Posted: February 11, 2018
By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Reality TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former aide to President Donald Trump, returned to the set of "Celebrity Big Brother" on Saturday after she suffered an asthma attack Friday night, CBS News reported.
The network said Newman temporarily left the house and "received medical treatment" for the attack, which "will be addressed during Sunday's episode." The show airs at 8 p.m. on CBS.
"The show has procedures in place to deal with this type of short-term medical treatment," CBS News reported. "Producers also made sure there was supervision to ensure there was no access to information that would provide an unfair advantage when returning to the competition."
Rumors began circulating about Newman's health Friday after a livestream captured contestant Marissa Jaret Winokur telling castmate Ross Mathews that "Omarosa had everything to lose," adding, "I mean, I put her in the hospital."
CNN host Don Lemon was unable to keep a straight face during a panel discussion Thursday night with Symone Sanders and Scott Jennings. In fact, he fell into uncontrollable gales of laughter, needing a handkerchief to dry his watering eyes.
Lemon tried to bring up the topic of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who recently debuted on “Celebrity Big Brother,” but Sanders wasn’t having any part of that discussion.
“Don, it’s Black History Month. We gotta talk about Omarosa?” Sanders asked.
That did it. Lemon broke out into a laughing fit, as Sanders rolled her eyes and continued.
“It’s Black History Month, OK? Carter G. Woodson did not go to the mat to get Negro History Week that eventually turned into Black History Month for us to talk about Omarosa and her apology tour and her attempt to salvage her reputation on a reality television show,” Sanders said. “Not during Black History Month, Don.”
Watch the exchange here:
Former Trump White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman continues to comment on the Donald Trump presidency while in the “Celebrity Big Brother” house.
She previously made headlines for saying the country wasn’t going to be OK after talking about her time in the White House with contestant Ross Matthews.
CBS News reported that Manigault Newman said she would never vote for Trump again in the Thursday episode of the reality TV show.
Speaking with fellow celebrity contestant Keshia Knight Pulliam, Manigault Newman compared her relationship with Trump to Pulliam’s relationship with Bill Cosby. Pulliam starred as the youngest Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” from ages 5-13.
Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women. The accusations span decades.
Pulliam asked Manigault Newman about what she said was hate spurred by the campaign.
“When you’re in the middle of a hurricane, it’s hard to see the destruction on the outer bands,” Manigault Newman said.
“Since you’re asking me, you stood strong by somebody who you have known and have been loyal to and have known for a long time and who has supported you, and people judged you for that,” Manigault Newman told Pulliam, according to Us Weekly. “But only you know the inner workings of your relationship with Mr. Cosby. That’s the same thing with me and Mr. Trump.”
Pulliam pushed back on Manigault Newman’s remarks.
“It’s comparing apples to oranges,” she said. “It’s a different situation because this man (Trump) is running the country and being the voice of a whole country of people.”
The reality star turned White House official turned reality star said on the show that she would not vote for Trump again “in a million years, never.”
“If we become friends, you’ll see how loyal I am, like maybe to a fault,” Newman told Pulliam.
“It’s just been so incredibly hard to shoulder what I shouldered for those two years because I was so loyal to a person,” she said. “And I didn't realize that by being loyal to him, it was going mean I was going to lose 100 other friends.”
Later in the show, when speaking to Matthews, Manigault Newman said that working in the White House was “100 percent” worse than being on reality TV.
“I made choices, I just have to live with them,” she said.
Omarosa Manigault Newman shared some of her experience in the Trump White House while on “Celebrity Big Brother.”
Manigault Newman is part of the cast on the CBS reality TV show, which places 11 celebrities in a house filled with cameras for two and a half weeks, watching them compete for a $250,000 grand prize.
CBS reported that the former White House aide confided in TV personality Ross Matthews about why she joined the White House staff and what she thinks about the status of the country under President Trump. For Newman Manigault, it was a sense of patriotic duty, not serving Trump.
“I felt like it was a call of duty, I felt like I was serving my country, not serving him,” Manigault Newman said. “Like, I was haunted by tweets every single day, like, ‘What is he gonna tweet next?’”
“All of the people around him attacked me,” she said. “It was like, ‘Keep her away, don’t give her access, don’t let her talk to him.’ It’s like, Ivanka's there, Jared’s there...”
The former “Apprentice” contestant said she tried to prevent Trump from tweeting, but was stopped by others on staff.
“I’d like to say, ‘It’s not my circus, not my monkeys,” Manigault Newman said. “I'’d like to say, ‘Not my problem,’ but I can't say that because it’s bad.”
When Matthews asked for reassurance that things would work out, Manigault Newman couldn’t provide it.
“It’s going to not be OK,” Newman said. “It's not. It’s so bad.”
Manigault Newman left the White House in January after announcing she was leaving her role in December.
In addition to Matthews, Manigault Newman is joined by celebrities Metta World Peace, Brandi Glanville, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Shannon Elizabeth, Mark McGrath, James Maslow, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Ariadna Gutierrez and Chuck Liddell.
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