White House Responds to Omarosa’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Comments: She ‘Was Fired Three Times’ on ‘The Apprentice’

“She had limited contact with the president while here. She has no contact now,” says deputy press secretary Raj Shah

Last Updated: February 8, 2018 @ 3:41 PM

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah wasn’t having any of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault’s recent shade on “Celebrity Big Brother.”

When asked about the former West Wing staffer, Shah dismissed her as an unimportant person in President Trump’s orbit, working in a snide allusion to her former days on “The Apprentice.”

“Omarosa was fired three times on ‘The Apprentice’ and this is the fourth time we let her go,” said Shah to a smattering of laughter. “She had limited contact with the president while here. She has no contact now.”

Omarosa warned after leaving the White House that she would be dishing the dirt — eventually. That seemingly began to come out on her latest move, as a reality show contestant on “Celebrity Big Brother.” In one moment while talking to former Jay Leno intern Ross Mathews, she opened up about the struggles she faced in Washington.

“I was haunted by tweets every single day,” Omarosa told Mathews in hushed, emotional tones. “It’s not my circus, it’s not my monkeys, I’d like to say not my problem but I can’t say that because it’s bad.”

Omarosa was criticized by many during her time in the White House as a do-nothing, overpaid aide who exerted a strongly negative influence on President Trump. Her access to him was sharply curtailed after Gen. John Kelly was installed as Chief of Staff and she was reportedly barred from visiting him in the Oval Office.