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Should the White House Gatecrashers Be Disqualified from 'Real Housewives'?

by Chris Jordan, posted Nov 27th 2009 8:32PM

Here's a headline that doesn't surprise us: The Virginia couple who crashed a high-profile White House dinner on Tuesday has a reality TV connection.

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who will probably enter the gatecrasher hall of fame for their Pennsylvania Avenue adventure, are candidates to appear on Bravo's upcoming 'The Real Housewives of D.C.,' according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Furthermore, camera crews for Half Yard Productions, which produces 'Housewives' for Bravo, filmed the couple preparing for the dinner but didn't follow them into the White House.

Here's a headline that doesn't surprise us: The Virginia couple who crashed a high-profile White House dinner on Tuesday has a reality TV connection.

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who will probably enter the gatecrasher hall of fame for their Pennsylvania Avenue adventure, are candidates to appear on Bravo's upcoming 'The Real Housewives of D.C.,' according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Furthermore, camera crews for Half Yard Productions, which produces 'Housewives' for Bravo, filmed the couple preparing for the dinner but didn't follow them into the White House.

The Salahis told the producers that they had been invited invited to the dinner "and the producers had no reason to believe otherwise,'' said a spokesperson from Bravo.

'The Real Housewives of D.C.' cast has not been finalized yet.

The Secret Service may begin a criminal investigation against the Salahis, an agency spokesman said Friday. Yet on Michaele's Facebook page, she claims to have been invited to the dinner.

This is not the first time the taint of criminal conduct has been tied to a Real Housewife. Danielle Staub of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' has a past that includes kidnapping, extortion, prostitution and drugs, according to a report in The Smoking Gun.

The question that now faces the 'Real Housewives' producers is whether the Salahis' White House gatecrash, or their potentially putting the president of the United States in danger (Politico reports that the couple met Obama in the receiving line), would be reason enough to get them kicked off the show. Or should their outlandish and highly publicized stunt -- which, in the end, didn't cause harm to anyone except to the egos of the Secret Service -- seal their inclusion on 'The Real Housewives of D.C.'?

We can, at least, thank the couple for one thing. They showed that the security detail at the White House definitely needs an upgrade.



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