Morning news show host Robin Roberts signaled her contempt for White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman amid reports that she had been fired. Manigault and the White House have asserted that she was not dismissed but instead resigned (video below).
On Dec. 13, reports emerged that Manigault had been fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly. Staffers familiar with the situation who requested anonymity asserted that Manigault made a scene and was escorted off of the premises.
"It was actually the closest thing to reality TV [I'd experienced] since getting here," a White House official told the Daily Beast. Manigault had been a contestant on President Donald Trump's former reality TV show "The Apprentice." Kelly had allegedly been frustrated by Manigault's access to the president.
The White House announced that Manigault had resigned, which some sources disputed.
"It was more of a 'you can't fire me, I quit' situation," said another White House official.
On Dec. 14, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders stated that Manigault had made the decision to exit the Trump administration.
"Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities," Sanders said. "Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service."
On Dec. 14, Manigault offered her side of the story during an interview.
"John Kelly and I had a very straightforward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I raised, and as a result, I resigned," Manigault told ABC News' "Good Morning America."
The White House aide signaled that she had been disturbed by a lack of diversity in the Trump administration.
"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 affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people."
Manigault added: "When I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear."
Following the interview, "Good Morning America" host Roberts voiced skepticism over Manigault's intentions.
"She says she has a story to tell and I'm sure she will be selling that story," Roberts said.
The host then looked directly into the camera and said the famous burn, "Bye Felicia."
Later that day, Manigault blasted Roberts' remark in a separate interview.
"That was petty," Manigault told Inside Edition. "It's a black woman civil war."
"People have long been unsure what she did at the White House," a former Trump administration official told CNN.