'Celebrity Big Brother': Omarosa and Keisha Knight Pulliam clash over Donald Trump and Bill Cosby allegiances

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.

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LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Omarosa (43), a Television personality, originally from Youngstown, Ohio and currently living in Jacksonville, Fla., will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 ÃÂ 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Brandi Lynn Glanville (45), a Television Personality, originally from Sacramento, Calif. and currently living in Los Angeles, will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Mark McGrath (49), a rock star, originally from Newport Beach, Calif., and currently living in Studio City, Calif., will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Ariadna Gutierrez (24), a model, born in Sincelejo, Columbia, raised in Barranquilla, Colombia and currently living in Miami, Fla., will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffery Salter/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Ross Matthews (38), a TV Host, originally from Mt. Vernon, Wash., and currently living in Los Angeles/Palm Springs, Calif., will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Shannon Elizabeth (44), an actress, originally from Houston, Texas, currently living in Cape Town, South Africa will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Keshia Knight Pulliam (38), an actress, originally from New Jersey and currently living in Atlanta, Ga., will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network (Photo by Annette Brown/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Chuck Liddell (48), a UFC Legend, originally from Santa Barbara, Calif., and currently living in Calabasas, Calif., will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: James Maslow (27), an actor/musician, originally from San Diego, Cali., and currently in Venice, Calif., will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Metta World Peace (38), an NBA Champion, originally from Queens, N.Y., and currently living in Los Angeles, will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 -- 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
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"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."

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (L) and Omarosa Manigault (R) attend an event celebrating Women's History Month, in the East Room at the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Omarosa Manigault, President Donald Trump's Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, was present for the White House press briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, on Monday, June 5, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 14: Omarosa Manigault, aide to President Donald Trump, watches during a meeting with parents and teachers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16: White House staff member Omarosa Manigault (L), takes selfie with other staff members before President Donald Trump's news conference where he announced Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump also fielded questions from reporters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Omarosa Manigault attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Omarosa Manigault, a staffer for US President-elect Donald Trump, listens as Martin Luther King III speaks to the media after meeting with the President-elect at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Omarosa Manigault, incoming White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, listens as Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, testifies before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee during his confirmation hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)
Omarosa Manigault, director of African American outreach for President-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson will be nominated as Trump's secretary of state, setting up a potential confirmation battle with U.S. lawmakers who have questioned the oilman's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Omarosa Manigault arrives at the The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast at Milk Studios on December 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 06: TV personality Omarosa Manigault attends the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - DECEMBER 08: Omarosa Manigault attends the MGM National Harbor Grand Opening Gala on December 8, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for MGM National Harbor)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Television personality Omarosa Manigault, BET EVP of Strategy and Operations Richard Gay, and Chef Huda attend 'Soul Lunch & Greens: A Charity Golf Experience' at Top Golf at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during Soul Train Weekend on November 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/BET/Getty Images for BET)
INGLEWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Omarosa Manigault and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer attend the Inform Your Vote President Election Debate at The Tabernacle on October 8, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Omarosa Manigault attends the premiere of 'Ben-Hur' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Omarosa Manigault attends the premiere of 'Ben-Hur' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: TV personality Omarosa Manigault participates in the 2016 BETX Celebrity Golf sponsored by Nike on June 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 24: TV Personality Omarosa Manigault attends the Jovani store opening celebration at Jovani on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images )
TV personality Omarosa Onee Manigault arrives for the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2016. / AFP / Andrew Biraj (Photo credit should read ANDREW BIRAJ/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Omarose Onee Manigault attends the Garden Brunch prior to the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Beall-Washington House on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Omarosa Manigault attends the Google/HBO celebration of 'All The Way' during White House Correspondents' weekend at the Renwick Gallery on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Google)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 05: TV personality Omarosa Manigault attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Omarosa Manigault attends Aretha Franklin's 74th Birthday Celebration at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: White House Office of Public Liaison Communications Director Omarosa Manigault (L) and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders arrive prior to U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivering joint statements in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Moon is on a three-day visit in Washington. He had an Oval Office meeting with President Trump prior to joint statements. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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"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."

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