Grab some ice cubes cuz this tea is HAWT.
Given the, um…let’s go with “evolutions” they’ve undergone in recent years, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, our President was a mostly innocuous reality-TV P.T. Barnum and Omarosa Manigault-Newman was his feisty, take-no-prisoners onscreen protégée. And like shockingly low-rise jeans and Keven Federline, for a hot 2000s minute Omarosa was everywhere, an unstoppable, unavoidable, inescapable part of the zeitgeist.
Seems a bit of that past is coming back around to pay Manigault-Newman a vist.
As Inside Edition reported yesterday, back in the halcyon days of 2010 when the news wasn’t an actual horror movie and Twitter was just mostly links to cat videos, the President executive produced a reality show called The Ultimate Merger, the true story of 12 strangers picked to live in the Trump International Hotel, to find out what happens when they stop being polite and start trying to be Omarosa’s husband.
The concept was a Bachelor-style elimination show, with the last man standing becoming Omarosa’s fiancé. But perhaps unsurprisingly, according to a former contestant now spilling the proverbial tea, the entire thing was a sham.
The contestant, Eddy Puyol, told Inside Edition that he asked the production team, “So wait a minute, if I win am I really going … to marry her?” To which they responded, “No man, it’s just for TV.” As, of course, most reality shows are.
But this one was more than your average embellished truth. The season ended—anticlimactically, it would seem—with Omarosa choosing no one. Why? Because the winner was only legally separated from his wife, but not yet divorced.
Not that it mattered—Omarosa herself was already in a committed relationship at the time with actor Michael Clarke Duncan.
Duncan passed away in 2012, and Omarosa has since married John Allen Newman.
As for the show, it seems it’s not all that fondly remembered:
Or much remembered at all, really:
But some took the news as an opportunity to state that they’re firmly Team Omarosa:
While others used it to take shots at the President:
Or both of them!
As for the Omarosa of the present, to Puyol’s eyes, it seems his would-be fiancée’s more recent exploits feel a bit like the same old tricks: “[it] feels too much like reality TV.” And he isn’t so sure she’s doing herself any favors. “I’m a big believer that you don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you,” he said.
That’s one way to look at it!