Omarosa Manigault, a White House staffer who had previously been known for her role on Donald Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, has disputed reports that she was abruptly fired and “physically dragged” from the White House on Tuesday.
Speaking to Michael Strahan on ABC’s Good Morning America, Manigault said that she had resigned — in part because of things that she witnessed in the White House that “affected my community and people.” She denied being fired or escorted off the White House grounds, contradicting what White House sources had told ABC News. She characterized “all of these interesting tales” about her reportedly dramatic exit as “100 percent false.” In a statement, a White House official confirmed that Manigault had resigned, and the Secret Service denied reports that agents had physically removed her from the complex.
“[Chief of Staff] John Kelly and I had a very straightforward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I raised and, as a result, I resigned,” she told GMA, adding that there “were a lot of things that I observed during that last year that I was very unhappy with.”
Manigault also alluded to racial tensions in the White House, but explained that she couldn’t yet speak out about it since she is still serving.
“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,” she said.
A moment just after the interview wrapped up also went viral Thursday morning. Clips surfaced showing that GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts slipped in a “Bye Felicia” as she, Strahan and George Stephanopoulos recapped the interview. “She said she has a story to tell. And I’m sure she’ll be selling that story,” Roberts quipped. “Bye, Felicia.” The snarky phrase comes from the 1995 film Friday, which features a character named Felicia who is disliked by the movie’s main characters. As Bustle reports, long after the phrase was uttered by Ice Cube in the film, it became a popular internet meme. Omarosa fired back at Roberts later in the day, telling Inside Edition that the quip “was petty.”
Watch the clip of Roberts saying it below.
And watch Manigault’s full interview with GMA below.
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