Omarosa joins Australia’s Big Brother VIP and ‘expected to clash with Caitlyn Jenner’

Reality TV veteran Omarosa Manigault Newman returns to the Big Brother franchise to join the cast of Australia’s Big Brother VIP, People Magazine reported on Thursday.

The 47-year-old former adviser to President Donald Trump is expected to clash with fellow Big Brother VIP competitor and current California governor’s candidate Caitlyn Jenner over LGBTQ issues, the outlet added.

Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed this week that model and actress Ellie Gonsalves will also join the cast of the Channel Seven reality show alongside Jenner, Thomas Markle Jr and Jessika Power.

She is back! Reality TV veteran Omarosa Manigault Newman returns to the Big Brother franchise to join the cast of Australia’s Big Brother VIP, People magazine reported Thursday (seen in 2019)

“Omarosa and Caitlyn are expected to compete, especially on LGBTQ+ issues,” a source told People.

“They are the two highest paid of the coming season,” she added.

The insider revealed that Omarosa earns $AUD 450,000 (approximately $333K in US dollars) and that Caitlyn is paid a little more, at $AUD 500,000 (approximately $370,000 in US dollars).

This will be Omarosa’s second stay on Big Brother. She competed in the first season of Celebrity Big Brother in 2018 after her short-lived career as a senior presidential adviser to Donald Trump.

“Omarosa and Caitlyn are expected to compete, especially on LGBTQ+ issues,” a source told People.

She came in fifth place on Celebrity Big Brother which was won that year by actress Marissa Jaret Winokur.

A mainstay of reality TV, Omarosa first became a household name during the first season of Donald Trump’s Apprentice in 2004, where her bushy boardroom personality caused a stir on the show.

Despite her success in confirming herself in the public zeitgeist, the businesswoman only made it to week nine before Trump “fired” her.

She competed on the first season of Celebrity Apprentice in 2008 and later collaborated with former President Trump on a dating match series in which men competed for her affections called The Ultimate Merger.

Big Brother: This will be Omarosa's second stay at Big Brother.  She took part in the first season of Celebrity Big Brother in 2018 after her short-lived career as a senior presidential adviser to Donald Trump

Big Brother: This will be Omarosa’s second stay at Big Brother. She took part in the first season of Celebrity Big Brother in 2018 after her short-lived career as a senior presidential adviser to Donald Trump

Omarosa joins Caitlyn Jenner, Thomas Markle Jr and Jessika Power for Australia’s Big Brother VIP at a newly built complex in Sydney.

Other rumored roommates include retired athlete Matt Shirvington, TV host James Tobin, comedian Josh Thomas and former Hi-5 star Charli Robinson.

In April, a network insider said the producers of Woman’s Day had their sights set on several big names, including Home and Away’s Lincoln Younes and radio star Ash Pollard.

Big Brother VIP is the second celebrity-themed Big Brother format to air in Australia, after a first season was created in 2002.

Cameras Rolling: Omarosa Joins Caitlyn Jenner, Thomas Markle Jr and Jessika Power for Australia's Big Brother VIP at Newly Built Sydney Complex

Cameras Rolling: Omarosa Joins Caitlyn Jenner, Thomas Markle Jr and Jessika Power for Australia’s Big Brother VIP at Newly Built Sydney Complex

The new set is currently under construction despite the Sydney construction ban, after the producers received special permission.

Castmate Caitlyn Jenner is being criticized for campaigning for California governor from her hotel quarantine in Australia prior to filming the reality series.

The Republican nominee, 71, is halfway through her two-week period in lockdown to participate in the series, despite the recall election being less than two months away.

Defending her decision to fly to Sydney on a TV pledge, she said: Fox news on Sunday that'[un]like most politicians, I really honor my contract.’

Already making drama: Castmate Caitlyn Jenner under scrutiny for California governor campaign from her hotel quarantine in Australia ahead of reality series filming

Already making drama: Castmate Caitlyn Jenner under scrutiny for California governor campaign from her hotel quarantine in Australia ahead of reality series filming

Many Americans are confused as to why she would go to the office from abroad, as the recall campaign nears its end.

And Aussies are upset that a hotel quarantine place has been given to a foreign celebrity, while 30,000 Australians remain stranded abroad due to border closures

Still, she defended her choice: “This has been on the books for months, this show I’m doing here in Australia, months and months.”

Big Brother VIP will air on Seven in Australia later this year, with Sonia Kruger presenting.

Coming Soon: Big Brother VIP will air on Seven in Australia later this year, hosted by Sonia Kruger

Coming Soon: Big Brother VIP will air on Seven in Australia later this year, hosted by Sonia Kruger

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