Robin Roberts disses Omarosa after interview: 'Bye Felicia'
UPDATE: Omarosa has a response to this. Inside Edition reports that they asked Manigault for a comment on that “Bye Felicia” dismissal, and she replied: “That was petty. It’s a black woman civil war.”
Which is an interesting reply as earlier on ABC’s The View co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg said something vaguely similar about Manigault as they celebrated her exit on Thursday.
“Truth be told, she’s really a pariah in the African American community,” Hostin said. “She’s always been the villain and her [job] was almost a slap in the face to the African American community.”
Goldberg took to addressing Manigault Newman directly for what she saw as attacks toward women of color. “You said some stuff here, about here, that wasn’t very nice, but that happens,” Goldberg began. “And you mentioned that we would all be bowing down … and so I hope you find something to do, O. I do, I do. And I hope you find your people because maybe they’re looking for you.”
Goldberg then turned her attention to her co-hosts and audience: “She’s just been so nasty to so many women, and so many women of color.”
EARLIER: Can a morning show co-anchor say something that’s not very professional yet at the same time is rather appropriate and hilarious?
That’s the line that ABC’s Robin Roberts deftly walked with a straight face on Thursday morning (video below) after departing White House senior staffer Omarosa Manigault gave Good Morning America a somewhat frustrating exclusive interview about her exit.
The former Apprentice contestant teased to having seen rather disturbing things while working with President Trump that the world needs to know about … and yet didn’t want to actually reveal anything specific at this time (presumably, because she’s looking to sell her story as a book or other venture).
There “were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with,” Manigault told co-anchor Michael Strahan. “But when I have my story to tell 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 and when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”
After reporting on the segment, Roberts said: “She said she has a story to tell and I’m sure she’ll be selling that story. She will. Bye Felicia.”
White House sources told ABC News that Manigault was fired and escorted off the White House grounds. Manigault denied Thursday that she was escorted off the premises by the U.S. Secret Service.
(And, of course, “Bye Felicia” is dismissive slang for when somebody is leaving but you couldn’t care less who they are or that they’re departing.)