Omarosa is the “well-known bachelorette” who will star in Donald Trump’s Ultimate Merger

The “well-known bachelorette” starring in Donald Trump’s new reality series is Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who will apparently take time out of her seminary studies to be the bachelorette on a dating show.

That was revealed in a casting notice posted on Craigstlist more than two weeks ago, which not only gave away her identity but said the show was called Omarosa’s Ultimate Merger. It said, “We are currently conducting a nationwide search for successful, eligible bachelors who think they have what it takes to win the heart of TV personality Omarosa and gain the approval of Donald Trump!”

A second casting notice kept her identity secret and changed the show’s name–perhaps because they couldn’t find anyone willing to date Omarosa on TV, or just realized that using her name might not be the best marketing strategy?

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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, 36, 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.