Michaele Salahi and husband Tareq Salahi appeared on Fox & Friends this morning, during which Michaele revealed for the first time publicly that she has been battling multiple sclerosis for 17 years.
The Real Housewives of DCstars appeared on the show to promote their new book Cirque du Salahi: Be Careful Who You Trust, written by Diane Dimond. The book, which is being released today, promises to reveal the whole truth about the lives of the Salahis, as well as tell their side of the story when it comes to the now infamous White House party crashing incident.
As for why Michaele, 44, has kept her disease quiet for 17 years, she tells PEOPLE: “No one wants to be seen as sickly… And I didn’t want to be pitied.” Michaele also cites the disease, and not anorexia, for her thin frame.
When it comes to what keeps her going, Michaele tells PEOPLE it’s keeping a positive attitude. “The only way I can deal with it is to smile and act like I can get through it.”
Reading some comments on other sites, it seems some readers who are familiar with the disease are a bit skeptical of Michaele’s claims. One can only hope no one, not even the Salahis, would make up a lie of this magnitude.
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Following a one week hiatus for reasons unknown, the Real Housewives of DC returned last night with the airing of the 5th episode of the season, titled “Special Interests.“
The episode began where we left off two weeks ago, with Tareq Salahi about to drop a bomb on Mary Amons, you know, because when you invite people over for dinner, confronting them over asinine issues and accusing their daughter of a crime is always the way to make them feel right at home and comfortable.
Tareq begins to tell a story of how a $90,000 car and $30,000 worth of polo gear was stolen from his charity. Tareq then drops a bombshell when he tells Mary cops have informed him that her daughter, Lolly Amons, was an accomplice to the crime based on some facebook postings she had made, admitting to enjoying a joy ride. And I have to ask myself, is this really the time or place to bring this up?
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Coming up on the 5th episode of the season: A fun vineyard grape stomp turns sour when Michaele and Tareq make upsetting accusations about Mary’s daughter. Meanwhile, Cat tries to get a political party fired up.
RadarOnline is reporting that in tonight’s episode, Tareq will accuse one of Mary’s daughters of being linked to the theft of his personal belongings — polo gear — a claim that Mary denies to the site.
“It was very upsetting and disturbing to have your daughter falsely accused of something,” Mary Amons told Radar. “What was so upsetting, they actually don’t accuse her any crime, but being friends with someone who wronged them. She made a Facebook comment about whatever happened — it was a benign comment, which you will see.”
It seems the fact that the Salahis decided to drag her daughter into something that happened years ago isn’t sitting too well with Mary. “I don’t care if it was true or not, but the fact that these people decided to bring something up that ‘apparently’ occurred years ago and to link to my daughter, I think was unfair. To put this on national television speaks to their character,” said Mary, who shares she has developed a close bond with all of her castmates with the exception of Michaele.
And finally, the Washington Post is reporting today that Mary and her husband Rich Amons have put their home up on the market. The asking price? $2.35 million. Let’s hope all is well financially with the Amons, because putting one’s home on the market is usually a sign of financial hardship when it comes to Bravo housewives.
According to Bravo’s schedule, there will be no new episode of the Real Housewives of DC airing tonight, there is however news to report on the show.
The NYTimes published a story this week about Charles Ommanney, now estranged husband of Cat Ommanney. Charles, a White House photographer who has been featured on the show this season, apparently regrets doing the reality show.
In the piece by the NYTimes, Charles, who is described as a private guy, expresses his regret in appearing on the show which he says has now overshadowed his previous accomplishments, refers to Cat as his ex-wife, and says he doesn’t watch the show because watching his old life play out on television is simply “too painful.”
“I haven’t seen it, but I’ve seen the previews and I made a promise to myself to not sit and watch my ex-wife,” said Charles who is described as sounding miserable. “It’s just too painful. I’ve got eight more weeks of hundreds of Facebook requests from people I don’t know. I’d almost like to go and live in Katmandu. I have very few regrets in my life, but this is the one.”
Cat is described as a summer fling of Charles’s from 1989 who got back in touch with him in 2008 after two children and an infamous kiss with Prince Harry, a story she reportedly sold to the UK tabloids. The two have two marriages between them.
After five months of dating, Catherine followed Charles to Washington DC with her two children in tow. About a year later, Cat began filming for the Bravo reality show while Charles had become a father to her girls.
The NYTimes reports the two separated shortly after the show taping wrapped up in November, following less than 2 years of marriage. Cat’s book is reportedly on hold as she plans on moving from London back to Washington in the coming week. Cat’s children will remain in England due to the custody agreement Cat has with their father.
As for Charles, he reportedly fled the city. “Primarily I was embarrassed,” he told the mag. “Secondly, people didn’t want anything to do with it. People were like: ‘Are there going to be cameras there? I don’t want dinner. Are there people from Bravo filming it? Are you miked?’ ”
Charles adds that he ultimately did the show to make his wife happy. “But, at the end of the day, it was innocent. I wanted happiness for someone I was in love with. I put all my reservations aside and said: ‘Go for it. Do it if it makes you happy.’ Then I regretted it. I lost touch with everyone, and mix that with my marriage falling apart and the show taking over, it was very sad.”
Cat, who is shown as being very rude and obnoxious on the show, showed her human side, when she told the mag, “Every time I see Charles, especially last week, when he comes and surprises me on a photo shoot, and the look of love for him I have, and the admiration I had and in some way still have — it’s painful.”
Cat also shares she is doing some soul searching after watching her portrayal on television. “The fact that I am set up to be the villain, I could probably have lived with if I was still in my life with my husband and family,” she said. “But having all that gone has been incredibly challenging, and I’ve had to do a lot of soul searching about how we’ve got to this point.”
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The 4th episode of the Real Housewives of DC aired last night, and boy oh boy, did it tell us a lot about the Salahis.
The episode titled The Grape Stomp of Wrath was a perfect foreshadow to what is to come later on this season. I was going to wait until next week to start doing the DC recaps but after watching last night’s episode, I say let’s get right to it!
The episode starts out with Lynda cooking a meal for her family. In the kitchen with her is her younger boytoy boyfriend Ebong Eka. Something about this union just robs me the wrong way. I can’t decide who’s using who. Ebong’s 35 and Lynda’s 52. Lynda also mentioned in a previous episode that she has no desire to get married again or have any more children. At 35, does Ebong have any kids? If not, does he not want any? Has he ever been married? If not, does he not plan on ever marrying?
Is he with her for the money? Is she with him for the arm candy? It just seems like an interesting relationship. A little search on Ebong shows he was raised in Canada, born to Nigerian parents. He is also a Certified Public Accountant with a taste for designer fashion. Nothing out of the norm. Perhaps I’m just reading too much into things, and these are just two adults in a healthy happy genuine relationship. Only time will tell.
Next, we see Stacie having a get together with her sorority sisters. Stacie, who is adopted, explains she has found her birth mother, who just happens to be Caucasian. Stacie also reveals her birth father is of Nigerian nationality, and does not know of her existence. And this scene is a perfect example of why the DC franchise has a bit more substance than the others. Race, politics, and other “controversial” topics don’t seem to be off limit.
Stacie shares that her birth mom wants to keep her a secret and is not willing to tell her who her birth father is. As Stacie tells her story, we see her sorors, who all look very camera ready and aware that this might be on national television, occasionally chime in.
It’s the opening day for Celebrity Hair Stylist Ted Gibson’s DC salon. Mary is very proud of the monumental day, as she is tired of people referring to DC as the “Hollywood for ugly people.” And in case the Ted Gibson name rings a bell, it’s because Ted also happens to be the hair stylist for Kate Gosselin. Michaele makes her entrance and declares her love for Ted, who thanks her for sponsoring the event. Mary however makes in clear in her voice over interview that she is the one responsible for Ted’s big day, and Michaele is only responsible for providing the store bought wine. Something about Mary is giving me Jill Zarin. Will touch more on that later.
As she’s getting her hair washed, Mary chats it up with Ted, and looks for reassurance that she’s still his #1 favorite girl in the whole entire world. The event starts and the other housewives excluding Stacie are in attendance. Cat makes her mandatory rude comments, and we see Lynda chatting it up with Michaele following their not so nice words of exchange in a previous episode. Lynda makes it clear she doesn’t like to hold grudges. “I don’t hold bad energy, it’s just not worth it to me,” says Lynda, who prefers to get her attorneys involved in joking matters.
“It seems like Tareq and Michaele have used their wine as a bit of a bartering system to get into places and to get to know important people,” says Mary, who seems to have a pretty good read on the Salahis. I always find it interesting how certain couples just manage to find one another. You ever know a slimy person, who just happened to marry another equally slimy individual? The Salahis are a good example of this. They just seem made for one another.
In the 4th episode this season, titled ‘The Grape Stomp of Wrath,’ Lynda deals with the stress of moving from her Georgetown condo to a sprawling suburban mansion to accommodate her grown children, while Stacie opens up about her birth mother.
Cat raises suspicions that there may be more than meets the eye with Michaele and Tareq (you don’t say Cat). In an effort to patch things up with the rest of the ladies, Michaele reaches out and invites everyone out to her winery for an old fashion grape stomp.
The new episode airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c.
In other DC news, it seems Lynda Erkiletian, who allegedly decided to put her life, family and business on national television, cannot take a joke.
The NY Post reports the alleged 52-year-old DC Housewife, who most certainly looks like she can move her face as she pleases, has spent the last couple of weeks getting her lawyers on any media outlet that dares says anything negative about her DC modeling agency.
It all started when Lynda, a cougar or alleged cougar rather (no need for the cease and desist letters), tried to play up her political connections on the Bravo show by boasting, “We cater to ambassadors and dignitaries.” This statement of course led to many lols, jokes, and speculations about the exact kind of catering Lynda’s modeling agency provides.
The writers at Comedy Central, Gawker and independent blog DBKP joked that her agency provided escorts to the Washington elite.
Lynda, who might or might not be a famewhore for choosing to appear on a nationally televised reality show, decided to get her lawyers involved, who then sent out cease and desist letters to the mentioned media outlets, even getting one blogger to apologize 14 times.
Perhaps someone should tell Lynda that waging a war against the media is something one does not want to do, especially when that one chose to appear on a Bravo Housewives series, and likely has skeletons in their closet. Here’s to hoping there will be no foreclosures or bankruptcies in Lynda’s future, as something tells me the media will definitely have a field day writing about such things.
Lynda even took to her Bravo blog to clear up the jokes. “OK everyone, calm down, and shame on YOU!” she said. “Embassies host cultural and philanthropic events that often include an element of fashion, which is how we ‘cater to ambassadors and diplomats.’ “
Whew! Glad she cleared that one up, because I for one most certainly believed she was really providing escorts and then went on national television to acknowledge having an escort service. But thanks to the cease and desists letters, in addition to Lynda’s blog posting, I now believe different! And oh yeah, the lovely picture above of Lynda was taken during the premiere party for the show.
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The 3rd episode of the season is titled ‘Foreign Relations.’ It’s off to Paris! After a spontaneous decision by Michaele and Tareq to join Stacie and her husband in Europe, the couples start to bond. Meanwhile, controversy over D.C. etiquette has the housewives questioning Michaele’s role as a host for high profile events.
Cat is hard at work on her book and getting her cover ready, when disappointment strikes. The housewives gather at Mary’s fashion dinner to welcome a celebrity hairstylist, but with previous drama still lingering, things don’t go as planned.
The new episode airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c.
In other DC news, the NYPost is reporting even more debt for Tareq and Michaele Salahi. According to the Post, six of 20 vendors who worked on the Salahis charity, America’s Polo Cup, last year told HBO the Salahis owe them sums ranging up to $25,000.
This comes up in a HBO’s “Real Sports” profile of their charity. “Do we owe people money? Sure, sure,” said Tareq before claiming that he’s waiting to collect his debts from others as well. “It’s a trickle-down effect,” added Tareq.
As for Michaele, she just wants to get back to the couple’s old life. “We’ve been the ‘it couple’ for the past decade,” Michaele tells Bernard Goldberg of HBO’s “Real Sports”
The NYPost is also reporting today that the premiere party the Salahis held two weeks ago, you know the one that was suppose to raise money for charity, brought in a huge zero amount for charity, confirms the event organizer. The organization said it was promised 40 percent of the profit but was recently told the packed, cash-bar event didn’t make any money.
As for why the packed event failed to bring in any money for charity, a rep for the Salahis claims they know nothing about this: “This was not a Salahi event. They were not privy to the operational and management aspects of this event, nor were they compensated for their appearance.” Allrighty.
As for the show so far, I thought it would be a boring franchise but I found myself really enjoying last week’s episode. Bravo did a great job with the casting. Will likely start doing recaps in about 2 weeks or so.
TELL US – DO THE SALAHIS OWE YOU MONEY? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF THE DC HOUSEWIVES?