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Salahis sign with celebrity-appearance booker

Tareq and Michaele Salahi. (Stephen Boitano/Bravo)

Get out your checkbooks: Tareq and Michaele Salahi are ready to come to your nightclub opening, golf tournament, yacht christening, bar mitzvah or whatever (all for some perfectly reasonable price), having just signed with Mike Esterman, a Maryland-based celebrity wrangler.

What do they cost? Too soon to know, said Esterman, who hasn't made their first booking yet. "We're going to see what the buyers and markets will bear."

The Salahis appear to be the first of the "Real Housewives of D.C." to enter the paid-celeb-appearance biz, but it's a fairly standard career path for reality stars. Esterman (who also can get Riddick Bowe, Vanilla Ice or Melissa Rivers to your Sweet Sixteen) says his past bookings for Atlanta or New Jersey "Housewives" have averaged $5,000 to $8,000.

The Salahis, though, have a larger potential reach because of their notorious uninvited appearance last year at the White House. "They're more marketable in other countries," he said optimistically.

The Salahis did not return our e-mail.

By The Reliable Source  | October 14, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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How much would they pay me to come to a dinner at my house? Oh, wait. I have to pay them? Nevermind.

Posted by: jackdmom | October 14, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

World English Dictionary
prostitute (ˈprɒstɪˌtjuːt)
3. a person who offers his talent or work for unworthy purposes

Oh, we forgot for a moment: There is no talent or work involved with these two.

Posted by: SidelinesObservant | October 14, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

While I assume Mr. Estermen is good at what he does, with regard to the Salahis, I think he needs to think just a bit outside of the box, so to speak.

A far more lucrative return might be obtained by soliciting event organizers/promoters for a cash payment in return for an agreement that the Salahis will NOT venture within, say, a five mile radius of the particular event.

In terms of paid appearances, I really don't see much opportunity there, other than perhaps the carnival midway dunk tank at county fairs or local firemen's carnivals.

Just a thought.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | October 14, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"Salahi, the porn video" can't be too far away as they become ever more desparate. Word is they are trying to cast a "body" double to fill in for Tareq "Tiki Toy" Salahi if you catch my drift. Danny Devito comes to mind.

Someone should buy these two a copy of Kenneth Anger's "Hollywood Babylon", this can't end well. They need to take caution not to end up drowned in some porcelain bowl or half eaten by a mangy Chihuahua is a ratty motel room.

Posted by: SoCali | October 14, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Shelley Duvall would be thge perfect Michale.

Posted by: SoCali | October 14, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The link to this from the local page reads:

"You can now rent the Salahis"

To that I say: NOW you can rent the Salahis? Weren't they always up for purchase?

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | October 14, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Great! You know I hope they do get rented out and then put on stage and on the spot and grilled by the public and humiliated.

Posted by: eunicedelrosario | October 14, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

But a good sturdy bag over her head and she's probably pretty good in bed. He can stay home.

Posted by: callmeout | October 14, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I will gladly pay the $5000 to $8000 for anyone who would like to have the Salahis at their party, please just contact me and I will arrange payment. Oh yeah, just one condition, the Salahis must be hog-tied and party guests must be allowed to take turns throwing rotten vegetables and other projectiles at them.

Posted by: growler55 | October 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

What in the world - if this would have happen to any other President this would not have become a clown show they would have been doing time...This is really sad that their five minute of fame is still going on..and they both look a mess..Amazing how some of us will do anything or support anyone who is clearly making fools of themselves because they where never for our President nor does they care...but Bush has started a war that has ended thousands of incident

Posted by: shadon1 | October 14, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Michaela certainly looks the part of a woman that "hires out." As for their marketability in other countries , please, let us hope that it is large and they become some other country's embarrassment. Locally, this is one consumer who could not "bear" to be in the same zip code as that pair.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | October 14, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The money isn't so they'll come to your party. The money is so they will leave.

Posted by: RJK9 | October 14, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The Post still making money off the Salahis every move.

The same "fake" hate bloggers posting hate above. You hide behind "fake" names with no life. The ones dishing hate it only comes back to you.

Posted by: lisag1 | October 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse


Loved the Zug interview you guys did a week or so back. Too funny. Ditto for DD's interview last night.

Who came up with the idea to be interviewed there, of all places?

Posted by: MeriJ | October 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd be thrilled to rent these baby killers for say, dunk-tanks clowns! I assume that payment must be made to them in the same timely manner as they pay their own vendors, correct? Deal.

Posted by: bromo999 | October 14, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse


Hi Missy! What's happening? What's up? Where is the party tonight? Georgetown? Maybe the Inn at Little Washington? Or Taco Bell on I-95? Count me in! Can't wait! Can I ride in your limo?!!

BTW, has your and your hubby's tract house in Front Royal gone to foreclosure yet?

Like, Duh! DUH!!!, can you like really believe that? Some bank might actually want to get paid? Give me a break! LOL

Don't they like realize you are the DC "IT" couple? I mean like, REALLY, do they like honestly think they would get like some monthly payments or something?

Hey, take it from me, the both of you are SO WAY BEYOND that kind of stuff!
ROTF LMAO!!! The bank may not know, so just tell them who you are, I am sure that will take care of it.

Like you know just pay no attention to those pesky details like a mortgage, let's party! We know you are just a hot "party Barbie girl", after all! Love you!

And of course, you know all of the other commenters here are just like part of a bunch of jealous hater women who like aren't pretty and like don't have bleached blonde hair and like don't have a limo to ride in and like don't buy Jimmy Choo shoes and like don't eat in Georgetown restaurants and like don't stay at the Four Seasons and like don't have designer dresses and like don't fly to Paris for the weekend and like don't have a pony named Sparkle and like don't have their own 'action figure' that looks like Hulk Hogan with a pin head in drag and like don't even have their own husbands!! Can you believe all the hate and jealousy?!! LOL!

You are so pretty! And you have a TeleTubby husband! And you have a Hulk Hogan action figure in drag! OMG! You go, girl! Love you! You are so pretty!

I love you!!! XOXOXOXO

Posted by: LAWPOOL | October 14, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

How come Mickalealaili is never shown smoking on Unreal Housenitwit of Hume Virginia? She clearly has smoker wrinkles around her pie hole. I'd love to be a fly on the wall when Mickaukelle and Tarequick are alone together. I bet after listening to their conversation for five minutes even their dog walks out of the room rolling his eyes. I'd pay $1.93 to pay to have Michaleilei's MS assertions debunked.

Posted by: Quizzical | October 14, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh this is too funny (not just the ridiculous story)....

Seems like a few more other than the standard posters are showing up.

It's getting deliciously vicious...again too funny. I can definitely go there. Remember - I lost sympathy for these two a long time ago.

I love the Post's devotion of the First Amendment (appropriate use of capitalization I believe, unlike the Salahis - see no apostrophe), you can post anything. But I generally don't post on most other articles in the WP. Unfortunately most turn into paranoid ravings about present or past administrations or very unattractive race-baiting.

So keep it clean people (this is really just referring to one comment). Except for when lisag has the poor judgement to show up, we're incredibly in sync. Let's leave politics out of it.

Yes, the article. So - they were only able to sell two autographs on Ebay and this is going to be a sustainable income stream? I think desperation sunk in about two to three months ago, probably considerably before that..

Posted by: jennifers1 | October 15, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

How many cheerleaders do you know with MS?

Posted by: dori1 | October 15, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

I was missing LisaG. LAWPOOL - you must have been too. What a beautiful response. Just remember to use some more random capitalizations next time.

Posted by: MissJC | October 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Or some ill-placed apostrophes might work as well.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | October 15, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Psycholgically, Michale is a woman who lacks boundaries. And is narcissistic to a fault. Truth or lie? It's all one and the same to her - whatever serves her needs.

I was fascinated when her own mother-in law Corinne Salahi called police (Bravo cameras rolling) to keep her off the Oasis premises. Now, THAT'S hatred, and one way to establish boundaries against a parasitic intruder. The other housewives (Cat, Lynda, Stacie and Mary) are nothing more than the Greek chorus, confirming the Salahi family drama.

I'm thinking that Michale is not a sweet innocent victim. Perhaps in the parallel non TV world, this parasitic creature is a victimizer?

Posted by: CTOBSERVER1 | October 15, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

How sweet it is to hear from LAWPOOL again. I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning...

Socali mentioned the book "Hollywood Babylon" as a cautionary tale for Missy & Tiki Toy. Another title comes to mind: "An American Tragedy" by Theodore Dreiser.

Desperate people do desperate things.

Posted by: ehsmith1 | October 16, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

So, you are thinking of renting these media Whacks? Perhaps you should reconsider given the fact that plastic is a carcinogen. Do they come with a warning from the Surgeon General?

Posted by: janmarwil | October 17, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse


After all the lawsuits they have filed against individuals for non payment or other frivolous reasons they actually think that now others will enter into a contract with them for an event!? Now that is hilarious!!

Can you imagine getting a summons months later asking you to appear in court alleging that you have caused emotional and physical distress because you didn't cook one of their filets correctly at the event you contracted them to appear at? Wait, I'd better watch myself with this comment, I may be giving someone an idea here....

Give me a break. Any money they earn should go straight to their debtors!

Posted by: ruffucious | October 18, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse


Well, thank you, I suppose.

But "sarcasm"? Perish the thought.

Please, I now know for an absolute fact that T & M are the "IT" couple of DC [their words], and Missy is the consummate "Party Barbie Girl" [her words]. Who would not want to party hearty with such a hip couple at some hip bar/restaurant?

Oh, now that I think about it-- maybe the person that might be stuck with picking up their tab?

No, that would never happen--they have their winery, but wait that is in Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy; but then again there is the property, but wait I think that's owned by Tareq's parents; but wait there is always the very presitgious America's Cup of Polo, but that's in Chapter 7 liquidation as well. And now I'm starting to wonder, gee, how do these people actually support themselves?

Now I am just thoroughly confused.

Never mind. Maybe I'll just stay home at watch trash television.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | October 18, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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