Piers Morgan: Omarosa proposed a 'Celebrity Apprentice' showmance
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/22/2008
As a former British tabloid editor, Piers Morgan presumably knows a thing or two about selling steamy celebrity romances for big bucks.
However the America's Got Talent judge apparently had no interest in cashing in via a fake "showmance" with fellow The Celebrity Apprentice candidate Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth.
"Quite early on, before the first challenge, Omarosa sidled up to me and said, in all seriousness, 'Do you want to have a showmance?'" Morgan told the New York Post in a Sunday report. "And I said, 'What is a showmance?' And she said, 'You know, a romance on the show. And then we can make lots of money out of it.' And I just looked at her and I thought, 'What a pathetic creature.' And I said to her, 'You really are a deluded woman.'"
Not surprisingly, Manigault-Stallworth disagrees with the accuracy of Morgan's story.
"The conversation did not go that way," she told the Post, instead claiming he tried to take advantage of her status as a former The Apprentice first-season candidate and reality show retread.
"Piers started, early on, trying to jockey for position and trying to figure out how he could extend himself on the show," she continued. "He started picking my brain about past seasons of The Apprentice and he asked me about [first-season contestants Amy Henry and Nick Warnock], about their relationship, and didn't I think that if they had stayed together, they could've done great things?"
"He said, 'I would do damn near anything to go to the end of this show.' And he said, 'Think about it: The two of us together would make a fierce team.' And I was looking at him, and his disgusting rotten yellow teeth, and I just couldn't believe it. I was completely disgusted by the idea."
With the idea for a "showmance" by the wayside, Manigault-Stallworth and Morgan apparently instead opted to be enemies on the show. During The Celebrity Apprentice'ssecond episode broadcast, Morgan described Manigault-Stallworth as a "gobby, self-confident creature," and she replied by calling him an "alcoholic."
"Look," Morgan told the Post, "Donald Trump cast her in this show because he knows people will wonder whether she can cast her evil spell over celebrities. If the only thing I achieve in life is beating Omarosa and exposing her for what she is -- and I'm not saying that's what happens [on the show] -- but I am saying: Watch this space."