When she crashed her way onto the reality scene during the inaugural season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice in 2004, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, was showered with hate from viewers and fellow contestants. On the program, Omarosa and other contestants were grouped in two “corporations” competing to be the most successful at the various projects assigned each week. But she could hardly get any work done given the amount of time she spent fighting.
Omarosa was booted off The Apprentice in Week 9, but that was only the beginning of her reality-TV career. Appearing on numerous talk shows and other programs like The Surreal Life, she became — to the benefit of her wallet — the villain everyone loved to watch. So it wasn’t such a surprise when, in 2007, Trump said “You’re hired” and brought Omarosa back for the first iteration of his new show, Celebrity Apprentice. Yes, even though she had been disgraced and accused of <a href='http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,628071,00.html’>inflating her résumé, she was now considered a celebrity.
Omarosa was fired from Celebrity Apprentice, too, but insists that her difficult character was mostly a fictional construct ginned up by The Apprentice‘s producers. And while she isn’t on a regular TV program at the moment, Omarosa is still on the reality circuit giving seminars to wannabe reality stars at events like this month’s Reality Rocks Expo in Los Angeles.