Omarosa Manigault brought every bit of her strong personality to “Bethenny” recently and the two reality stars clearly rubbed each other the wrong way.
Although she said she wasn’t speaking about Bethenny specifically, Omarosa argued that she has to work harder than her White counterparts to remain relevant and suggested that they aren’t always as qualified.
“It’s different for you and I. I’m 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,” said Omarosa who was met with boos from the studio audience.
“I wasn’t calling her mediocre ’cause clearly she’s doing well,” Omarosa clarified. “I’m here on your show, and I think that’s fantastic.”
Both women gained notoriety as reality TV personalities. Omarosa first starred on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.” Years later, Bethenny became a cast member on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York.”
Fast forward to today and Bethenny has her own daytime talk show and Omarosa hinted that race might be one of the reasons.
“You’re not walking in your own truth,” she told Bethenny. “The moment you accept your real truth, everything is going to open up for you…but it cannot happen until you accept your own truth.”
Though she doesn’t have her own talk show, Omarosa spoke about her successful brand as a strong, smart woman.
“You don’t stay a decade on television, in reality TV, without being smart and creating a brand that people want to see. If the audience didn’t want to see Omarosa they would never book me again, which is why you booked me to be on your show today. There’s a brand there. There’s something of value. There’s a commodity,” she said.
Bethenny didn’t take the comments lightly and challenged Omarosa about her brand.
“I don’t think that you have a brand. I think that you are infamous,” she argued. “I don’t think that you have a brand.”
Despite their disagreement, Omarosa seemingly tried to get things back on track in hopes the women could “turn this thing around,” but Bethenny wasn’t trying to hear that.
“I enjoyed the sermon. Church is now out of session,” she said abruptly ending the conversation.
Watch the ladies’ exchange below.