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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 02/24/2011

"Real Housewives" Cat Ommanney tells-all in new (self-published) memoir -- but won't someone tell us about a second season?

By The Reliable Source

The cast of "Real Housewives of D.C.", with Ommanney in center, appearing on "Today" last year. (Diane Bondereff/NBC)

Isn't it about time for the "Real Housewives of D.C." to be cashing in?

After all, reality-TV salaries don't nearly cover the spiritual cost of opening your life to the cameras, and stars of the other Bravo franchises have all attempted to use their new-found fame to try to sell us something.

But four months after the first D.C. season ended -- and there's no sign on the horizon of a second season -- we've yet to see a best-selling diet book or cheesy dance-pop single out of our Washington crew.

Cat Ommanney, the sharp-tongued British import who was arguably the series' breakout star, is now promoting a memoir -- "Inbox Full," the tale of her chaotic years pre-"Housewives," when a torrid affair ended her first marriage and catapulted her into a hard-partying, jet-set life. (And yes, she dishes about her brief '06 canoodle with Prince Harry -- coyly referred to only as "a very handsome young Royal" -- that made her short-term tabloid bait.)

But despite the usual trappings of a glamorous book launch -- a party next week at stylist Ted Gibson's NYC salon, to be followed by another fete here -- Ommanney's book is self-published.


(Courtesy Catherine Ashley Ommanney)

The author told us (via phone from England, visiting with her young daughters) that she had been offered a book deal but that the publisher wanted to "change my voice . . . There were parts of my diary they wanted to fill in, and they used expressions I would never say."

So she's doing it herself, and, despite the dubious track record of self-publishing, she's optimistic. "You get far more royalties" this way. "More people are buying online than anywhere else."

Her infamous co-stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi signed with a celebrity-booking firm, a common step for other reality stars, but we've seen less of that with the D.C. 'Wives. Ommanney acknowledged that she's done "a couple" of paid appearances in nightclubs, "but I don't have anyone helping me, no publicist."

There appear to be a few other projects in the "Housewives" pipeline: Stacie Turner is working on a book about finding her birth parents -- a key plot line on the show -- and scene-stealing Paul Wharton is working on a reality pilot of his own. Fellow 'Wives Mary Amons and Lynda Erkiletian have focused quietly on charitable causes and business since the first season ended.

And what about a second season? "Housewives" series set in other cities have typically rushed a second season onto the air within a year of the first. But Bravo has remained officially mum on the subject of the D.C. show, and there's been no sign of shooting any new episodes yet.

Ommanney believes she'll be returning to your TV screen. "The long gap has made people think there won't be one, but I'm quite confident that there will be a second season," she said. Even without another Salahis-at-the-White House saga to probe? "It will show much more interesting story lines," she said.


By The Reliable Source  | February 24, 2011; 12:00 AM ET
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Does she dish the dirt on her sister Heather Mills, harriden and former wife of Sir Paul? While trashing Prince Harry (unbelivable that Harry, one of the hottest young men around, would dither with this rent girl but I guess we can imagine what service it was he provided) she has been quiet on that.

This woman is nothing but a coarse, shrill, publicity hound and the fact that this hot mess of lies is "self published" says all that needs to be said about the chances of another season. Put a fork in her, shes done!

Her nasty, festering, puss pimple of a self made Michaele Salahi look good. That was what she did for the show.

Posted by: SoCali | February 24, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that Wharton is looking for a gig of his own. He had reality-show star quality.

Posted by: tomtildrum | February 24, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that Wharton is looking for a gig of his own. He had reality-show star quality.
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Oh please Paul, get real! What you have is more like a second rate drag act at Zeigfield's quality.

Onetoomany's kids must be really proud of her for telling the world she chows down on boys not much older then they are after getting them drunk, prince or not. She is kind of like Danielle Staub channelling Mary Kay Letourneau. She and sister Heather must have had a pretty perverse upbringing. Utter trash!

Posted by: ManOpener | February 24, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Michaele Salahi is gearing up big time on her Facebook page for national MS awareness month. What's her next move? Claim she was discriminated against by Bravo. She posted: "A MS awareness “Real” message: “When Reality gets too Real for TV” Some TV executives struggle on how to deal with real life illnesses, in my case a Real Housewife with Multiple Sclerosis… How do you think a network like Bravo will handle it? These are the real hard issues that face persons with disabilities throughout the world with their employers or contractors. Watch what happens!"

She needs to crawl back under her rock.
Join our FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/WhiteHousePartyCrashers

Posted by: xOffender | February 24, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't/wouldn't watch another season with the grifters. Why Bravo accepted all of their lies and nonsense the first season still boggles my mind. Well it looks like no good deed goes unpunished and they will do their best to lay their train wrecks of a life on Bravo's door step. Good luck to the rest of the cast, Washington DC is a wonderful city with so much to offer.

Posted by: bgeorgia1968 | February 24, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The salahis were the only reason I watched the dc show.
without them it would have been a snooze fest. the others were so boring
camille is also a favorite for me.

Posted by: realhousewivesfan | February 25, 2011 2:17 AM | Report abuse

The Salahi's breached national security, they crashed the Black Caucus Event, the list goes on and on. If those 2 grifters are back on RHDC, I'm not watching.

Posted by: Selah1 | February 25, 2011 6:56 AM | Report abuse

RE Cat- I think she is an amazing person, she's been through so much and is still funny and a blast to watch. Lynda is a hoot, Mary is amazing, Stacy is so real and I hope this series continues minus the Salahi's.

Posted by: Selah1 | February 25, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Rumor Salahis will be on 20/20 talking about employee discrimination in the workplace due to disabilities. Are they insinuating Bravo discriminated against Micaele in an effort to get Bravo to take her back? Public blackmail sort of? Last season, threat of lawsuits, now accusations of discrimination, Bravo would be crazy to put up with these shenanigans! What could Bravo film around the Salahi's. Winery is closed and in bankruptcy. Charity still under investigation for fraud by the state. Book failed, businesses fail! Americas Polo Cup in bankruptcy and trying to pawn off another under name of a bankrupt business. Other housewives want nothing to do with them. Salahis are bad news. Is Bravo going to follow them to court rooms as they constantly get sued for stiffing people, not paying their bills? The only redeeming thing Bravo could accomplish inviting Salahis back is to continue exposing this couple for who they really are...petty criminals!

Posted by: Truthsayer9 | February 25, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

realhousewivesfan said:

"The salahis were the only reason I watched the dc show."
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Hi Mic! Hi Tareq! I see from this post and ones you've made elsewhere that you want us to associate Michaele in our minds with Camille Grammer. To be honest, I haven't checked her out yet. But somehow I doubt the comparison will hold up...

Posted by: MeriJ | February 25, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"D.C. 'Housewife' spills" what exactly??

Oh, that's right: Irrelevant slop into cr@ppy waste of wood pulp.


Attention WP-Mart "Team Members": Cleanup in aisle "STUPID"

(Yes, we differentiate our aisles with insulting labels instead of numbers here.)

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 25, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Yuck.

Posted by: willoughbyspit | February 25, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse


The entire premise of the "Real Housewives" franchise is one grounded in idiocy in the first instance. Why anyone would subject themselves, their family, their children and their private lives to such exposure on television really does beg the question as to the emotional adjustment and responsibility of each and every one of those so-called "housewives".

However, with that said, I will give credit where credit is due:

1. Ms. Ommanney correctly pegged the infamous Salahis for the frauds and posers they were and are from the very beginning, and she didn't mince her words in saying so. In that regard, she seems to be a pretty good judge of character and is not afraid to express her honest opinion.

2. If there was any redeedming social value to be gained from RHODC, it was that it provided the catalyst to fuel public scrutiny into the Salahs' self-delusions and lifestyle supported by a scourge of bad debts/creditors and their highly questionable "charitable" endeavors.

That already was generally known to those who dealt with them in the past in the northern Virginia area and Montgomery County, Maryland, but it was the RHODC and the resultant scrutiny by the press and the public which made their name synonymous with "dead-beats" and "liars" throughout the country.

They wanted attention. Well, by God, they got it.

My opinions.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | February 26, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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