Bravo held a conference call Thursday with two of “The Real Housewives of D.C.” — just not the one that anybody will give a damn about.
Mary Schmidt Amons — the granddaughter of TV host Arthur Godfrey — and Stacie Scott Turner insisted that White House party crasher (alleged!) Michaele Salahi and her polo-playing husband Tareq won’t be the focus on the show, and that the State Dinner incident will be just a small part of the series.
To which I say, “Ha ha ha ha ha.”
“It’s just going to be one small snippet,” Amons said of the White House event, adding, “I’m not sure how they’re going to work it and deal with it. … [But] it’s very clear to us the show is not all about the Salahis.”
To the mainstream press, however, unless the other “Housewives” get arrested between now and the end of the series’ run, the show is going to be all about the Salahis, providing a link between juicy real-life events — and genuine bastions of power — with what’s otherwise another bunch of women in over-priced outfits posturing for the cameras.
Turner said she thought viewers would be “inspired by our stories.” Perhaps, but legitimate reporters — eager to cash in on this collision of D.C.-based news and pop culture — will be inspired to focus on the program’s newsiest aspect, and it’s not hard to figure out what that is.
The two wouldn’t discuss their fees for the show, which premieres Aug. 5, but they insisted it wasn’t a lot of money. “Our motivation was not financial,” Amons said. Right, just like the “Jersey Shore” gang.
During the conference call, the women weren’t really pressed much regarding the Salahis thanks to the preponderance of questions from gossip and ass-kissing “What other ‘Real Housewife’ do you most relate to?” fluff sites, and Bravo had clearly prepared them well for the few they fielded. Turner did say, “I was just shocked that anybody would have the gall to crash a party like that,” and that she had been questioned by the authorities in relation to the case.
Yes, amazing that somebody doing a TV show to get noticed would do something outlandish in pursuit of attention.
“Somehow, they got in,” Amons said. “It’s mind-boggling.”
When I asked if they were concerned that the party-crashing coverage had tarnished the show, Turner (Amons had dropped off the call for a time) reiterated that she was “shocked” by the news, saying, “Things did change a little bit after that point.”
Changed as in it’s the Salahis’ world. You just happen to have a recurring guest shot in it.