Nothing puts the “disaster” in disaster relief like acafeteria-style showdown—especially if the women involved are TV hostessStar Jones and Surreal Life diva OmarosaManigault-Stallworth. Sources say that the two got into a Mexicanstandoff when Jones gave the former Apprentice villain the hairyeyeball at BET’s recent S.O.S. Saving Ourselves telethon for the victimsof Katrina.
“She kept giving Omarosa dirty looks and whispering things to herhusband [Al Reynolds], and rolling her eyes whenever Omarosa was around,”says our backstage mole.
Omarosa remained oblivious to Jones’s antics, we’re told, untilan unidentified member of 80s R&B group New Edition brought them to herattention—prompting Omarosa to sneer, “Star doesn’t want anytrouble with me. If I can deal with a crazy crackhead like JaniceDickinson, I can handle her.”
Word of the exchange spread quickly backstage and orders were given to keepthe two separated. What caused the tiff was unclear, but one witness speculatedthat the charitable diva—who donated 100 pairs of shoes and her Emmy dress for those Katrina refugees in need of extra-wide stilettos or a sparetent—was merely hungry.
Omarosa, we hear, was ravenous as well. Having recently announced herseparation from husband Aaron Stallworth, she was spotted cozying up to everyonefrom rapper Q-Tip to Six Feet Under’sMatthew St. Patrick in search of a high-profile hook-up.
Jones’s rep, Brad Zeifman, dismissed the incident as“100 percent untrue,” saying, “there was too much love andsupport in the room for any cattiness.” Omarosa’s publicist,Priscilla Clark, said she “hadn’t heardanything” about a beef.
Mmmmmm… beef, thinks Star Jones, somewhere.