'Celebrity Big Brother': Omarosa and Keisha Knight Pulliam Clash Over Donald Trump and Bill Cosby Allegiances

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Omarosa and Keshia Knight Pulliam on Celebrity Big Brother
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Omarosa Manigault isn't going to let anyone in the Celebrity Big Brother household pass judgement on her for her work in the White House and professional relationship with President Donald Trump -- especially not housemate Keshia Knight Pulliam.

On Thursday's Celebrity Big Brother, the 44-year-old reality star -- who became friends with Trump when she competed on the first season of The Apprentice and was recently fired from her position as a political aide in the White House -- opened up about her experiences with Shannon Elizabeth, whom she's formed an early alliance with.

"If we become friends, you'll see how loyal I am," Omarosa told Elizabeth. "Maybe to a fault."

"It’s been so incredibly hard to shoulder what I've shouldered through these two years because I was so loyal to a person, and I didn't realize that by being loyal to him, it would make me lose 100 other friends," Omarosa shared.

The pair were soon joined by Keshia, and it was clear that the former Cosby Show actress wasn't as quick to befriend Omarosa as some of the others in the house had been.

"Based on who Omarosa has supported and had a job with in this current White House, we couldn't be further than polar opposites in terms of our political views," the 38-year-old former sitcom star said in a solo interview.

Their political differences came to a head as the three sat together, as Omarosa was reflecting on how she felt everyone in her life had abandoned her after she accepted the political appointment and was targeted by negative press. 

Keshia was less than sympathetic, asking, "Do you feel like you were able to understand how people from the outside looking in just saw the hate that that campaign kind of incite and that you supported it?"

"When you're in the middle of the hurricane, it's hard to see the destruction on the outer bands," Omarosa said, defending herself.

However, the notorious reality icon, who's been surprisingly and disarmingly pleasant toward her housemates thus far, wasn't afraid to bare her teeth a bit with a thinly veiled jab of her own, calling out Keshia's high-profile defense of Bill Cosby amid accusations of sexual assault by dozens of women.

"Since you're asking me, you stood strong by someone who you have known and have been loyal to, and have known for a long time who has supported you, and people judged you for that," Omarosa said. "But only you know the inner workings of your relationship with Mr. Cosby. That's the same thing with me and Mr. Trump."

Keshia -- who played Rudy Huxtable on the NBC sitcom -- has been an ardent supporter of her former on-screen father. She repeatedly came to his defense on social media and even escorted the 80-year-old comedian to court last June when he was on trial for sexual assault. She didn't feel the analogy between their controversial relationships was fair, telling Omarosa, "It's comparing apples to oranges."

"But you don't see the similarity? You haven't been attacked because of your relationship?" Omarosa asked.

"It's a different situation because this man is running the country and being the voice of a whole country of people," Keshia explained.

"Yeah, but we held Mr. Cosby up. I mean, his impact on the black community was just as significant. People look up to the Cosbys. That's the same thing. I will stand firm by that 100 percent," Omarosa shot back.

The comparison clearly got under Keshia's skin, which was exactly what the Apprentice alum had been hoping for. "The world sees how very similar those two relationships are," Omarosa said in a solo interview. "So, I'm certainly not gonna sit while [Keshia passes] judgment on me. Because I know exactly who I am."

Later in the episode, Omarosa sat down with houseguest Ross Matthews, where she was brought to tears when she again reflected on her time in the White House and the hate she's incurred in the aftermath of her friendship with Trump.

"I felt like it was a call of duty. I felt like I was serving my country, not him," Omarosa told Mathews in hushed tones. "When accepting a political appointment, it was always about the country."

Check out the video below for her emotional, candid conversation about her distressing experiences working in Trump's White House.

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