Big Brother: Celebrity Edition starts on Wednesday night, and one of the big names people are already talking about on the guest list is Omarosa Manigault.
The full cast list includes a lot of big names: Manigault, Mark McGrath, Shannon Elizabeth, Metta World Peace, Brandi Glanville, James Maslow, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Ariadna Gutierrez, Chuck Liddell, and Ross Mathews.
But executive producer Allison Grodner told EW that none of the celebrities knew who else would be on the show.
Asked about the cast reaction to Omarosa, Grodner said, “There is no doubt she was polarizing, judging by the reaction to her walking in. Remember we sequestered everyone so they had no idea of the cast. They did not know until they stood on that stage. Certainly the biggest reaction was to Omarosa. But I will tell you this…she’s smart. And she knows her reputation going into this house. She also happens to be a Big Brother superfan. And she is playing to win. It will be surprising to people.”
It’s definitely obvious that Omarosa’s presence is already setting off drama, if Mathews’ reaction is anything to go by.
“Walking through that front door is Omarosa!” Mathews said. “When people asked me who you don’t want to see in the house? My answer was Omarosa.”
“I can’t do toxicity and negativity,” he continued, clearly upset by the casting.
Over the next two weeks, the Big Brother show will air episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with a few specials on Thursdays and Saturdays thrown in there. With a finale scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25, the next 13 episodes are sure to provide plenty of drama.
Omarosa joined the cast after a stormy exit from the White House in which she reportedly had to be escorted out by security. Hopefully, her stay at the Big Brother House won’t be quite that dramatic.
But considering this is Omarosa we’re talking about, we’ll just have to see how it goes.