Prepare yourselves for Salahi, Inc.
The White House gatecrashers are going to be on reality TV, according to the Daily Beast. Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the couple who made their way into President Obama's first State Dinner, will be the focus of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of D.C." when it premieres in July.
The Bravo cameras were already filming the Salahis during the White House incident last November, and until now it hasn't been clear whether the network would edit the couple out of the series before airdate. But Bravo has ultimately decided to put the Salahis in the forefront of the action. The Salihis will be doing the promotional circuit to promote "The Real Housewives of D.C." closer to the premiere, including an already scheduled appearance with Matt Lauer on "Today" on May 27.
Also in the works: A Salahi tell-all book. "People will be surprised when the truth about the Salahis is finally told," the Salahis' literary agent, Sharlene Martin, told the Beast.
So what if their prank cost presidential social secretary Desiree Rogers her job? So what if the couple are still the subject of a government investigation, and have refused to testify on how they crashed the dinner? That's just the way it is. Reality TV has become a reward and an image makeover opportunity for legally compromised figures like the Salahis and Rod Blagojevich, who is now starring on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice."
Will you let the Salahis crash into your living room?
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