Manigault-Newman – widely known only as Omarosa – is returning to reality television following her abrupt departure from the White House in late December, joining the cast of Celebrity Big Brother which premieres February 7.

The former White House staffer gained widespread recognition for her notorious villainess role as a contestant on The Apprentice. Donald Trump “fired” Omarosa on The Apprentice more than a decade ago, and some reports suggest she was fired from her post as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. Omarosa also served as director of African-American outreach for Trump's presidential campaign.

She once notably told Trump critics they would have to “bow down” to Trump, but in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Omarosa claimed she observed things that made her “uncomfortable” as the “only African-American woman” in a senior staff position at the White House.

Now Omarosa trades the White House for the Big Brother house, joining cast mates like The Cosby Show's Keshia Knight Pulliam, former NBA star Metta World Peace and American Pie's Shannon Elizabeth, to name a few.

Big Brother
announced the new cast for its celebrity edition of the series on Twitter on Sunday.  

You've been asking, guessing and waiting. NOW… Meet your Celebrity Big Brother Houseguests! #BBCeleb

The Celebrity Big Brother house will have 87 HD cameras and 100 microphones recording the cast 24 hours a day, CBS reported. Like the original series, each week someone will be voted out the house with the last remaining contestant receiving a grand prize. 

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