July 22, 2008



Ms. Williams is a tough cookie, but she met her match on Monday, when Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, the bad girl of “The Apprentice,” went on the show to promote her new book, “The Bitch Switch: Knowing How to Turn It On and Off.”

Omarosa, who goes by one name, like Cher or Stalin, had her switch turned on high. Ms. Williams took her to task. “But, Omarosa, while you and I both have demanding ways, I’ve found that you show the honey, and it works a little better.”

Omarosa retorted, “You didn’t get here by being sweet,” noting that Ms. Williams’s radio career was built on, as she put it, “talking smack” about people.

Ms. Williams, visibly irked, said, “I feel like in many ways you are the stereotype of the angry black woman.”

Omarosa replied, “I’d rather be an A.B.W. than a buffoon.”

The last straw, however, was about bouffants. Ms. Williams slyly worked in a mention of her guest’s recent breast augmentation surgery; Omarosa retaliated by asking Ms. Williams if she had had her nose fixed. Ms. Williams, who said she has only used Botox, suggested that Omarosa plump up her lines with Restylane.

“And I would suggest a wig that doesn’t stuff my head three inches,” Omarosa snapped back.

At long last a breakthrough in daytime programming: the backtalk show.