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Posted at 12:35 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Update: Michaele Salahi is off "Celebrity Rehab," after all that

By The Reliable Source

Tareq and Michaele Salahi (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Well, that was fast: Michaele Salahi is off "Celebrity Rehab." On Monday, VH1 confirmed that the reality starlet from Northern Virginia had joined the cast; Salahi released a statement saying she would focus on "the private pains and personal struggles she endured" after crashing a White House state dinner, according to the Warren County Report. One day later, the show cut her loose. In a statement, VH1 said the program's treatment is "intended for individuals with serious substance abuse and addiction issues. Prior to the taping of the current season, producers were advised that Michaele Salahi met the criteria to be treated in this setting. However, professional assessments spanning from that time to the present, found that she did not meet such criteria." Guess addiction to fame doesn't count.

See earlier: Michaele Salahi confirmed for VH1's "Celebrity Rehab," but without Tareq

By The Reliable Source  | March 9, 2011; 12:35 AM ET
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Statement from VH1:

"Prior to the taping of the current season, producers were advised that Michaele Salahi was a celebrity. However, professional assessments spanning from that time to the present, found that she is in fact, not one."

Posted by: growler55 | March 9, 2011 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Oh rats! I was so waiting to see how this dysfunctional couple could top their past actions. Wonder if they'll have to hitchhike back to Va?

Posted by: semilost44 | March 9, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"Salahi released a statement saying she would focus on "the private pains and personal struggles she endured" after crashing a White House state dinner."

Self-inflicted wounds. No one cares, besides her (and maybe her hubby).

Michaele, just go away. Shoo, shoo, scat!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 9, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Go home Michelle and smoke a lot of "crack" and we'll get back with you.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 9, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, being addicted to attention or fame-whoring or hot chocolate or spray-on tanning oil or stilettos or lying or cheating or defrauding or writing bad checks or filing false police reports or manufacturing documents or stiffing your creditors or charity scams or general grifting or posing as something you're not-- just isn't enough to qualify for "Celebrity Rehab".

Oh well, as Tareq so eloquently stated on national television,

"There will always be more State Dinners."

Posted by: LAWPOOL | March 9, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Growler55, semilost44 and LAWPOOL!

Damn, it's great to see those names again.

Sounds like Tareq was losing his mind with the separation anxiety and was frantically calling the place driving everyone insane. In short, pretty much a repeat of the RHODC premier press tour.

So now we know which of them can't make it without the other. But I guess we already knew that, didn't we?

I'm just sorry Amy and Roxanne had to use up their meager Salahi allowance for something that fizzled so quickly!

Posted by: MeriJ | March 9, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Please!!! NO more about these dreadful people! You only fuel their one apparent addiction: to publicity!

Nosy Parker is right! Just go away Salahis!
Shoo! Shoo!

Posted by: Sandirs1 | March 9, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Just when you thought that these two couldn't possibly humiliate themselves any further. Being actually on Celebrity Rehab is humiliating enough, but getting kicked off for faking an addiction? Priceless...

They must be getting pretty desperate for cash at this point now that their Polo-con has been completely shut down. And for the life of me, I can't think of any sort of employment (including minimum wage) that they could get - even if they wanted gainful employment. Any ideas anyone?

Posted by: jennifers1 | March 9, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

jennifers1: Good to see you post again.

In answer to your question, I'm thinking they could probably land some employment mucking stalls while living in the barn [not my stalls or barn, however!].

Who knows, it could be the start of something big. With Missy's Nordstrum's make-up background perhaps she could become an "equine cosmetics professional". And Tareq, being the successful vinter that he is, might be able to creat a new "American Celebration Wine" from horse urine. Stranger things have happened.

And, as Tareq & Missy are fond of saying, I would be remiss without the requisite

Posted by: LAWPOOL | March 9, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

And, by the way, given the "Celebrity Rehab" trainwreck that has unfolded, I also would be remiss if I did not share this most relevant video link. Turn your volume up and enjoy.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | March 9, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

A few weeks ago, Salahis taped a segment for ABC's 20/20. Topic, workplace discrimination of employees suffering from disabilities, Michaele to discuss her own experiences (hinting at Bravo) in relation to her MS. She bragged on her facebook page that she was going to be the new spokesperson for these poor neglected people. After this, she starts filming on Celeb. Rehab and gets the boot. No evidence of addiction and appears no MS either. Today Tareq Salahi claims in TMZ interview, Celeb Rehab violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and going to expose realty tv and this on ABC 20/20. A coincedence? Since they already filmed one segment, is this beginning to look like Salahis deliberately setup Celebrity Rehab, to bolster their appearance on 20/20? This really smells fishy!

Posted by: MKurtz1 | March 9, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

jennifers1: ditto on what LAWPOOL said about seeing you again.

Since Michaele (or maybe Tareq) often posted as "Jennifer," I always had to look carefully for the number 1 at the end of your name. The outcome was cool, either way, because their sock puppets are amusing to read and you always had something smart to say.

At this point I can't imagine a career for them other than the sad one they've been pursuing of late. They're pretty much trapped. VH-1 took a chance on them, despite knowing how it worked out for Bravo. Who would risk doing anything with Michaele now, knowing that Mr. Zero Impulse Control would arrive in the same package?

Posted by: MeriJ | March 9, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I will be scorned for saying this, but the only realistic option would be to give them their own reality show.

There are any number of set-ups that would work, playing off of their over the top personality disorders. I do think more people would have watched Celebrity Rehab because Michaele was on. Taken individually, they are odd. Taken together, they are unlike any couple I’ve encountered, real or in fiction.

The problem is that they aren’t just kooky and delusional. They also do scary evil things. Reality execs tend to assume they can contain the crazy people they put on display. But these two have a way of slipping out of their cage ... and then biting the hand that feeds them. It’s just not worth it.

Posted by: MeriJ | March 9, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@LAWPOOL- Thx for posting the clip! It's a frickin' riot and definitely gets to the point. I highly recommend to others that this is a must view!

@MeriJ- Thx for the mention and good to see the "old gang" also....;)

Posted by: semilost44 | March 9, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see a show w/ the Salahis and the Cast of Jersey Shore...would be a real "braintrust" and fun to watch.

Posted by: bcaricofe | March 9, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

semilos144: If you enjoyed that, you might enjoy these as well:

And this last one [not for those of delicate sensibilities]:

Enjoy and, as Tareq would say, Cheers!!!!

Posted by: LAWPOOL | March 9, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

MKurtz1: The Salahis were indeed interviewed for that forthcoming 2O:20 episode on reality TV, along with many others, I'm sure.

But I think Tareq's totally blowing smoke about their prominence on the episode. What's more likely is that he blustered some nonsense about being involved in a 20:20 expose while trying to bully the rehab people and that contributed to them deciding to cut their losses.

He's such an idiot.

Posted by: MeriJ | March 9, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Goodness no - not or even remotely related to the Salahis. I have a rudimentary grasp of grammar and can communicate complete thoughts.

Speaking of old friends however, I wonder where LisaG is? Does the dynamic duo not have WiFi service on the bus back from California? I was actually always a little jealous that I wasn't accused of being "Rachel" whoever, and only called a jealous hater once...

Posted by: jennifers1 | March 9, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I said the same thing on FB just a couple of days ago -- about being jealous of Holly1971 and LAWPOOL for never drawing the “you’re Rachel Janickey Harshman in disguise” accusation.

A few hours later I received a very sweet message from the real Rachel H. Totally made my night. Perhaps it will work for you too, jennifers1!

Yeah, I would guess "Lisag1" and her alter egos aren't within free WiFi range at the moment. Either that or they're busy composing press releases to warn us to look for big announcements soon.

If they had a lick of sense, they would not bad mouth VH-1 in any way. But they don't. So here comes the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Posted by: MeriJ | March 9, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: pejochum | March 10, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Salahis busted trying to party crash celebrity rehab. better security than the white house!

Posted by: holymoley1 | March 10, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

...damn baby killers...

Posted by: bromo999 | March 10, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Salahi’s biggest nightmare: Holding a press conference and no one shows up.

Posted by: SidelinesObservant | March 11, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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