Executives at Bravo have finally had it with White House Gatecrashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi.
Well — it took ‘em long enough!
Word on The Curb has it that the network has opted to drop The Salahis from the proposed second season of the ill-received Real Housewives of DC.
Bravo bosses are furious that Tareq and Michaele have failed to be the ratings gems they’d hoped they would be when they inked the devious pair to a contract earlier this year, well-placed tattles tell PopEater.com. After risking a public relations nightmare by casting the Northern Virginians for its’ DC Housewives series, the network is reportedly ready to cut its losses.
“The DC show is the only show in the entire franchise that isn’t a true hit, and the Salahi’s are the biggest reason for that. At first, execs thought they struck gold with all the attention the couple got over the White House dinner. But now they realize not all press is good press and this couple’s involvement in the show has turned more viewers off than on.”
In addition, The Salahis have also rubbed their employers the wrong way by blaming Bravo for their unwillingness to offer further comment about how they illegally gained access to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on the night of The First Couple’s first State Dinner. The Salahis claim to have “iron-clad” contracts with Bravo that prohibit them from talking about crashing the State Dinner. Bravo, on the other hand, denies that claim. On Wednesday, the network released this statement in its defense:
“The notion that the Salahis have been barred under their contracts relating to The Real Housewives of D.C. from speaking about their attendance at the White House State Dinner is simply not true. From the time of the incident until now, Bravo and Half Yard Productions, the producer of the series, have consistently and repeatedly stated to the Salahis and their representatives that they were free to speak to press, law enforcement, Congress and anyone else about attending the State Dinner. Indeed, they have given multiple press interviews on that very subject.”
Tareq and Michaele are currently promoting a new tell-all book, titled Cirque du Salahi, about their lives on the Washington polo circuit and the infamous Nov. 2009 incident that shot them to fame.