How did the Salahis meet Oprah? And other recent revelations
You'll be shocked to learn that Tareq and Michaele Salahi are not best friends of Oprah Winfrey, despite that cozy photo on their Facebook page.
"She doesn't know them," a rep from Harpo told us Thursday.
So how did they end up backstage for Oprah's inauguration special? The Salahis got seats for the Jan. 19 taping at the Kennedy Center through CBS Distribution, a syndication arm of the network. A friend of Michaele's told us that he ran into the couple after the show and watched as she approached gospel star BeBe Winans, who was also in the audience. Winans was able to take a large group through to the stage door and in to meet Oprah.
(The talk-show host was at the White House on Thursday taping a Christmas special with the Obamas.)
And expect more Salahi sightings. Cast of Thousands, a local company that provides political impersonators for parties and other events, just added "Gate Crashers" to its "Welcome to Washington" cast. "As soon as it happened, I thought, 'Perfect characters! That would add so much fun,'." said owner Jan Kearney.
Now she's got a tall blonde in a red sari and a guy in a tux ready for the next corporate gig. Says Kearney: "Our latest marketing slogan: 'Is Your Event Worth Crashing?' "
The Reliable Source
December 4, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
Categories: White House crashers
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