Late-Night Hosts Take Aim at Omarosa After White House Exit
"She was not fighting for black people in the White House," said 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah.
After former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman insisted she resigned from her White House post rather than being fired and escorted off the grounds — as indicated in several news reports — late-night hosts were quick to fire back.
During an appearance on Thursday's Good Morning America, Manigault Newman argued that she saw things in the office that affected her as an “African-American woman.”
“As the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people," Manigault Newman said, adding, "and when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah was unmoved by Manigault Newman’s emotional explanation. “When she says ‘her people,’ does she mean reality-show stars? Because she was not fighting for black people in the White House,” Noah said, arguing that she needed to “slow down.”
“Slow down, Omarosa Parks. Slow down,” Noah said. “You can’t roll hard with President Trump for a year, and then come back to the neighborhood like, ‘Hey, that was really weird, right?'”
Manigault Newman argued that despite news reports, she tendered her resignation to White House chief of staff General John Kelly in the situation room, something Late Night host Seth Meyers found rather fitting.
“Wow. The situation room. Though I have a feeling any room Omarosa goes into becomes a situation room,” Meyers joked. “Seriously, you know it’s bad when they have to fire you in the same place they killed Osama Bin Laden.”
Over on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert was quick to mock Manigault Newman’s questionable role in Trump's administration.
“Folks, this is huge! With Omarosa gone, who’s going to be in charge of …,” Colbert said, before shrugging his shoulders.
Reports also alleged that Manigault Newman attempted to gain entrance to the White House residence after being fired, which Colbert said was a “bad idea.” “I mean, you could get shot — or worse, see Trump in his bathrobe,” he joked. As to reports that the Secret Service had to escort her off the White House grounds, Colbert quipped that it was good practice for “when Robert Mueller finishes his investigation.”
Colbert also expressed slight disappointment that Trump didn't do the firing himself. “Firing Omarosa is literally the only job Donald Trump is qualified for,” Colbert said.
On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon dubbed Manigault Newman's firing as a “rerun” of The Apprentice: "Hey guys, do you remember that old episode of The Apprentice where Trump fired Omarosa and she flips out? Well, I guess they aired a rerun the other night at the White House."
Addressing her alleged dramatic exit, Fallon also joked about how he envisioned the moment played out. “A Secret Service agent stopped her, while another said, 'Eh, I want to see how this plays out. Get your phone, get your phone out!'"
"Omarosa’s trying to put a positive spin on things," Fallon continued. "She said her goal all along was to reach one year of working in the White House, which is funny, 'cause that's actually Trump's goal too."