Although she wasn't Donald Trump's "Apprentice", Omarosa has teamed up with the real estate mogul to win love instead of a chance to run one of his companies. "Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger," is a new reality show that puts 12 hot and successful bachelors through tests to win Omarosa's heart. Niteside caught up with this television diva to see what her idea of a perfect date is and if she really found love through her new reality show.
You’ve done so many reality shows. Why do one on finding love? “Of all the reality shoes I’ve done, second to “The Apprentice,” this is the most important. Love should be approached very seriously. I tried it my way for years and now I want to try it the Trump way.”
Speaking of trying it your way, was it difficult doing this show after your divorce? “Well, I married very young. Aaron [Stallworth] and I had no idea what it would take to make a marriage work. You really have to get to know a person. [During my show] I’m not just saying, 'Ooh. I like him.' It’s really getting to know him and seeing how he acts under pressure."
If a guy wanted to take you out, what would be your ideal date? "I'm very much into sports. I'm such an adrenaline junkie. I love flying. I'm getting my private pilot's license...I love anything thrilling and fun."
Do you believe that people can really find love on television? "I have friends Ryan and Tristan [Sutter] (“The Bachelorette”) who have successfully gone through the process and are clear examples. I’ve gone through a divorce, blind dates, [dated] corporate brothers, blue-collar brothers, I’ve tried it all...and it wasn’t working. This is speed dating on a whole other level."
Having already taped the show, did you find love? "I did. We can’t be seen together because we have to be kept under wraps until all episodes air but I did [find love]. He’s smart, talented...out of all the bachelors he played the game very well. It was a competition...for my heart. After all of that, we hit it off. There was chemistry."
You were once voted America's Number One TV Villain. Are you looking to shed that persona with this show? "In past shows, I was extremely competitive. I did what I had to do to win Donald Trump's "Apprentice." In this show, winning is about love. These stakes are too high. It's totally different."
"Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger" premieres with a special 90-minute episode on TV One on June 17 at 9 p.m.