That Time Omarosa Starred in the Trump-Produced Dating Show ‘The Ultimate Merger’ (Video)

The “winner” was still legally married, so the former “Apprentice” contestant ended up picking nobody

We all know that former Donald Trump adviser-turned-enemy Omarosa Manigault Newman starred on the president’s NBC reality show “The Apprentice” (three times!). But did you forget that she also had her own dating show produced by Trump?

In 2010, Manigault Newman starred in the reality dating show. And if you didn’t know it was produced by Trump, you weren’t reading the title: “Donald Trump Presents: The Ultimate Merger.” The show was something of a cross between “The Bachelorette” and “The Apprentice,” with Trump himself picking the 12 suitors, who stayed at (guess where) a Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.

“The Ultimate Merger” also featured a spiritual adviser, Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, who was pastor of the Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Baltimore.

The first season ended with the last man standing, R&B singer Ray Lavender, revealing that he was “legally separated” from his wife, but not officially divorced yet. That meant Manigault Newman ended up picking nobody, which made sense, since soon after she started dating the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan.

The show had a second season in 2011 that starred former “America’s Next Top Model” and “Celebrity Fit Club” contestant Toccara Jones. In total, it ran for 16 episodes.

You can watch the video for the trailer above.

Nowadays, Manigault Newman has been making the rounds for her media blitz to promote her upcoming book, “Unhinged,” about her time in the Trump White House. She said she had a secret recording she took of a conversation between her and Trump shortly after she was fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly.

The Trump campaign has retained attorney Charles Harder, who represented Hulk Hogan in his case against Gawker and Melania Trump in her case against the Daily Mail, to represent the campaign in its arbitration against Omarosa Manigault Newman, an individual familiar with the hire told TheWrap.  The campaign maintains that Manigault Newman breached a 2016 confidentiality agreement with the campaign.

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