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D.C. "Housewives" ready for their close-up: Reality stars think they'll like what's on the screen

The cast of "Real Housewives of D.C." appear on NBC's "Today" show. (Diane Bondereff/NBC/AP)

The women about to be transformed into reality-soap divas on "The Real Housewives of D.C." insist that the show hasn't stolen their privacy. It hasn't corroded their souls. They're not worried about having their images distorted into caricatures by the editing process.

In fact, sounds as if they hope to end up as role models.

"This show is giving women who watch [a picture of] women out there who are juggling work and other businesses, husbands, boyfriends ... that it's possible to have this many children and maintain a job, it's possible to make time for friends, it's possible to go out to an event and support charities," Lynda Erkiletian said.

"We have a lot of trust," said Mary Amons. "We have to trust that they aren't going to spin it in [another] direction."

Good luck with that, ladies. The five 'Wives talked to our colleague Hank Stuever last week poolside at the Beverly Hilton Hotel over cosmos, white wine, chips and dip. A day later, one of the husbands, Tareq Salahi, would throw a glass of wine in Erkiletian's face -- which led to Michaele's surreal confrontation with Whoopi Goldberg on "The View" Wednesday -- but that afternoon, everyone seemed cool.

They insisted that they never followed a script or altered their routine to make for better TV ("I just do what I do," said Michaele Salahi), and that they're not worried about their on-camera candor coming back to hurt them ("I always believe if you're true to yourself, it's much easier to sleep at night," said Catherine Ommanney).

Why go through with this? They professed greater goals than fame. "To promote my book and pay my children's tuition," said Ommanney. "To promote my charity," said Amons. "To promote my charity and my real estate business," said Stacie Turner. "To show there really is fashion in Washington and stylish people," said Erkiletian. (Only Salahi said she didn't have an agenda. "I really didn't.")

"There's something that we all bring to the table," Amons said earnestly, gesturing to each castmate, or herself, with each description. "There's many women in this country who are single moms, many women who were foster children, there are many women in this country who are married with five kids, there are many women in this country who come from another country..."

Amons got to Salahi, the White House crasher, and seemed to draw a blank. "There's, there's, there's ... well, we're very relatable."

See also: Michaele Salahi's bizarre showdown with Whoopi Goldberg

By The Reliable Source  |  August 5, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C.  
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don't watch any of the real housewives shows -- what I know i've learned from helpful sources like you -- but I must know: is the woman on the left in the brown dress really that huge?

Posted by: patriciawsf | August 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

the whole bunch is pathetic..... nothing "real" about any of them, esp. Salahi who's nothing but a PA hick trying desperately to climb DC's social ladder. What she doesn't seem to realize is that brains + beauty is the winning combo in DC not barbie doll looks and a high school education

Posted by: saschadc | August 5, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree - there is nothing real about any of them (except, unlike the other RH, maybe their non-augmented breasts). They come off as petty, prejudiced wannabees.

Posted by: jackdmom | August 6, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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