Report: White House crashers staying part of 'The Real Housewives'
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/29/2010
Being busted for allegedly crashing a White House state dinner apparently didn't do anything to keep Michaele and Tareq Salahi off of The Real Housewives of D.C..
The Salahis will still be part of the cast of the Bravo reality franchise's new D.C. edition when it is expected to premiere in July, The Daily Beast reported Thursday.
While the Salahis -- who were accused of attending a November state dinner at the White House for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh without an invitation -- are contractually prohibited from discussing the show, sources told The Daily Beast that they have already filmed all 12 episodes.
In addition, the Salahis are scheduled to shoot the show's publicity photos and opening sequence next month.
The Salahis -- who left the state dinner before the guests were seated -- managed to have contact with both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during their time at the event. The Secret Service acknowledged its personnel did not follow proper procedures to ensure the Salahis were on the guest list, however the couple has denied crashing the dinner.
After the alleged crashing became public, Bravo confirmed that the Salahis were being considered as The Real Housewives of D.C. cast members but added neither the network nor show's production company had any knowledge they were crashing the state dinner.
The Salahis were subsequently the subject of a federal investigation and were subpoenaed to testify at a January hearing in front of the House Homeland Security Committee, however they invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Bravo executives were relieved to learn that the couple will not be prosecuted due to the incident, a source told The Daily Beast.
While the Salahis are reportedly scheduled to appear on the Today show with Matt Lauer on May 27 and Time Warner Cable has begun selling ad opportunities for The Real Housewives of D.C., Bravo has still remained mum on when it will premiere and who the cast will include.
"[Bravo has] absolutely no announcement beyond the fact that we're doing the show and the production process continues," a spokesperson told The Daily Beast.
In addition, literary agent Sharlene Martin said the Salahi's plan to set the record straight about the whole "misunderstanding" in an upcoming book.
"People will be surprised when the truth about the Salahis is finally told," Martin told The Daily Beast.