Over the past few years, some very unappealing men have managed to land their own reality TV dating shows. Let’s just say that I have never had any desire to date Flavor Flav. Nor could I ever stand Bret Michaels’ catch phrase “What’s a goin’ on?” in real life. Sure, I do think Ray J is hot, but anyone who has a sex tape is probably just not for me. But now we have truly reached the bottom of barrel. After Tareq Salahi‘s wife left him for Journey guitarist Neal Schon, he has figured out a way to make lemonade out of lemons. Sources close to the “Real Housewives of D.C.” alum say that Tareq is pitching a dating show called “Seducing Salahi,” where 14 women will compete for his affections.
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Tareq Salahi is not the kind of person to let someone else get in the final word. Now that Michaele Salahi, his wife who recently left him, has started gabbing to the press about her new relationship with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Tareq is ready for his last laugh. He promises The New York Daily News that Michaele is responsible our “half of all our debt … [Our divorce proceedings] will be a circus.” So how much do these two owe? Tareq estimates that their debt is somewhere in the ballpark of $3.3 million. Oh, and he also dropped another doozy. Apparently, he is now “seeing” Kristin Davis, aka the “Manhattan Madam” who used to book Ashley Dupre for Eliot Spitzer. Oh, what tangled webs we weave. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
“It’s like a fairy tale. It is, it really is. I’m very happy, very happy after waiting for her for 15 years. Now I want to get beyond all this media hype that Tareq has put out there. It’s really quite embarrassing. … What happened was [backstage], she takes off her wedding ring, right in front of Tareq. And then she proceeds to come into my dressing room where I’m sitting down … And she looks down at me like she’s standing on stilts and says, ‘I love you. And that’s never gonna change.’ And when that happened I said, ‘Get over here! This has taken 15 years!’”
—Neal Schon, the guitarist for Journey who managed to pull Michaele Salahi away from party-crashing husband Tareq, tells the Daily Beast all about their courtship. Apparently, in the ’90s, Michaele was dating both Neal and Tareq but ultimately chose Tareq. Still, Neal and Michaele kept in touch and, over Labor Day weekend, he sent Michaele and Tareq VIP tickets and backstage passes to a Journey show. He says Michaele pledged her love for him then, even though it took another week before she officially left Tareq, boarded a plane, and joined Neal on tour. The two were photographed for the first time together yesterday and it appears that they can’t take their hands off each other.
After the jump, Michaele’s take on the whole thing Keep reading »
False alarm, people. Michaele Salahi has not been kidnapped as her husband Tareq believed. She is alive and well in Memphis, safe in the arms of Journey guitarist Neal Schon (who also happens to be her former lover). Well, thank God she wasn’t abducted. A note to Tareq: when your wife goes for her hair appointment and never comes back, she most likely is leaving you for another man. And maybe, just maybe if you don’t stop believin’, she will come back to you once she tires of life on the road or needs her roots dyed, whichever comes first. [Us Weekly, Bumpshack] Keep reading »
Kidnapping — or publicity stunt? Tareq Salahi of Bravo’s now-cancelled “The Real Housewives of D.C.” claims his wife Michaele Salahi, one-half of the White House party-crashing duo, has been abducted. TMZ reports that Michaele Salahi supposedly left for a hair appointment yesterday, but never made it there and never returned. He claims he got a phone call from his wife from an unfamiliar phone number late last night and she told him she was headed to her mother’s house; when Tareq called Michaele’s mother, she said they had not spoken. Now he is afraid Michaele Salahi has been kidnapped and contacted the police. Police reportedly told him that Michaele already contacted them and said she refuses to go home to Tareq because of “family problems.” Keep reading »
One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 was to stop watching the “Real Housewives.” Between Orange County, New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, DC, Beverly Hills and Miami, it was just getting to be far too much of a time suck. Well, it looks like Bravo feels the same way. It’s not just Michaele and Tareq Salahi that they’ve evicted—they’re getting rid of the entire DC cast, making this the first “Real Housewives” franchise to be canceled. It’s not that the show didn’t get good ratings. Apparently, the higher ups at the network just felt that the cast was too uptight and not as fun as the others. Which—true! Keep reading »
Earlier today, when I heard that Michaele Salahi had been dropped from “Celebrity Rehab” for not having an addiction, I wondered if maybe she was on another kind of substance—say tiger’s blood, Adonis DNA, or a drug called … Michaele Salahi. Because sometimes I think she is as looney tunes as our dear Charlie Sheen. This got me thinking how amazing—in a tabloid way—it would be if she decided to leave Tareq and move across the country to live with Charlie in his Sober Valley Lodge.
Which then got me thinking—especially with Rachel Oberlin (aka Bree Olson) leaving the fold for a minute over the weekend—of all the famous women who would make great goddesses in Charlie’s polyamorous love story? After the jump, 12 ladies we’d like to see join Charlie’s harem. Keep reading »
We knew they were on something. We won’t get to see White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi on “The Real Housewives of DC” anymore but, apparently, the two are not ready to leave reality television behind. And so, they have signed on for the new season of “Celebrity Rehab” with Dr. Drew. Which leads us to the obvious question: What was their substance of choice?!?! Tell us, VH1, tell us.
According to reports, they will be joined on the show by actress/red carpet disaster Bai Ling, former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden, and “Baywatch” actor Jeremy Jackson. Oh, and Michael Lohan. Keep reading »
On this week’s “Real Housewives of D.C.,” Michaele Salahi brewed up a new controversy. She claimed that she was once a Washington Redskins cheerleader and headed to a rehearsal for an alumni performance. Several of her castmates called BS—as did Terri Lamb, the president of the Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association. Lamb said, “We have no record that she ever was a Redskins cheerleader. She was listed on our 1991 roster at Ms. Salahi’s request and based on her misrepresentation to us.” Michaele says that the mix-up comes from the fact that she was actually a cheerleader in the ’80s—she tried to change the roster to make herself appear younger. But wait, I feel like we’ve heard this one before.
Meanwhile, a Michaele action figure is now for sale. And, apparently, she’s the one who pitched the idea. Keep reading »
The Salahis are finding themselves unwelcomed once again. Reports are saying that the couple have not been invited back to season two of “The Real Housewives of D.C.” Bravo was hoping the attention surrounding the gatecrashing twosome would bring high ratings to the show, but now the network suspects that Michaele and Tareq are turning viewers off the series. I guess there is such a thing as too much self-promotion. [PopEater]
After the jump, other housewives who found themselves booted out when it was time for a contract renewal. Keep reading »