La Toya Jackson and Omarosa had been going at each other all episode but it was Jackson who surely plumbed new depths, even for reality TV, when she blamed Omarosa for causing the death of her fiance, actor Michael Clarke Duncan last fall.
‘Omarosa’s fiance passed away not long ago. He had a heart attack – I’m sure she gave it to him,” La Toya said in a moment which surely must have had viewers’ jaws hitting the floor in sitting rooms all over the country.
Could Michael Jackson’s sister survive on the show after making such a nasty comment?
Sunday’s task was to perform a 5-minute soap opera sketch for Crystal Light. Stephen Baldwin and La Toya Jackson were the team leaders.
During rehearsals for the soap opera sketch, La Toya team member Omarosa had to leave after learning that a TV show was planning to release the 911 calls of Duncan falling ill. That kicked off LaToya, who branded her absence as an act of sabotage.
Omarosa was incensed at the lack of sensitivity by her team captain.
“I will take you down — I will take you down if you disrespect me –I am not your staff – get that straight. Next time, you fix your mouth!”
In the boardroom, Omarosa made clear she didn’t regret abandoning the task to defend the memory of her late fiancé.
“I will never, ever choose ‘Apprentice’ over Michael,” she said. “I will never make that decision. And if I have to, and take care of my honey, I will. I will never apologize for what I had to do — having to hear the last moments of his life played out on national TV — I will never apologize for that,”
But LaToya didn’t fix her mouth. Perhaps it was no surprise, then, when Stephen Baldwin’s team won.
Perhaps feeling a little guilty, LaToya then didn’t take Omarosa back into the boardroom to face being fired. Instead she chose Rodman and Brande Roderick instead. Oh wait, no, she didn’t feel guilty. She told Donald Trump that she didn’t bring back Omarosa because she felt the reality TV veteran would play the sympathy card in the wake of Duncan’s death. Trump thought it was really because she wanted to avoid further confrontation.
He showed little sympathy for either Omarosa or LaToyah, telling the latter,
“When it counted you brought the wrong people back to the boardroom — you stood up to her, except when it counted” and adding that he “probably would have fired Omarosa.”
So, in the end, ignoring the team captain’s choice, Trump fired LaToya Jackson, not because of what she said to or about Omarosa, but because |”you made a terrible choice when you didn’t bring back Omarosa, because I probably would have fired Omarosa.”
Well, that’s business – or maybe just the morals of reality TV for you. What do you think to LaToya’s firing, and the whole incident with Omarosa?