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'Housewives' Lynda Erkiletian, Mary Amons, Won't Come Clean


Maybe-"Housewives" stars Lynda Erkiletian and Rich Amons, with Brooke Kao. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)


It was a moment made for reality TV: At a party Wednesday to honor D.C.'s best dressed, Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams was handing out the awards. But when she called for honoree Lynda Erkiletian ("for showing that Washington 'housewives' have style!") -- no one stepped forward. Erkiletian was missing!

Oh, come on: This had to be for the sake of the very conspicuous TV cameras, which Williams had already announced were at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel party to capture footage for Bravo's in-development "Real Housewives of Washington."


"Housewives" camera crew capturing the scene at the Washingtonian party. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

But no, that's not the case, we're told. Erkiletian, owner of T.H.E. Artist Agency, had ducked out to change. She had dressed in a heavy cape and stockings for what was supposed to be a rooftop affair, but then the party moved indoors to a warm and crowded room. (The TV producers, in fact, asked the magazine to hold off on the announcement until she returned, but Williams kept to her own schedule.)

Another question: What's up with D.C.'s worst-kept secret, the identities of the "Housewives"-to-be? While Bravo maintains that no casting decisions have been finalized, blog buzz is at a peak, and rumored stars are going increasingly public with camera-trailed appearances. Washingtonian, which agreed to allow Bravo's cameras, out-and-out declared Erkiletian a cast member, though the modeling agency chief coyly told us "the only confirmation can come from Bravo." The magazine also picked NoVa venture-capital guy Rich Amons, husband of possible star Mary Amons, as a "Style Setter," and the cameras floated around both of them, too. The same evening, a production crew filmed Fauquier County winery wife Michaele Salahi and husband Tareq dining at fancy Inn at Little Washington.

Why won't Bravo confirm what seems so obvious? Probably because nothing's a done deal. It's not unusual for reality producers to spend hours and days trailing a subject before deciding they just don't work. Meanwhile, said Bravo rep Rachelle Savoia, "we're looking for women who have their hands on the pulse of what's going on culturally and politically, who encapsulate what it means to be D.C. society."

By The Reliable Source  |  October 5, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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I didnt' read this entire article but by the looks of the picture with this article please say no these arent' the ladies of the Housewifes of DC. I don't see a bit of chocolate in the bunch, for Chocolate city!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 5, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: bobby20

"I didnt' read this entire article but by the looks of the picture with this article please say no these arent' the ladies of the Housewifes of DC. I don't see a bit of chocolate in the bunch, for Chocolate city!"


That might be because according to the latest demographics, DC is no longer "Chocolate City". Most of the wealthy blacks have moved out to MD or down to Atlanta. DC is now white hipsters, white gays, NY to DC socialites, Salvadorans. The remaining blacks living in DC proper are not the types to appear on Bravo.

Posted by: tsqnova | October 5, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

DC is still 75% black!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 5, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Get your facts straight bobby 20 Dc is actually 54% black in 2008 and those numbers continue to shrink as the city continues to become less affordable. While its white population has grown to 40%. By 2011 DC will not be a majority black city

Posted by: skinsfan15 | October 5, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"That might be because according to the latest demographics, DC is no longer "Chocolate City". Most of the wealthy blacks have moved out to MD or down to Atlanta. DC is now white hipsters, white gays, NY to DC socialites, Salvadorans. The remaining blacks living in DC proper are not the types to appear on Bravo."

Agreed. If Bravo were sticking to DC proper, they'd be hard pressed to find a let alone multiple black "Housevives." The majority of upper middle class to affluent wives of professional/businessmen/lobbyist etc are overwhelmingly white.

Theoretically, Bravo could get it's cast from the DC metro area. It's a more diverse place than OC or New Jersey. One or two minority participants wouldn't be unreasonable but Bravo likes to type cast the shows. OC, blond bimbos. New Jersey, classless Italians. New York, crass "socialites." Atlanta, divaish wives of black athletes or enternainers. DC likely wives of lobbyists.

Posted by: jabreal00 | October 5, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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