Salahis invited to Vegas as nightclub 'hosts'
No more party-crashing for Tareq and Michaele Salahi! At a high-end Las Vegas nightclub next week, they're not only on the list, they're the official "hosts."
Pure nightclub announced that the original uninvited White House guests will be the featured draw at the cavernous Vegas Strip hot spot on Jan. 16.
"We go after entertainers or acts that really capture the public's imagination, and we think the Salahis have," said Michael Gilmartin, PR director for three Vegas clubs under the Pure Management Group. "We threw out an invitation, and they accepted."
Mind you, in nightclub-speak, "hosting" doesn't mean "footing the bill." Clubs hire celebs of various caliber to show up on a given night to draw the crowds -- and yes, it's a paid gig. Gilmartin wouldn't tell us how much. ("It's proprietary.")
Whatever the sum, it should be a nice distraction for the Northern Virginia horse-country couple, who have largely been lying low since their unexpected appearance at the Nov. 24 state dinner, besieged by congressional subpoenas, ongoing state and federal investigations, and complaints of unpaid debts from across the region.
Hosting duties basically involve, well, showing up, having drinks and greeting the fans who want to get in their airspace. Pure had 50 Cent "host" on New Year's Eve; other hosts coming up include R&B star Jeremih, reality-TV villains Spencer and Heidi, and "Penthouse Pet Taylor Vixen." So, the Salahis fit in ... where, exactly?
You'd be surprised, Gilmartin told us. Another of Pure's clubs recently showcased Tonya Harding and Emmanuel Lewis. Huge success, he said. "They were on TMZ!"
So why the Salahis? "The Salahis met President Obama," he said, "and you can come to Pure and meet the Salahis. Everyone gets their 15 minutes, and people want to come to the club and rub up against that. They'll go home and put it up on Facebook: 'I got my picture with the Salahis!'"
And just like at the White House, there will be a red carpet -- this time specially for the Salahis "so they'll get their moment," he said. "Hopefully no one crashes their carpet."
The Reliable Source
January 7, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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