GMA’s Robin Roberts on Omarosa’s White House Departure: “Bye, Felicia!”

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As news outlets begin reporting on the evolving story of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s departure from the White House (was she fired or did she quit?), Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts, may have summed up what we’re all thinking with two words.

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During a segment of the morning show, Roberts and her cohosts talked about the situation and Roberts made a comment that sent Twitter into a frenzy: “She said she has a story to tell, I’m sure she’ll be selling that story. Bye, Felicia.”


If you’re unfamiliar, “Bye, Felicia” became a popular way to issue a dismissive farewell after it appeared in the 1995 movie Friday (its context was later explained in the film, Straight Outta Compton).

It’s especially funny after Omarosa made the rounds on Good Morning America Thursday morning while definitely teasing at having a much bigger story to tell. Yikes!

“[Chief of staff] John Kelly and I had a very straightforward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I raised, and as a result, I resigned,” Omarosa said. “There were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with 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 upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”

While some sources have said Omarosa was fired and escorted off the White House grounds, she says she quit and left voluntarily. 

What caused the beef and led to a resignation after a “candid conversation” with General John Kelly? ”Certainly I had more access than most, and people had problems with that. People had problems with my 14-year relationship with this president,” she said.

The 43-year-old has been familiar with President Donald Trump since appearing as a contestant on his reality show, The Apprentice. Omarosa was among the White House advisers earning the highest salary ($179,700 a year) as the communications director for the Office of Public Liaison (whatever that means) and will stay on (with limited security clearance) until her last day on January 20, 2018.

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