Another former White House staffer has moved into the “Big Brother” house, only with far less fireworks.
Ex-communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared in the season premiere of CBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother” on Monday, nearly a year after savvy President Donald Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman competed on the show and placed fifth. But unlike Newman, who continually made headlines for bad-mouthing her former boss, Scaramucci played it relatively cool in his first night out.
“I got fired from the White House for using a few curse words,” Scaramucci said in his introduction, referencing an expletive-filled interview with The New Yorker from July 2017. “I still get along with the president. I talk to him once or twice a month, but I’m usually the one making the call.”
Asked later by a fellow housemate to further explain his exit, Scaramucci went after other ex-staffers, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus.
“The ‘shootout at the OK Corral’ started because Priebus and Bannon did not want me in that job, and they started making up stories,” Scaramucci said. “But I got my ego involved and I’m a competitive guy, and so I trusted a reporter. I said something inappropriate to a reporter, and he ran to CNN with it. So when the new chief of staff (John Kelly) came in, he fired me.”
Scaramucci continued by saying that “Bannon was not my cup of tea” and paraphrasing President Harry S. Truman, adding, “If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.”
The financier, nicknamed “The Mooch,” appeared to make allies on his first day in the “Big Brother” house, teaming up with Dina Lohan (mom to Lindsay Lohan) for the first competition. But the pair struggled throughout, as they were asked to fill a giant champagne glass while swinging mid-air.
“Being on cable news and answering tough interview questions, that’s nothing compared to (a Head of Household) competition,” Scaramucci vented.