Bravo polls viewers: Do you want more Salahis?
As Bravo network mulled the pros and cons of featuring on its upcoming "Real Housewives of DC" reality series a couple that, on the one hand, deeply embarrassed the White House but, on the other hand, got gobs of luscious publicity for deeply embarrassing the White House, it decided to poll viewers for their thoughts on Michaele and Tareq Salahi.
This included asking whether you'd think less of Bravo if it gave the Salahis their own reality series.
The poll has been yanked since word of it got out to the press Wednesday morning.
But when it was online, the poll, which was being conducted by Research Results -- a company that says it's affiliated with NBC Universal -- wondered whether you:
Have No Opinion
in re whether
a) "featuring this couple on a reality show would be rewarding their actions (duh)
b)Michaele is great eye candy (really?)
c)You think it would be in poor taste to give them their own reality show (oxymoron)
d)They are train wreck characters who you would love to see more of (yup)
and so on.
Far more ominously, the poll included a question as to whether, "if a network gave [the Salahis] their own reality show it would negatively influence [your] opinion of that network."
The poll also asked what are the first words that pop into your head when you think of "The White House [Alleged] Gate Crashers" according to trade publication Broadcasting & Cable, which first reported news of the poll, conducted by an outfit called Research Results, Inc. which says it's an "independent marketing research and data collection" company that intends to deliver the results to NBC Universal.
A rep for Bravo declined to comment when called.
In the latest edition of our own reality series about the Salahis, "Publicity Hunters," "60 Minutes's" Steve Kroft asked the President of the United States exactly how angry he was that the Salahis managed to infiltrate the White House the night of the now infamous state dinner.
President Obama assured Kroft he was hopping mad, saying that while he does not like living in the POTUS "bubble," "I also want to make sure my family is safe - it won't happen again."
The Salahis, of course, are already the stars of a federal investigation. and a Congressional committee wants to meet them too, voting to subpoena them for a Jan. 20 hearing, although, sadly, their reps have said they'll take the Fifth at that bash. Adding to the fun, Virginia authorities are looking into the couple's America's Polo Cup.
Bravo has been consistently coy when asked whether the Alleged White House Gate Crashers are definitely going to participate in "Real Housewives of DC," which is expected to debut in 2010.
But the Salahis have already starred in an episode of NBC Universal's "Today Show," speaking to America's Sweetheart Matt Lauer via satellite on Dec. 1 about how the repercussions of having allegedly snuck into the White House dinner has been the "most devastating thing that's ever happened to us." They continue to insist they were invited guests.
Lisa de Moraes
December 16, 2009; 1:56 PM ET
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