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Piers Morgan: It was 'a public duty' to try to get Omarosa fired from 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Jan. 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM ET

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Piers Morgan, who won the first "Celebrity Apprentice," advises Donald Trump in the upcoming all-star season.

PASADENA, Calif. -- "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth didn't hide her distaste for challenge adviser Piers Morgan when talking to reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour Sunday morning, calling him "so nasty." She also accused the former champ of returning to the show "solely to torture" her.

It's a claim that Morgan doesn't dispute.

"When Donald Trump asked me to be his boardroom adviser on two of the new 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' challenges, I realized this would give me a unique opportunity to get Omarosa fired all over again," he told The Clicker Monday. "I saw it as a public duty on behalf of all Americans."

Omarosa knows she's come across as the bad guy on previous seasons of "The Apprentice" she participated in, but feels Morgan went overboard in his attacks on her. She had agreed to appear in the new season of the show to honor the legacy of her fiance, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, by trying to raise money for his charity, the Sue Duncan Children's Center. The "Green Mile" star was 54 when he died on Sept. 3. He had been an alumni of the charity.

"During my task where I was raising money for one fundraiser task, (Morgan) repeatedly said, 'Why is she here, Donald (Trump)? Why do you have her here? She doesn’t deserve to be here,' " Omarosa told The Clicker. "And I’m like, 'I deserve to be here because I’m fighting for Michael’s charity.' He’s like, 'Oh use that. Say that.'"

Omarosa, who said she was still grieving over Duncan's passing during filming, said Morgan's treatment of her became so "vulgar" some of her cast mates spoke up on her behalf. "They had to step up and tell producers and Donald and the other people to say, 'Enough is enough,' " Omarosa said. "Marilu (Henner) was probably the biggest one who went and lobbied that it just went too far."

NBC has not yet responded to a request for comment.

As tough as her experience was working with Morgan on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," Omarosa said it was worth it in the end.

"Seeing the faces of those kids (at the Sue Duncan Children's Center) made all the hell that Piers put me through, all the insults and his put downs, the long hours, the stress ... when I saw the faces of those kids ... I mean, that made it all worth while," she told us. "I knew that Michael was smiling down and he was very proud of me."

“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” premieres March 3 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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