old and in poor health, and would like her son to finally rest in peace.
*Michael Clarke Duncan‘s family is giving a collective side eye to Omarosa Manigault, wondering if she influenced her late fiancée to rewrite his will months before he died and leave nearly everything to her.
Judy Duncan, Michael’s sister, tells TMZ she’s hired a lawyer to investigate the circumstances surrounding the change to the actor’s will in April 2012, making Omarosa the main beneficiary. Judy believes Duncan was not of sound mind when he made the changes … because as early as December 2011, the actor was not himself, slurring words and stumbling around.
Judy says her suspicions about Omarosa intensified when Duncan was hospitalized following his heart attack. She says Omarosa was fixated on his money when he was on life support.
Omarosa has responded to the allegations, telling TMZ, “I don’t control the estate or the finances and Judy knows it. If you saw all of her emails and texts to me you would see that she is just trying to get money from me, and threatened going to press if I did not give it to her and that is a crime!”
Judy is also claiming that Omarosa has already sold a number of Duncan’s personal effects (watches, cars, his “Green Mile” director’s chair, awards, etc.) without the family’s knowledge.
According to TMZ, Judy received $100,000 in Duncan’s will.
*Omarosa is looking to take the fight with her “All Star Celebrity Apprentice” foe to the courtroom.
The longtime reality show villain is reportedly planning to sue La Toya Jackson for making “false, vicious and defamatory” comments about her regarding the death of her fiancé, Michael Clarke Duncan.
As previously reported, La Toya was fired on Sunday’s episode and made the comment about Duncan’s tragic heart attack and death.
“Omarosa’s fiance passed away not long ago. He had a heart attack, I’m sure she gave it to him,” she told the camera during one of the challenges. After she was fired by Donald Trump, she said: “Omarosa is the most evil person I have ever met. She’s a no good, conniving scheming, cut-throat, probably pulled the cord on Michael Duncan Clarke [sic].” [Scroll down to watch.]
Omarosa’s attorney told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive statement Monday: “La Toya Jackson’s statement on the March 17, 2013 episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, that the Reverend Omarosa Manigault caused her fiancé Michael Clarke Duncan to die, is false, vicious and defamatory.
“Rev. Manigault has been heralded as a life saver for her actions on the evening that her fiancé suffered a life-ending heart attack. It is because of her bravery that Mr. Duncan — the love of Rev. Manigault’s life — was able to live for months beyond that tragic night. Mr. Duncan passed away from natural causes.
“Ms. Jackson made the statement immediately after having been ‘fired’ off the show, and blames Rev. Manigault for her loss. It is repulsive and of the lowest level of class for Ms. Jackson, who showed herself to be a “sore loser” in making these disgusting statements in the wake of Rev. Manigault’s tragic loss.”
Omarosa’s attorney said that they are planning to take action after La Toya’s comments.
“As her counsel, we have been directed to pursue these defamatory statements to the fullest extent of the law with La Toya Jackson and any other participating publications or media outlets who repeat or repost these statements.”
Omarosa (L) and La Toya Jackson compete in a challenge on NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”
*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 and Dennis Rodman on NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”
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.”
ALL-STAR CELEBRITY APPRENTICE — Season: 13 — Pictured: (l-r) top row, Dee Snider, Dennis Rodman, Stephen Baldwin, Trace Adkins, Gary Busey, Penn Jillette; middle row, Omarosa Manigault, Claudia Jordan, La Toya Jackson, Marilu Henner, Brett Michaels; bottom row, Brande Roderick, Lil Jon, Lisa Rinna, Donald Trump — (Photo by: Adam Olszewski/NBC)
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.
Omarosa Manigault speaks onstage at the “All Star Celebrity Apprentice” breakfast session of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 3 at the Langham Hotel on January 6, 2013 in Pasadena
*Omarosa Manigault is getting back to life after the tragic, unexpected passing of long time love, Michael Clarke Duncan.
She’ll be back to reality on the new season of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” but fans will see a softer side of the stone cold businesswoman.
In an interview with ESSENCE.com, she chatted about her return to television, coping with the loss of her fiancée, and getting back to work as a reverend.
That’s right, she’s a woman of the cloth.
She admitted her hard exterior has softened a bit, mostly because of her new path.
“The difference is I wasn’t in the ministry the last time I appeared on season one and seven of ‘Apprentice.’ That doesn’t stop me from being competitive because I’ll always be that, and I’ll still have my edge. But it has made me more aware of what I was doing and how I was doing it. There’s still that sharp businesswoman, but maybe a little kinder.”
Don’t take her kindness for weakness, she warned. It’s still a competition and a fierce Rev. O will come out for a fight.
She’ll be competing for $250,000 to benefit the Sue Duncan Children’s Center in Chicago, an organization her late fiancée was a supporter of. (BTW, Michael Clarke Duncan was not related to Sue Duncan.)
Speaking of her late Mr. Duncan, Omarosa says to her it feels like he’s still here.
“I’m still in our home. Michael’s toothbrush is still in our bathroom; his jacket is still hanging on the hook. I live with the presence of Michael Clarke Duncan every day because everything is as he left it. I need time to decide to put away the toothbrush, or fold up the clothes that he threw over the back of the chair. But I haven’t done that and that’s my process of grieving. It’s unbelievable at times. I miss him every single day. It doesn’t get better, but you get better. So I’m working on getting better.”
You can see Omarosa “Reverend O” Manigault on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” this Sunday, March 3 at 9pm on NBC.
And you can check out the full interview at ESSENCE.com.
Michael Clarke Duncan in a scene from “In the Hive”
*Scenes from Michael Clarke Duncan’s final film were played at his funeral last fall at the request of his fiancée Omarosa Manigault.
The actor died in September at the age of 54, from complications of a heart attack he suffered at his California home in July. His funeral took place in California and was attended by famous friends including Tom Hanks, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, along with Duncan’s co-stars from director Robert Townsend’s film “In The Hive,” Duncan’s final film which was released in December.
It has now emerged that Townsend agreed to preview unreleased footage of the film during the service as a favor for Duncan’s partner, Omarosa. Townsend said she was moved by the movie’s story of a young boy sent to a “last chance” school for young offenders and especially one scene in which Duncan’s character offers up some sage advice.
Townsend tells the Chicago Sun-Times, “I’ll never forget the day we did a scene for ‘In the Hive’ where Michael has this boy in a corner and talks to him about choices. It was important for him to get that scene right. Michael even talked to me about growing up on the South Side of Chicago. He said, “Robert, these kids need help.”’
“She (Manigault) asked me to show that exact scene from this movie at the funeral. She said, ‘This is Michael’s last movie and I’m so proud of it.’ At the funeral, we showed the scene and Tom Hanks, Loretta Devine and Jay Leno were so moved. Everyone was moved. I was crying like a baby. When the film faded, everyone at Michael Clarke Duncan’s funeral stood to give him a standing ovation.”