Bravo executive Andy Cohen defends the decision to include the Salahis, aka the White House gate crashers, in the latest edition of “Real Housewives.” But in a writeup on Huffington Post, he also pushes back against the notion that the couple got into the White House in an effort to get on the show. In fact, by then they were already on the show, and production was close to a wrap.
He writes, “We learned the following day — as did everyone else, including the other D.C. Housewives — of the alleged “gate crashing” incident. At the core of the reaction was the question of whether or not the Salahis had been invited. But one of the by-products of the aftermath was continued false reporting that somehow the Salahis had used the State Dinner as a ‘stunt’ to be cast on the show. The fact is that by November we had been shooting the series with Michaele and the other women for months. In fact, we were a few weeks away from wrapping photography on the series. Any idea that attending the State Dinner was an audition to cement participation in the show is preposterous.”
But there’s a good reason for the “false reporting.” As the heat was turned on the network when the incident first exploded into a nationwide spectacle last November, it was Bravo that suggested that the Salahis were not yet cast in the show.
Other reality producers doubted that production crews would have been following the Salahis were they not absolutely on the show, but at the time Bravo issued a statement that said: “The decision as to who will be included in the series will not be made for several months. We are continuing with the production of the show. However, specifics with respect to the Salahis are yet to be determined.”
In other words, if you can’t stand the heat, just pretend there is no kitchen.
What Bravo has succeeded in doing is maximizing its own publicity, which is a lot easier now that Capitol Hill lawmakers, White House staff and the Secret Service have moved on to other things.