Published July 23, 2008
LOS ANGELES – Omarosa is not sorry for sparring with Wendy Williams.
"I stand by everything I said," Omarosa told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The reality star — whose full name is Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth — appeared Monday on "The Wendy Williams Show" to promote her upcoming book but instead spent more time trading insults with radio personality-turned-talk show host Wendy Williams, who infamously engaged Whitney Houston during an interview on her radio show in 2003.
"When you're not honest with the American people, they do not respond well to you," said Omarosa, who became famous after appearing on the first season of NBC's "The Apprentice." "She should just go ask Star Jones about that. Honesty needs to be there. She's a phony. As long as she continues to be a fake and a phony, she won't be successful."
Omarosa told the AP that the show's promos and introductions for her appearance are what originally ruffled her feathers and prompted her to tell Williams that she would not be disrespected. Things got uglier when Williams grabbed Omarosa's book cover to hold it up to the camera, and Omarosa yanked it back out of Williams' hand.
"She snatched it out of my hand," Omarosa told the AP. "She didn't say, 'Can I see it?"'
The tussle gave way to Omarosa attacking Williams' appearance, asking her whether she had had a nose job and suggesting she shouldn't wear wigs. During the heated exchange, Williams called Omarosa a "typical angry black woman" and advised Omarosa that cosmetic injections could fix her wrinkles.
Following Omarosa's appearance, Williams told the AP she thought the unprovoked aggression was a publicity stunt and called Omarosa "a delusional, D-list, pathetic woman." Williams also said that Omarosa would not be invited back on "The Wendy Williams Show," which airs on Fox-owned stations in Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas and New York.
Omarosa was a contestant on the first season of "The Apprentice" starring Donald Trump in 2004. Her domineering personality quickly earned her enemies among fellow contestants and TV viewers. She later appeared on VH1's "The Surreal Life" and "The Celebrity Apprentice."