Michaele Salahi

Sad news to report today as TMZ confirms rocker and Celebrity Rehab alum Mike Starr has passed away.

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.

In other Celeb Rehab news, TMZ is also confirming that Real Housewives of DC star Michaele Salahi has been kicked off the show.

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 daughter Lindsay 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 #2Tareq 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.

They simply refuse to disappear.

Weeks after they reportedly crashed a Suberbowl suite at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, TMZ is now reporting that the gruesome twosome known as Tareq and Michaele Salahi have signed up for Celebrity Rehab.

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.


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 Tareq and 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 –



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Well well well, the Salahis have been caught in yet another lie. What else is new?

RadarOnline is confirming today what we all suspected while watching the Real Housewives of DC reunion, which is that the Salahis did not own the home they used for their Bravo audition tape, despite claiming they owned the home on the show.

Michaele Salahi even went as far as to claim she and her partner-in-crime Tareq Salahi sold the home, though none of their fellow castmates believed them.

According to RadarOnline, the Virginia mansion actually belongs to Stuart and Daphne Himelfarb, who were also shown dining with the Salahis in a recent episode of the show.

Though a shocked Daphne Himelfarb did not want to comment on the story to RadarOnline, the site does report that the Himelfarbs have owned the home since 2000.

In other Salahi news, the gruesome couple has now hired popular celebrity booking agent Mike Esterman, as the duo hopes to capitalize on their infamy by appearing at parties and events for a fee.

“The interest is there and whether people love or hate them, they’re still very notable,” Esterman said. Early estimates have the couple earning anywhere from $10,000-$15,000 per event.


Salahism – (n) 1. a condition of, or pertaining to total self-centeredness; 2. A mental state; characterized by absolute pre-occupation with oneself and/or self-interests. See also: narcissism.

With that out of the way, the Real Housewives of DC reunion part 2 starts out with the worse half of the gruesome twosome coming on to the stage.

Tareq immediately takes on his victim plight, stating that he is disappointed in the others for not believing Michaele’s BS MS tale. Lynda makes a valid point when she wants to know why it took a book for them to release the information. Better yet, I want to know how Michaele filmed a reality show for months without a mention of this illness or any indication she had this illness.


With the first season of the Real Housewives of DC officially ending tonight, we thought, what better way to send them off than posting their “before they were famous” photos!

Above is the one and only Mary Schmidt Amons with now husband Rich Amons. More old school photos of the DC ladies below, including Stacie Turner on her wedding day, a young Michaele Salahi, a younger foxy Cat Ommanney, and Lynda Erkiletian way before the botox.

Coming up tonight is the part 2 of the DC Housewives reunion. Part 1 ended with the ladies objecting to Tareq Salahi’s presence without their spouses. A Bravo press release states “the men of D.C. join their ladies on the couch and things get heated as they confront Tareq Salahi about breaking the “guy code.” The reunion show airs at 9/8c on Bravo.


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Rosemary Holt, mother of Michaele Salahi of the Real Housewives of DC, is now speaking out in defense of her daughter.

In an interview with RadarOnline, Rosemary has some fighting words for Michaele’s co-stars following the Thursday reunion episode.

Rosemary described watching the reunion show as “heartbreaking,” stating that Michaele, 44, who she refers to as Missy, warned her ahead of time. “Miss said to me, ‘Mom, be prepared,’ and I see her not looking good on the show either. Physically I can see the strain in her face. What I encouraged her to do is ‘Miss, don’t get to their level,'” she said.

“I wish it would have been a nicer show,” she added. “Every single one of them [the Housewives shows] always has one [person] that gets more abuse than the others.” Rosemary even went as far as giving her opinion of each of the DC Housewives –

On Cat: “[She’s been] cruel. She wants that attention and who does she pick on?… My relatives call me and talk in Florida and New York. Cat wants the position that Missy has and I believe it… She needs to go back to England. She’s representing that country very poorly here. Very, very poorly.”

On Lynda: “She is a poor excuse for a mother too. Lynda rides the middle of the road most of the time in my opinion, she tries to play both sides.”

On Stacie: “Stacie is at least civil at times and if she doesn’t join the group I feel then she could be an outcast.”

On Mary: Rosemary claims Michaele recommended Lynda and Mary for the show. “When she was first interviewed for this she recommended some of the ladies—Lynda and Mary. I started watching it a year ago last March. I said ‘Miss, you don’t want to see this, you will be the one that they abuse!”

And when it comes to Michaele and husband Tareq Salahi’s financial troubles, Rosemary makes certain to take any blame away from her daughter. “It’s not Michaele and Tareq. Tareq started the Polo. Missy’s name as far as I know is not on paper, is only associated with him with her being as she always says, ‘I’m the fluff’ who walks around and greets everybody. Financially, Missy has no knowledge of the Polo game,” said Rosemary.

Rosemary also claims Michaele did not marry Tareq for his money. Apparently Michaele signed a prenup before marrying Tareq (his mother insisted), and she had her own money from her years as a makeup artist according to Rosemary. “She had her own assets. She had quite a bit of money going on that she earned on her own,” she said.


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