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Salahis not stars of DC "Housewives," other cast insists

White House party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi are not the stars of Bravo's upcoming "The Real Housewives of D.C." and their White House partying ways are, in fact "one small snippet" of the first season, two of the non-Michaele cast members said Thursday with all the certainty of people who have not yet seen any of the episodes.


Mary Amons and Stacie Turner with Erika Martin Hughes on "Real Housewives of D.C." (Kevin Wolf, AP/Bravo)

The "one small snippet" line was Mary Schmidt Amons's. She's the wealthy granddaughter of '50s broadcast Arthur Godfrey cum McLean mother of five. She's the one you're going to see in the first episode telling Stacie Scott Turner - a real estate agent and the show's only African American cast member - that Washington hair salons "need to integrate" because, "we have different hair, different needs, but why do we need to be in different salons?"

On a phone conference call with The Reporters Who Cover Television, Mary wanted to make sure everyone understood the show "is not all about the Salahis."

"We spent five months together, and we spent a lot of time sharing our stories, and I think that the American public is going to be really interested and inspired by our stories," she said, sounding very much like someone who's none too happy about having been upstaged by Michaele Salahi.

"I think viewers are going to be so surprised to find out the White House Party crash is not the crescendo of the show," added Stacie, who was the other housewife on the call.

One reporter wondered whether the Salahis, whose party crashing ways got them all the way to NBC's "Today" show - twice -- had "tarnished" the "Real Housewives" show. This, of course, was asked by a guy -- who clearly is out of his depth trying to cover "The Real Housewives" story, because otherwise he'd know "tarnished" would be an improvement to this gloriously tacky franchise.

He put the question to Stacie only. Because Mary, shortly after being asked how much she had been paid to do the show and responding, after a long, annoyed pause, that she was not comfortable with the question, suddenly vanished from the call and only returned for the call's last few minutes, explaining "Matt put a baseball through our living room window." (Matt's one of her children.)

Anyway, Stacie answered the guys' question, saying the whole gate-crashing thing threw all the other housewives "totally off guard."

"It was so unbelievable because they'd been nothing but nice and normal around us," Stacie said, adding, "things did change a little bit after that point."

"I was just shocked that anybody would have the gall to crash a party like that," Stacie said, later in the call after taking the umpteenth question about the Salahis and a note had started to creep into her voice suggesting she was starting to think the Salahis had pulled a fast one and hijacked this show.

"I couldn't personally imagine - it just makes you wonder: did they really believe they were invited? I can't imagine who would have the gumption to do that," Stacie asked rhetorically.

In reality - the real reality, not the made-for-TV reality - the five housewives of DC did all not know each other before being cast in this series. Or, so said Stacie, now flying solo on the phone call.

This came as a surprise to some reporters, who had come away from all the Bravo hype thinking they were, you know, people who knew each other. Except Brit Catherine Ashley Ommanney, who is playing the role of a relative newcomer in town.

"I did not know any of the ladies intimately. I had met Mary a couple of times - we have mutual friends, we had crossed paths," Stacie said, adding nicely, "it was great getting to know them."

Both women, who seemed intimately familiar with the other iterations of the "Real Housewives" franchise, said they were approached by the producers about doing the show and gave it a lot of thought before agreeing to participate.

Stacie said she agreed to do the show after the producers won her over with talk about "their vision for the show" and how the DC "Housewives" was going to be oh so different than the other "Housewives" series on Bravo that have become such a ratings hit with all their loony table- flipping fights and vampire accusations.

The producers told Stacie how "the backdrop of DC makes for a different story," "there will be different storylines you haven't seen before," and "we have some really important provocative substantive conversations about political issues" on this version, she explained.

"Our producers are more interested in featuring these five ladies, and what they do and bring to the city, rather than any catfights and drama," Mary said, in her pre-Matt Put Baseball Through Window phase -- proving she had not seen the first episode.

"I think overall our show is going to be very different in that it's going to be much less about dramas than it is about issues and political views -- and all that stuff," Mary said.

Asked what political issues would be front-and-center on the show, Stacie brought up the issue of gay marriage. Mary did not weigh in, but she'd vanished at that point.

But, when asked if we were going to see any politicians in "The Real Housewives of D.C." Stacie quickly responded, "You know they can't do that."

This was intriguing. We wanted to hear more. She had more to say:

"One of the things that was really difficult in terms of casting, is that in DC so many people who are in politics -- it's super-conservative -- there are so many people that couldn't do the show for that reason, and confidentiality," she explained.

Wait a minute! House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CIA director Leon Panetta, and White House assistant chief Sam Kass have been booked to appear in this season's episodes of Bravo's "Top Chef: DC"!

We let it go.


By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 22, 2010; 4:49 PM ET
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Best comment of the whole story -

"One reporter wondered whether the Salahis, whose party crashing ways got them all the way to NBC's "Today" show - twice -- had "tarnished" the "Real Housewives" show. This, of course, was asked by a guy -- who clearly is out of his depth trying to cover "The Real Housewives" story, because otherwise he'd know "tarnished" would be an improvement to this gloriously tacky franchise."

I would consider being "clearly out" of my depth in covering a "Real Housewives" story to be the best way to be and a supreme compliment.

All of these shows clearly show the worst and craziest of women - none of whom any of us would want to emulate or use as a role model. They are materialistic back-stabbers and they all need serious therapy. Not one single woman seems to have it together in any way.

Posted by: GKALE | July 22, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Michaele Salahi posts on her facebook page that she is the star of the show and it is the most anticipated show ever. Tell her what you think.
Join our Facebook page: Tell the White House Party Crashers to Go Away
http://www.facebook.com/WhiteHousePartyCrashers

Posted by: seraphina2 | July 22, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse


First time for be to watch this show.
The reason. The Salahi's.

Posted by: lisag1 | July 22, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Wrong! Just watching for that salhiee's b! t ch's cootie.

Posted by: Rocc00 | July 22, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, just so you know ... by making any mention at all of the Salahis being on the show, "The TV Column" is part of the reason people believe they're a bigger part of the show than they are.

Posted by: carrdona | July 23, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Lisa, just so you know ... by making any mention at all of the Salahis being on the show, "The TV Column" is part of the reason people believe they're a bigger part of the show than they are.

Posted by: carrdona | July 23, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

What, pray tell, is the point of this show if not to feature dramatics and crazy antics? That's the only reason people watch Real Housewives. They're not going to watch for "political discussion" and neither will I! BRING THE DRAMA, REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DC...BRING IT!!!!

Posted by: crzytwnman | July 23, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

If any of the women cast on the Real Housewives of DC are under the impression that a) it's going to be 'very different and about issues' and b) not focusing on the Salahis then they are either lying or supremely stupid.

These women are not real anything. They are not real DC socialites. They are not real housewives. The only thing real about this show is the money Bravo's going to be making on it.

Posted by: akhix2001 | July 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

????

Posted by: newman5 | July 23, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

For the unknowing, the poster "lisag1" is Michaele a/k/a "Missy" Salahi.

She always opines,
When she goes on-line,
How the Salahis are really so great!

But please be assured,
It’s Missy at the keyboard,
To post again, she simply can’t wait.

[Calling herself ‘Susan’ or ‘Lisag1’ or ‘Mary’ or ‘Deborah’ or ‘Morgan’, etc.].

You might ask how can one tell?
Well, it sure rings a bell,
When the poster can’t spell,
And the comments are so poorly written.

Seems Missy is lacking,
In basic punctuation tracking,
And her grammar is quite atrocious.

Perhaps she should look,
At her old high school text books.
Her comments are most surely precocious.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | July 23, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

..."We spent five months together, and we spent a lot of time sharing our stories, and I think that the American public is going to be really interested and inspired by our stories," she said...

VOMIT VOMIT VOMIT VOMIT VOMIT VOMIT VOMIT

I am so let down by this country and it's morals everyday, day in and day out. It's sad that this ultra privileged, affluent "member of society, REAL Housewife" believes that people will be interested and inspired by watching this show. The worse part about it is, it's probably true. Dumb dumb dumb dumb people.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | July 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

this is too funny.what on earth do they have to talk about other than botox and dieting.they are a bunch of nobodies, grifters, and obviously they have emotional issues, let's hope! I think Bravo comes into town looking for the craziest, most desperate social climbers who seem to be willing to do anything to get their botoxed mugs on tv.They look for numbskulls with some money because they don't pay them very much, As delusional and wacky as this group sounds i think i will pass on DC housewives. Yuck!

Posted by: newman5 | July 23, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

This is one show I won't waste my time on....

Posted by: clarkesq | July 23, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the show.
"lawpool" sorry you are so empty and jealous of michaele. try eventually you will get your own life. Michaele we all love you and are excited for the show.

Posted by: lisag1 | July 24, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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