While Don Lemon’s on-air antics are usually fodder for ridicule, the CNN host’s reaction Thursday to a segment on Omarosa Manigault-Newman is simply must-see television.
Lemon struggled to keep it together on “CNN Tonight” as he tried to discuss the former White House aide’s recent comments slamming the White House and Trump administration on “Celebrity Big Brother.”
“Don, it’s Black History Month. We gotta talk about Omarosa?” CNN political commentator Symone Sanders asked as Lemon began, quickly breaking into a fit of laughter.
Manigualt Newman resigned from her position in December and is now appearing in the reality show competition where she compared the backstabbing by fellow contestants to that by her former colleagues at the White House.
“Carter G. Woodson did not go to the mat to get Negro History Week that eventually turned into Black History Month for us to talk about Omarosa on her apology tour and her attempt to salvage her reputation on a reality television show,” Sanders continued. “Not during black history month, Don.”
But Lemon was too far gone by now, snorting in laughter that could be clearly heard over his guest’s remarks, even as the camera panned away from him.
“All right, sorry, the guys in the studio are going to kill me,” he said, trying to regain his composure as he wiped away tears of laughter.
Though CNN’s Chris Cillizza and Nia-Malika Henderson did not enjoy a chortle-fest like Lemon, they agreed that the former “Apprentice” star and Trump supporter was only looking for attention.
“You can hate her but, man, can she get headlines,” Cillizza said Thursday on “CNN Newsroom.”
In the latest “Celebrity Big Brother” episode, Manigualt Newman said she was “haunted” by Trump’s tweets and his presidency did not bode well for the country.
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“I was haunted by tweets every day,” she said. “Like, what is he going to tweet next?”
She also revealed that she would “never” again vote for the man she has known since she made her reality show debut on the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” in 2004,, cementing a friendship with Trump that carried her from his presidential campaign trail to the White House
“God no. Never. Not in a million years, never,” Manigault Newman said.
The White House shot back at her remarks during Thursday’s press briefing.
“Omarosa was fired three times on ‘The Apprentice,’ and this was the fourth time we let her go,” deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.
“She had limited contact with the president while here. She has no contact now,” he added.
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