Reality TV personality Omarosa Manigault riled up talk show host Bethenny Frankel when she attributed the former “Real Housewives of New York” star’s “mediocre” success to "white privilege." Apparently Omarosa doesn’t think a talk show, two successful reality shows and an alcoholic beverage empire are much to brag about.
Frankel didn’t back down before the notoriously confrontational Omarosa, and her fans would have expected nothing less. The audience continued to gasp as Omarosa bashed her. She said, “"It's different for you and I, I am an African-American woman. You get to walk around and be mediocre and you still get rewarded with things. We have to be exceptional to get anything in this business.”
Omarosa is a former political consultant for failed presidential candidate Al Gore, but she is best known for outlandish antics on reality television. She and Frankel have had an ongoing feud since 2010.
Probably realizing offending the host of the show wasn’t the best tactic, Omarosa tried to backpedal and added, "I wasn't calling her mediocre, clearly she's doing well. I am here on your show and I think that's fantastic.”
But Frankel wasn’t in the mood to be patronized after her guest had just dissed her and the “Skinnygirl” mogul came back with a dig of her own when she pointed out that Omarosa was “$10,000 richer."
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Omarosa wasn’t ready to give up either, though. She began to explain, in the third person, why she was successful. "I think it's important to understand you don't stay on for a decade in reality TV without being smart and creating a brand people want to see,” she said. “If the audience didn't want to see Omarosa they would never book me again, which is why you booked me on your show today.”
“There's a brand there, a commodity, something of value,” Omarosa added.
The reality star continued to ramble, which is when Frankel intervened and tried to get her guest to identify her brand. “I don't think you have a brand. What is your brand?” the host shot back.
Omarosa replied: “I am a strong businesswoman who celebrates being smart, and there is a brand in being smart.”
Frankel scoffed at her guest’s brand “being smart” and soon ended the interview. Check out the catty dialogue below: