‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Showrunner Says Omarosa Is ‘Polarizing,’ ‘Playing to Win’

“She’s smart,” executive producer says of former Trump White House staffer

Omarosa Manigault was ousted from the White House in December and entered the Big Brother mansion on Jan. 31. Why? For one, “Celebrity Big Brother” executive producer Allison Grodner said “she was available.”

But it sounds like her presence is also going to make for some serious drama. Even more than the CBS reality series is used to seeing.

“I would say it’s surprising,” Grodner told Entertainment Weekly of the other guests’ reaction to the former member of the Trump administration living among them. “There is no┬ádoubt she was polarizing, judging by the reaction to her walking in. Remember we sequestered everyone so they had no idea of the cast. They did not know until they stood on that stage. Certainly the biggest reaction was to Omarosa. But I will tell you this… she’s smart. And she knows her reputation going into this house. She also happens to be a ‘Big Brother’ superfan. And she is playing to win. It will be surprising to people.”

“Celebrity Big Brother” premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and will conclude Feb. 25.