TMZ adds that while nothing has been signed yet, both Tareq and Playgirl are very interested in making a deal. Tareq is however adamant about not going full-frontal.
Sources from both camps reveal it’s practically a done deal as Tareq has already sent in some test shots, two of which are below for those with very strong stomachs.
The plan is for a polo-themed picture shoot to feature Tareq riding into the sunset on a horse while completely naked. And months ago, Tareq’s wife Michaele Salahi was also reported to have been in talks with Playboy for a full-frontal nude shoot but thankfully that never came to light.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TAREQ POSING NUDE FOR PLAYGIRL & HIS TEST SHOTS?
Two weeks after RadarOnline first broke the news, Bravo has now confirmed the Real Housewives of DC has been canceled, making this the first time ever the network has canceled a housewives franchise.
“We had an amazing season and we told stories that were unique to any other in the franchise,” Bravo’s Andy Cohen told the Washington Post on Thursday. “I wish all our DC Wives the best and hope to work with them again in another capacity.”
Below are some reactions from the DC Housewives -
Stacie Turner – “The past 18 months has truly been an amazing adventure! Thanks so much for your support. The best is yet to come…….” she tweeted.
Mary Amons – “Bittersweet day, memorable fun ride w/ @catommanney @THErealLyndaDC @stacieturnerdc & the Bravo family! Exciting projects ahead! #staytuned,” tweeted Mary.
Cat Ommaney – “So the milk was spilt,and we cried over it..(meow meow) and then the next show..mmm well thats going to be ‘creme de la creme’!!..” tweeted Cat.
As for Michaele Salahi, she promises her next project will be “wild and entertaining,” perhaps referring to her upcoming appearance on Celebrity Rehab.
While the DC Housewives averaged decent ratings, 1.4 million viewers, it didn’t quite compare to its counterparts, for example the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills which averaged over 2 million viewers for its freshman season. It seems the final straw for Bravo was the report that the DC Housewives had banded together and refused to do the show if the controversial Michaele was allowed back on by the network which wanted her to return.
Michaele also spoke to PEOPLE, confirming that her castmates did indeed want her off the show. “I sort of knew this was going to happen,” Michaele tells PEOPLE. “The other women didn’t want me back on the show, and [Bravo executive] Andy [Cohen] stood his ground and said there wouldn’t be a show without me on it. I’m grateful to him for that.”
This cancellation of the DC housewives could also spell trouble for the Real Housewives of Miami, which averaged a poor 1.1 million viewers this season.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON BRAVO CANCELING THE DC HOUSEWIVES?
Following the airing of the first season, which was met with controversy and so-so ratings, the big question has remained will the Real Housewives of DC be returning for a second season?
Well, that answer is now a strong maybe according to Bravo’s ownAndy Cohen. The Crushable website reports that during Andy’s recent appearance on the Live With Regis & Kelly show a little over a week ago, he revealed that Bravo would like the DC Housewives to come back for a second season but under one condition – that is with Michaele Salahi returning to the show. Wowzers!
According to Crushable, Andy admitted Bravo was “in negotiations” to bring back Real Housewives of DC but added that while the network wants Michaele back on the show, the other four housewives do not. In fact, they have reportedly banded together and refused to work with her.
It appears, the question now is does Bravo think the Real Housewives of DC is worth watching without the party crashing and compulsive lying of the Salahis? We can’t help but wonder if the DC Housewives will end up being another Real Housewives of Miami without the Salahis.
Meanwhile, Stacie’s husband Jason Turner recently commented on a previous story we did about Stacie traveling to Nigeria to meet her birth father and family.
In the story, we questioned whether the camera crew pictured with Stacie was from Bravo, and according to Jason, it was not. In the comment, made just two weeks ago, Jason also voiced uncertainty regarding a second season of the show. Part of Jason’s comment below -
“Contrary to popular opinion, we photographed and filmed this trip entirely on our own, since we feel like our (Stacie’s) family story couldn’t be “owned” by anyone but Stacie. So we partnered with Silverbird Group, one of the largest media companies in Africa, who provided a full film crew that chronicled over 30 hours of high def footage as we visited Lagos, Abuja, the Nigerian capital, as well as Owerri, which is in the southeast part of the country, where we met her birth family. As I write this, we don’t know what the future holds as far as a Season 2, but HW or not, we look forward to sharing what is an emotional, beautiful, provocative, intriguing, and super surprising story of one person’s search to discover something deeper about themselves.”
You can read Jason’s full comment by clicking here.
TELL US – DO YOU WANT TO SEE ANOTHER SEASON OF THE DC HOUSEWIVES? WILL THE SHOW BE WORTH WATCHING WITHOUT THE SALAHIS?
“It’s something you’re invited to go to, then you’re thrown out!” Rosemary Holt tells RadarOnline. “She never said she had an addiction,” adds Rosemary.
“I know the whole story from the time she left here and the paperwork she’d done and the contracts. She was asked to come on, it wasn’t her choice to come on. She was asked to,” says Rosemary, going on to insinuate that there were other reasons the show asked Michaele to come on. “She was brought on, she was told to talk about her feelings, how she survived the White House, her feelings, how she dealt with Bravo and when she went before Congress…,” she says. “That’s what she was brought on for. Then all of a sudden she’s there…the things I heard why she was there…I said ‘you don’t belong there.”
It’s not over yet as Rosemary goes on to ponder how the show could just kick her daughter off. “They signed a contract with my daughter, but yet they can put her out?! Explain that to me. But Missy has to remain with her confidentiality. It should work both ways.”
Allrighty. In other news, RadarOnline also reports that all hell broke loose on the set of Celebrity Rehab over the weekend courtesy of cast member Michael Lohan.
Apparently, it was ‘family day’ and professional famewhore Michael wanted daughter Lindsay Lohan, his youngest daughter “Ali, and the rest of the family to come for ‘family day.’ Michael even wanted Dina to come. They all refused, they don’t want to appear on camera in that setting, period. Michael was very upset and emotions were very raw for him. Soon, thereafter, all hell started to break out between other patients and families,” a show insider reveals, adding that viewers will be in for “quite a shock when it airs.”
Celebrity Rehab 5 is set to premiere sometime in May on VH1.
And as for the ABC 20/20 special about reality television that was scheduled to air this past Friday, it didn’t air as it got bumped for coverage of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster. As of the moment, ABC has yet to announce a new airing date for the special titled “The Phenomenon of Reality Television.” The show was supposed to feature interviews with Michaele, Bethenny Frankel, Kyle Richards and others.
Sean will be replacing Real Housewives of DC star Michaele Salahi, 45, who got kicked off the show for not having an addiction. Michaele’s husband Tareq Salahi has admitted his wife has no substance abuse issues but claims she needed treatment to deal with the stress of managing her multiple sclerosis which she claims to have had for over 20 years. Which makes us wonder, if she’s had the MS for 20+ years, why would she need Celebrity Rehab with dealing with it now?
As suspected, the MS story seems to be a crock with a source telling RadarOnline this week that Dr. Drew Pinsky ran a number of extensive neurological tests, which all came out negative for MS or any other neurological issues.
There was also a rumor floating around this week that professional famewhoreHeidi Montag would be joining the show, but that report is false.
And finally, the ABC network will be airing a 20/20 special tonight titled “The Phenomenon of Reality Television.” The special promises an in depth look at reality stars who are famous for being famous including the Bravo Housewives, while also examining those who are cashing in.
The special will examine why things often turn so nasty on the Bravo Housewives series. Part of the press release states “20/20 talks to Kyle Richards of the Beverley Hills show about the ugly showdown with her sister Kim, and to Michaele and Tareq Salahis (best known for gate crashing the White House), who say why they believe the other DC Housewives turned against them.”
As for Bethenny, her segment will be more on the cashing in part. She tells “20/20″ that being the focus her own show, “Bethenny Ever After,” has both its rewards and challenges. “Do I speak inappropriately? Absolutely. Is it at my own expense and no one else’s? Absolutely. I don’t need to rip anybody else. I rip myself more than anyone else,” reveals Bethenny.
The special airs at 10/9c. Feel free to discuss the latest news plus the 20/20 special below!
Cops reveal to TMZ that Mike, former Alice in Chains bassist, was found dead in a Salt Lake City home in Utah on Tuesday afternoon.
While there are no reports on Mike’s cause of death at the moment, he was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. The cops stated he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was arrested.
Mike appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab back in 2009. He was 44 years old. RIP Mike.
The reason? Michaele had “no addiction.” Sources tell TMZ she had “no reason to be there.” In fact Michaele’s husband Tareq Salahi told TMZ over the weekend that Michaele’s only addiction was “probably to chocolate.”
Oh, but it gets even better. Sources tell RadarOnline that Dr. Drew Pinsky tested Michaele for multiple sclerosis, something she claimed to have, and she tested negative, just as many had suspected.
“Dr. Drew did a thorough medical examination of her, including a full neurological check-up, and she is fine. Michaele is all drama, that is her main issue,” said a source to Radar.
Meanwhile, there is now some drama involving Famewhore Jr. Tareq and Famewhore Sr. Michael Lohan. Evidently, Michael, who is also on Celebrity Rehab, was renting out his LA apartment to Tareq for 3 weeks at a rate of $2,500. However, when Tareq failed to pay the money promptly, Michael left the Pasadena Recovery Center, with cameras in tow, to confront Tareq at the apartment. Michael has reportedly evicted Tareq.
TMZ is also reporting that Michael is planning to bring the Celebrity Rehab cameras along for his daughterLindsay Lohan’s next court date, which is apparently making Lindsay and the rest of the family furious. Lindsay is now trying to prevent the cameras from the courtroom.
UPDATE #1 – VH1 has released this official statement explaining why Michaele was sent packing.
“The treatment program that Celebrity Rehab documents is intended for individuals with serious substance abuse and addiction issues. Prior to the taping of the current season, producers were advised that Michaele Salahi met the criteria to be treated in this setting. However, professional assessments spanning from that time to the present, found that she did not meet such criteria. As a result, she is no longer participating in the program.”
UPDATE #2 – Tareq Salahi is now telling TMZ he might be suing Celebrity Rehab for illegally firing his wife because of her “health condition.” Tareq and his lawyers issued a statement saying, “[Michaele] was fired due to her health condition which is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.” As reported above, tests performed on Michaele showed zero medical conditions including no signs of MS.
Yes, sources connected to the show confirm to TMZ that the Salahis, stars of the Real Housewives of DC, alongside some others have signed on for Celebrity Rehab season 5.
Other “celebs” joining the Salahis? Michael Lohan – daddy to troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, Bai Ling – Z list actress, Jeremy Jackson – former Baywatch actor, and Dwight “Doc” Gooden – former pitcher for the NY Mets.
A new report by TMZ also reveals that Lindsay Lohan is livid that her embarrassment of a father has signed up to do the show.
Lindsay was reportedly “shocked and upset” to hear the news, telling friends she’s worried he’ll embarrass the family. Sources add that Lindsay is most upset that her dad, Michael, began taping the show without giving her a heads up. She is also adamant she will NEVER make an appearance on the show.
As for the Salahis, no word yet on their supposed addiction. Michaele did reveal a while back that she had multiple sclerosis, so feel free to try to determine which drug or alcohol goes best with the BS MS.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE SALAHIS DOING CELEBRITY REHAB? DO YOU CALL BS?
UPDATE: VH1 has confirmed the cast today and Tareq will not be a part of the show though Michaele will be. Below is part of the official press release -
“This season will follow Michael Lohan (celebrity dad), Michaele Salahi (The Real Housewives of DC), Amy Fisher (“Long Island Lolita”), Bai Ling (The Crow) and Jeremy Jackson (Baywatch) on their quest for sobriety. Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew is slated to premiere early summer on VH1.”
While Michaele is the one actually doing the rehab, it is safe to assume Tareq will crash the show at some point during the season to help support his wife‘s fame addiction.
Following their well earned and rightfully deserved label as the world’s most famous party crashers, one would think Tareqand Michaele Salahi would be keeping a low profile but it seems the infamous white house party crashers feel differently.
According to a report by TMZ, the Real Housewives of DC stars were able to crash finagle their way into the owners’ suite at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Sunday for the Superbowl. “We were guests and stayed in the Owners Club Suites the entire time and had so much fun meeting new friends,” said Michaele to TMZ.
The TMZ article went on to ask, “How do they do it?”
Well a day after the TMZ report, a new report by RadarOnline answers that question by revealing the Salahis once again crashed the event. It gets even better as Radar was able to get a quote from a higher up for the Cowboys Stadium, confirming the Salahis were escorted out by security once it was discovered they were NFI (Not F*cking Invited)!
“Not invited and were immediately, but discreetly, escorted out of the suite by security,” Brett Daniels, Director of Client Services for the Dallas Cowboys, told RadarOnline.
Ouch! Oddly enough, Michaele made the following tweet on Sunday — “Super Bowl XLV rocks. Owners suite, with Jerry Jr and friends,” along with a photo of her and husband Tareq with Jerry Jones Jr., the son of Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones. That photo is below -
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST ANTICS BY THE SALAHIS? DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO SHAME?