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Salahis actually shy with press on "SNL" question

[This blog entry has been updated]

Will Tareq and Michaele Salahi do a walk-on, on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live"?

Here's what we know:

As of Thursday, the NBC late-night show was planning to open with a skit in which, with cast members playing all the parts, President Obama would give a speech with his cabinet behind him. Suddenly, he's interrupted by the Salahis, who have crashed the speech -- Michaele Salahi in a red,red sari, just like the one she wore when she and her husband allegedly crashed that White House state dinner last month.

But word started getting out Friday that the Actual Salahis might also pop up in the bit.

A visit to "SNL's" 30 Rock studio might have come around the same time they were trying to get up to New York to appear on NBC's "Today" show.

(The Salahis are practically a part of the NBC Universal family, what with them being the most visible "possible" participants in the upcoming "Real Housewives of DC" on NBC Universal-owned Bravo cable network.)

Remember how, during their "Today" visit with Matt Lauer on Tuesday via-satellite from Washington,Tareq told Matt as he dodged yet another question, "Well, what we're going to do, we're going to definitely work with the Secret Service... to really shed light on this, and we're going to be coming up to New York, sitting on your couch - we're going to show you documentation from e-mails that, you know, you'll get a chance to see."

Well, there had been some talk of the Salahis cozying up on that couch with Matt on Friday, but those plans did not materialize. The Salahis instead showed up at the Warren County courthouse Friday morning so Tareq could turn over his Patek Philippe watch to pay off the $2,000-ish they owe their lawn mower.

At one point during those courtroom activities, a local Fox reporter asked Tareq about the report that the Salahis were doing a cameo on "SNL" the next night.

Tareq did not seem surprised by the question, The Post's James Hohmann told The TV Column. Instead, he "half-shrugged," turned, and nodded to his attorney, who said they would have no comment, Hohmann reports.

We called a "SNL" rep for comment, who explained they "never comment on who is guest starring on 'Saturday Night Live'" - as though somehow sensing we needed a good laugh.

"It's a live show," she added helpfully.


The Salahis did not crash the "SNL" opening skit, which was amusing nonetheless:

By Lisa de Moraes  |  December 4, 2009; 6:44 PM ET
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Pookie, Michale's dress wasn't a sari. It's a lehenga.

Posted by: TigerLily81 | December 4, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I will lose all respect for NBC and SNL if they allow these people to get anywhere near a TV studio. Their shams, lies, and hoaxes are being exposed by the minute; NBC needs to take the high road and distance themselves from this whole mess.

Posted by: dwmckinney1 | December 4, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

One would think that a show so keen on ego-reduction as SNL would not stoop to promoting two potential felons and generally endorsing their truly deplorable behavior.

Yes, the skit in which they would appear would mock them, but it's become apparent that the Salahis will revel in any sort of limelight, positive or negative. To bring them on the show would be irresponsible and only encourage their actions.

Lorne, take a stand for editorial independence from the network suits!

Posted by: Akger117 | December 5, 2009 4:21 AM | Report abuse

If they show up on Saturday Night Live, there should be a national ban on NBC and Comcast

Posted by: DCGuyme | December 5, 2009 5:49 AM | Report abuse

an appearance on SNL is practically required in this situation!

Posted by: beana2 | December 5, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Finally, the Salahis get a real job. Today on SNL. Tomorrow turning burgers at Wendy's!

Go girl/guy!

Posted by: James10 | December 5, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on, people. How else can the society celebrity magazines and television outlets make a buck? I say we give TARP funds to the salahi's so they can boost our economy! Maybe a porn flick.....maybe a new show..."Cuckolded husbands of Scaggsville"!

Posted by: swatkins1 | December 5, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Why do we as a society reward people for this behavior ?
The USA is truly in decline. Next!

Posted by: chilblain | December 5, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"I will lose all respect for NBC and SNL if they allow these people to get anywhere near a TV studio..."

"One would think that a show so keen on ego-reduction as SNL would not stoop to promoting two potential felons..."

Get a grip, you two, or seek counseling.

First, if SNL has the Salahis on and actually gives them speaking parts, it will bomb, they're about as deep as Sarah Palin (Hello: Shallow Warming!). In fact, it would be much funnier to parody the Salahis with cast members than to have them present.

However, second and more importantly, there is NO evidence of a felony, otherwise they would have been arrested, or at least interviewed by the police.

As much as we may dislike these "reality" TV stars (especially their children who are carried away by UFO-shaped balloons), the Secret Service blew it; that's the story.

In fact, if the Salahis are on SNL, it will be funny to see SNL slam the Secret Service, and the Secret Service deserves to be slammed. In fact, the Salahis would probably wise to NOT appear in such a skit, which would really get them on the Secret Service's radar screen.

Posted by: jjedif | December 5, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

SNL is like ambien..... puts you to sleep right away....

Posted by: analgesic33 | December 5, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

SNL sucks, these gate crashers suck, and if they come together it will be the suckfest of the century.

And then Tom Shales will write an article Monday morning about how great it was.

Posted by: Sam888 | December 5, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I think NBC and SNL should think twice about having these scam artists on the show. They are no different then Bernie Madoff in my eyes.

Posted by: shoreterp1 | December 5, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Jeeze, the media has GOT to stop celebrating people like these, the Octomom, the Palins - all of those fame-seeking, uninteresting, predominantly ignorant fools.

Posted by: kemp13 | December 5, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Lisa, why give this minute question any attention/ Your insights are usually great, but please show your class and taste and shun further blather on the Salamis. Thanks.

Posted by: axolotl | December 5, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Would NBC and SNL really stoop this low? Ummm... I'm thinking...

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 5, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't anybody have a sense of humor anymore? The Salahi's are pathetically trying to gain status by whatever means necessary. I find that absurdly laughable. Did you read the story about Michaele fraudulently participating in the redskinette alumni thing? She couldn't do any of the cheers and was out of step the whole time. Hilarious.

I'll bet there will be a comedy made about these two someday...

Posted by: mikem1 | December 5, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for poking fun at the latest news stories, but if this turns out to be true, what NBC will have done is cave into the very whims of what the Salahi's want - media attention. Although they shamelssly huckster themselves at every turn, in their wake they leave debt and deceit. If NBC is comfortable with that they might find themselves in the wake of some major backlash.
There hasn't been a day that has gone by since they crashed the WH dinner that another story of con and lies hasn't emerged, let's wait for the Salahi's to come clean about their deceptions before their given any type of forum - From Prison!

Posted by: ktlsull1 | December 5, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

NBC under it's current CEO has turned NBC into a cash cow, rehashing crappy reality programs and cutting more substantial programs. Now, we have talk about the Salahi's going on SNL? That is disgusting and disgraceful. These people are nothing more than publicity hounds who would sell their parents and siblings to the highest bidder if it were legal for them to do so. Why must NBC expose the masses of less educated and intelligent Americans to more unscrupulous and lowest common denominator trash? It is time to pull the plug on America's trashy commercial television.

Posted by: kerryberger | December 5, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The only TV these two should have been on this week was C-SPAN for the House Homeland Security hearing into the matter. But since they decided not to show up, they're going to get subpoenaed instead. Then they have to show up, and this committee takes testimony under oath.

Posted by: kmcandrew | December 5, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: tomswift96 | December 5, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Please make it stop. Please make it stop. Please make it stop. Please make it stop. Please make it....

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | December 5, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

BTW: Fox's Wanda Sykes Show is promoting a skit featuring the Faux Duo.

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | December 5, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"I will lose all respect for NBC and SNL..." dwmckinney1, please tell me you didn't type that with a straight face....

Posted by: logic101 | December 5, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The Salahis are just a couple of high society wannabes who are living beyond their means and who intentionally draw negative media attention to themselves in the hopes of profiting financially from their bad behavior.

It would be best (and most damaging to their petty objectives) if everyone simply ignored them.

Posted by: labman57 | December 5, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Who watches SNL after we lost the wonderful Gilda Radner ? These people need to be sent a dead fish message by Rahmbo . They are endangering our nation by revealing how lame this executive is .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | December 5, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

It's all so torrid!

But, I do wonder who will play Desiree.

Posted by: dadada | December 5, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | December 5, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Come on people....Who owns Bravo??? That's right, it's NBC. Who do you think is in front of all this? Real Housewives of DC, that's who. They are paying Michaele and tellinig her what to do. You don't think that these two could come up with all this, do you?

Posted by: FrontRoyalguy | December 5, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Salahis are catching all this grief because they were a potential threat to the President or simply because they got egg all over The One's face? Would you be so outraged with them if they had crashed a BUSH White House party?

Guys, if anything we should be thanking them for exposing a critical hole in White House security *without getting anyone killed for a change*. Yes, it was embarrassing to the Secret Service but embarrassing they can fix. If the Salahis did something illegal (and it's not entirely clear that they did) they'll be dealt with in a legal manner. Marching on them with pitchforks and torches doesn't help repair Obama's reputation in the slightest: if anything it makes you, his rabid followers look - well, rabid.

Posted by: orionca | December 5, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

It is George Bush's fault!!!!...

Posted by: DL13 | December 6, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

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