Tareq sat down with Matt Lauer for an emotional, uncomfortable 'Today' (weekdays, 9AM ET on NBC) interview. Lauer pressed Salahi about why he didn't see this coming. "You recently went to a Journey concert, went backstage, took video of it," Lauer said. "I considered Neal a best friend ..." Tareq responded, "I'm betrayed in my view, by not just my wife, but also by Neal."
First, there were fears for Michaele's safety after Tareq reported her missing Wednesday. He told TMZ that he feared she'd been kidnapped when she didn't come home Tuesday night after contacting him via a series of strange phone calls.
The pair have become famous for their headline-grabbing antics, but in an interview with NBC Tareq denied it was all a publicity stunt: "I swear to God ... this is not a joke." He said he'd gone to the police because his wife had received numerous threats.
However, Michaele has turned up safe and sound in Tennessee ... having apparently run off with a rock star.
According to TMZ, the former 'Real Housewives of DC' couple are moving to Beverly Hills, but were denied entry to Bravo's posh and buzziest new 'Housewives' series, 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.'
The Salahis are moving to a $20,000-a-month mansion and were reportedly trying to find their way onto Bravo's popular series. According to the report, Bravo's Andy Cohen wasn't having it.
"We are not interested," he reportedly said.
According to the New York Post, if the cable network picks up the reality series for a second season, Salahi will not be a part of it.
The newspaper is reporting that Half Yard Productions, a Bravo subcontractor, is searching for a new woman to join the program. However, the network released a statement to PopEater negating the story.
"We've had no discussions about a season two -- including any casting -- and won't until the freshman season concludes," a Bravo spokesman told PopEater. "Any speculation to the contrary would be absolutely premature. And let's face it, it wouldn't be a proper 'Real Housewives' franchise without the drama of casting rumors."
At their Oasis winery, Tareq's mother calls the sheriff's department to have him removed from the property. "She doesn't want her son there," explains Michaele. "She wants to have sole control of that winery."
Michaele goes on to say this aspect of her marriage to Tareq "is like the one thing that I can't fix." Tareq says, "My mother's behavior wasn't unusual for her to react that way ... This is just another day -- this is her M.O."
The Salahis invited him, but Backe noticed their ticket said "Admits One." No matter. The group somehow got through security. From there, the Salahis advised a strategy for scoping out the empty seats. "All of a sudden, five or six secret-service guys come over and tap them on the shoulder," said Backe. They were escorted out.
Bravo has confirmed that Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who found fame by gatecrashing a White House dinner in November, will be featured on the series. According to the Washington Post, they'll join interior designer Catherine Ashley Ommanney, socialite Mary Schmidt Amons, real estate agent Stacie Scott Turner and modeling firm owner Lynda Erkiletian on the show, which began taping last year before the dinner incident.
They're hitting New York City with their shtick, as evidenced when they crashed the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). In the middle of David Letterman's monologue, the couple traipsed onto the stage, surrounded Letterman and posed for the paparazzi that appeared. Then without saying a word, they walked off.
"For all practical purposes, they're trespassing," mused Letterman, "but the crowd goes wild."
We'll be seeing more of their staged celebrity: Michaele has been cast as one of Bravo's 'Real Housewives of D.C.,' and the pair will visit the 'Today' show on May 27. How delightful. Ugh.
They are said to have "crashed" the White House state dinner on Nov. 24.
They have gone on 'The Today Show' to deny they're crashers, yet haven't produced one of those much-sought-after embossed invitations.
They have appeared in photos with Pres. Obama, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Vice President Biden.
They have sent the Secret Service into a frenzy regarding the President's security -- and soon, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, will interrogate them before Congress.
What's their deal, exactly?
The Salahis, who are aspiring reality-TV stars from Northern Virginia, said they are "saddened' and "shocked" by the way they've been portrayed by the media. "We've been mischaracterized through the media and other paparazzi forums," Tareq Salahi said. "Our homes have been invaded ... Our lives have been destroyed."
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The everyday world is filled with strange and bizarre occurrences that are a thousand times more original -- and entertaining -- than a lot of what Hollywood is churning out these days, from a hopeful reality TV star crashing a White House dinner to a seven-day search in the woods for an engagement ring that fell from a hot air balloon.
Here are 10 news headlines from November 2009 that would make great TV movies, complete with our ideal casts. Don't be surprised if you see some of these show up on Lifetime, Hallmark or even HBO sometime in the near future.
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.
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