Omarosa “enjoy[s] reality TV” because she can “control and create my character”

One of the cast members on The Apprentice 7 whose presence is helping to stretch the definition of “celebrity” is season one cast member Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. Having been known for her abrasive personality and confrontational style — among other things, she battled with Janice Dickinson on The Surreal Life — Omarosa says she’s acting, just like Paris Hilton.

“I enjoy reality TV. I have the luxury of going into a situation where I have an opportunity to control and create my character. I get to do what I want, wear what I want and look the way I want,” she tells the Toronto Sun. Omarosa talks about her participation as “a job,” saying, “We had a couple of meetings before the show aired and everyone was saying, ‘Oh, you’re so nice,’ she laughs. (Then I said) ‘I enjoyed getting to know you all, but as soon as the cameras come on I have a job to do.'” Later, she refers to her presence on the show as a “role,” as if she’s an actress: “I hear people say, ‘Oh, why do you keep doing those reality shows?’ And I say, ‘How many roles do you think there are for African-American women on American TV?'”

While her ego may not have deflated, Omarosa does promise a change. “I can truly tell you that there has been an evolution in all things Omarosa. And I had to change because all my 13 competitors have had an opportunity to watch me. I had to come up with a whole different game plan,” she said. Unfortunately, that game plan didn’t involve staying off television forever.

Oh, there’s a nice side to reality TV regular Omarosa — just not on Celebrity Apprentice [Toronto Sun]
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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 37, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.