The D.C. "Housewives" that got away are happy not to be on the Bravo series
It was the kind of scene a reality-TV producer would salivate over: A sunset cocktail party at a chic downtown high-rise, filled with beauty queens and political movers. But there were no camera crews at Lisa Spies's soiree Thursday night. A year ago, creators of "The Real Housewives of D.C." were courting the GOP fundraiser hard to be a part of their cast. She said no and doesn't regret it in the least.
"We want to keep it real," Spies told us as she prepared to open her home -- previously the site of fundraisers for Eric Cantor, John Thune and Mitt Romney -- to a reception in honor of reigning Miss D.C. Stephanie Williams. "The only drama is looking around the room and thinking who is going to be the next Miss D.C."
Indeed, several Washington women have been breathing sighs of relief lately that they did not get lured into the promise of basic-cable stardom. When producers of the Bravo series set about trying to cast the first Washington-based season, they tried to recruit a variety of power players -- and promised that this show would be different. Not like the table-flipping, Botox-shooting seasons in Orange County or New Jersey. Classier. (Because this is Washington!)
Instead, the story line got hijacked midway through production in November by Tareq and Michaele Salahi's uninvited incursion at the White House state dinner. Since then, Tareq has thrown a glass of wine at another Housewife, Lynda Erkiletian in front of reporters; Erkiletian's lawyer has sent cease-and-desist letters to bloggers who mocked her modeling agency; and Housewife Mary Amons has had to defend her daughter against the Salahis' claims that she's a thief.
Sorry you didn't join the circus, ladies? "My friends, and especially my family, were very relieved that I did not do it," Mai Abdo, wife of mega-developer Jim Abdo, told us. "My sister called and told me, 'You're too normal. People are going to fast-forward past you.' "
Susanna Quinn, wife of Democratic lobbyist Jack Quinn, decided not to sign on because, she told us last year, "Real Housewives end up ex-wives." Since then, two women from the D.C. season (Cat Ommanney and Edwina Rogers) have split from their husbands. "They're establishing a track record here," Quinn said Thursday.
Among other advantages to non-stardom, noted Spies: "I'm glad I don't have to worry about the Salahis crashing."
Read more of the Washington Post's coverage of "Real Housewives of D.C."
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| September 24, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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