- Lynn Hulsey Staff Writer
Former White House staffer and Central State University graduate Omarosa Manigault-Newman is joining the cast of CBS’ Big Brother.
The show airs on WHIO-TV Channel 7 starting Feb. 7.
Manigault-Newman is a Youngstown native and recently served as director of commuications for the White House Office of Public Liason. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication from CSU in 1996.
She left the White House last month and denies reports by news agencies that she was removed from the premises screaming and cursing.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Manigault-Newman resigned “to pursue other opportunities.”
Manigault-Newman appeared in a new promo for Big Brother that aired during The Grammys Sunday night.
Big Brother is not her first reality show appearance. She was a contestent on Trump’s first season of The Apprentice.
Omarosa fears Mueller wants to talk to her
Manigault-Newman may have taped confidential West Wing conversations and fears being caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, sources told the New York Daily News.
The former reality TV star’s official last day in the Trump administration was Jan. 20 — despite the abrupt announcement of her departure last month — and her next step seems to be lawyering up.
Manigault-Newman has met with Harvey Weinstein’s former attorney Lisa Bloom and former Bill Cosby lawyer Monique Pressley, among others.
It is not immediately clear why the former “Apprentice” star is seeking legal help, but those with knowledge of her unceremonious removal from the White House say she is “very concerned” that trouble is on the horizon.
The 43-year-old apparently believes she may become a fixture in Mueller’s investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia’s election meddling.
“Everyone knows Omarosa loves to record people and meetings using the voice notes app on her iPhone,” a source disclosed. “Don’t be surprised if she has secret audio files on everyone in that White House, past and present staffers included.”
A recent ban on personal cell phones in the West Wing, which followed the release of Michael Wolff’s explosive White House tell-all was related to Manigault-Newman’s track record of recording conversations, the source added.
But a White House insider balked at the idea of Manigault-Newman being privy to any inside information that could be relevant to Mueller’s probe — or of interest to anyone else for that matter.
Interest in a political memoir the exiled staffer has been “nonexistent,” according to the administration source. A recent report from Life & Style Weekly claimed Manigault-Newman could get upward of $10 million for a book deal.
The White House and Manigault-Newman did not respond to requests for comment.
The New York Daily News contributed to this report.