She may truly have earned her semi-comic image as a witchaliciously nasty character, but Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth’s latest public comments are anything but tongue-in-cheek. The former “Apprentice” contestant who has ridden her 15 minutes of fame harder than a professional bull-rider is skewering her old show for stereotyping black contestants.

The occasion was a press conference for Omarosa’s latest stunt, starring in an episode of “Fear Factor,” which, in a cannibalistic twist, stars victims from other reality shows.

“Once you start looking at how all the black men are lazy and laid-back … and all the black women are quite the opposite, I think there is a pattern,” she said, adding that “The Apprentice’s” editing is party to blame an indirect diss to producer Mark Burnett.

But Burnett is not impressed, and he has fired back. “How insulting to other African Americans,” he said.

“What African-American man have we shown to be lazy? None of them. Kwame almost won the whole thing.” He was referring to Kwame Jackson, runner-up in the first “Apprentice,” which was won by Bill Rancic. Burnett said Omarosa was fairly depicted and added that she should “take responsibility for your behavior and stop disparaging other African Americans.”

If you love savoring the word “pinot” as much as you delight in the velvety feel of a nice pinot noir swirling over your tastebuds, you’ve got a real winner on your tongue. The Global Language Monitor, a nonprofit that monitors word usage (yes, there are people who live to analyze your verbiage), says “pinot” tops its annual list of show-biz words that have influenced the English language. The reason? How about the surprise breakout road-movie comedy hit, “Sideways.”

Other big words include “genius” from the Ray Charles biopic “Ray, “handwashing,” the act obsessive compulsive Howard Hughes repeatedly does in “The Aviator,” and “Mo Chuisle,” the secret Celtic name for the heroine in “Million Dollar Baby.” Last year’s top word wasn’t even a word. It was the phrase “wardrobe malfunction.”

NEW YORK (AP) – First-time Oscar host Chris Rock, a comedian known for his frequent use of expletives, says the five-second decency delay on the ABC show’s Feb. 27 telecast will be a welcome “safety net.”

“I’ve been on TV and been funny not cursing,” Rock says in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” newsmagazine, to air Sunday night. “As far as content is concerned, I will talk about the movies. I’m not really worried about it. I’m sure ABC is more worried about it than me.”

Gil Cates, the producer of the Oscar show, has expressed confidence in Rock, who suggested in a recent Entertainment Weekly magazine interview that no straight black men watch the telecast.

“(A time delay is) a safety net. You know, you’re a trapeze artist … you welcome the net,” Rock says.

Rock also says that when he arrives on Oscar night, he may be traveling “small,” without an entourage. The 39-year-old actor-comedian says that “with a posse, you’re not letting the real world in. And if you don’t let the real world in, you’re not going to be funny.”

He added: “Donald Trump rolls pretty small, you know.”


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