Lynda Erkiletian, who has the distinction of starring in the only U.S. “Real Housewives” franchise not to make it past Season 1, still thinks Washington could make it to the big time. Although some argue that Washington will never be more than a political town, Erkiletian isn’t buying it. Thirty-three years after opening the Artist Agency, her D.C.-based talent firm, the onetime reality star continues to push Washington into the limelight.What was your experience like on “Housewives”?When I started doing the show, I had already been in business 26 years, so I had my tribe of industry people who knew who I was. But it was wonderful to have the platform of Bravo and be able to showcase our industry across the nation and, in some cases, across the world.Overall, was the experience a positive or a negative?I won’t say it was all a bed of roses. It certainly was not. As you probably know, we had our White House crashers, and the FBI — which [“Housewives” executive producer] Andy Cohen just recently talked about — came in and seized all the film and footage. It was very uncomfortable. We were the first “Housewives” show that didn’t go forward for a second season. We knew that [before they told us] because they stopped filming, and we knew the FBI requested all the footage because they had to make sure that Bravo didn’t have anything to do with it. That’s a monster breathing down your back when you’re trying to do a reality show.Did you have any idea that was going to happen?Oh, no. I didn’t really film with the Salahis with the exception of being at other people’s parties, because that was part of my contract. I had done business with them in the past, and I didn’t want the association. We had done her [Michaele’s] polo event before for the fashion show, and, unfortunately, it wasn’t a very good business arrangement. We had to sue them to get our money. So, I really didn’t want to pretend that I liked who they were. But I think the “Housewives of D.C.” was certainly worth doing it. I have no regrets as far as that goes.How do you feel about “The Real Housewives of Potomac”?I haven’t seen this season, but I do have favorites. I think it’s great to have a reality show in D.C. I used to live in Potomac. It’s a fantastic city. It’s wonderful that they’re doing it. We need something to showcase our city on a national level. If that’s what it takes, I’m all for it.
What happens after you crash the White House, get called before Congress, try to revive a failing Virginia winery, claim your estranged-wife was kidnapped, get a divorce, try to run for governor (then Congress) and eventually scrap all that to run a luxury cruise line? If you’re Tareq Salahi, a happy ending– or so he hopes.
Salahi, 47, the polo-playing former co-star of the one season blunder “Real Housewives of DC,” married his newest business partner Lisa Spoden, 54, on New Year’s day. Salahi and Spoden, who co-run a cruise ship charter company called Hotels at Sea, announced their engagement in November. A month later they threw their own splashy engagement party for 300 guests. Salahi’s mother Corinne, with whom he had a strained relationship because of a family dispute over their former winery, made an appearance, we’re told.
The pair, who throughout their courtship have been that couple whose social media feeds are stuffed with filtered us-ies boasting one international backdrop after the other, were married aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line headed for the British Virgin Islands. Spoden wore a sequined champagne gown and Salahi, looking much more svelte than he did during his stint on RHODC, sported an all-white tux with a nehru jacket. After the outdoor ceremony the newlyweds headed to the ship’s club, according to Facebook.
Spoden told us back in November that she and Salahi were “a perfect fit both in love and work,” a description that could easily fit on a TV screen as an “unscripted” tag line. Like her new husband (and his ex-wife Michaele, whose soul recognized Journey guitar hero Neal Schon as her soul mate during their 2013 live TV nuptials) Spoden isn’t camera shy. She was attached to an alleged reality show about lobbyists in 2014 that never panned out, seeing as how no network or production crew was behind it.
Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise is the gift that keeps on giving.
From the extravagant lifestyles to the constant catfights, viewers can’t get enough of the reality TV juggernaut. And while some Housewives are beloved by fans, others have more Internet trolls than actual Twitter followers.
Case in point: “Beverly Hills” alum Brandi Glanville.
During Tuesday night’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” the tension between Glanville and Kyle Richards came to a head. While jabs below the belt aren’t anything new — especially when it comes to the leggy blond — coming between two sisters is quite another matter. With Richards’ relationship with older (and troubled) sister Kim now in jeopardy, it seems Glanville is better at stirring up drama than keeping her friendships intact.
But 90210’s resident pot-stirrer isn’t the only Housewife whom viewers have come to detest.
There’s no question that the Housewives live a life of luxury, but some are bit more pretentious about it than others. “Orange County” alum Bellino didn’t win over her fellow wives by trying to one-up them in almost every conversation.\
Though she eventually got the ax after four seasons, it wasn’t without plenty of tension-fueled dinners.
Not only did Drescher make frenemies with “Housewives of New York City,” but fan pages dubbed her “Me-Viva” for her self-centered attitude.
Former Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi and Journey guitarist Neal Schon have tied the knot.
The erstwhile Bravo star and the musician exchanged vows at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts on Sunday, Dec. 15.
The ceremony was televised live on pay-per-view, with a portion of the proceeds going toward typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, more then 300 guests were in attendance, including Schon’s fellow bandmates Arnel Pineda and Jonathan Cain, as well as singer Sammy Hagar, the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir, Celebrity Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault and R&B crooner Brian McKnight.
The reception, which was held under a big white tent, featured a performance by Journey.
Salahi made headlines back in 2009 when she and her then-husband, Tareq, allegedly crashed a White House dinner. She began dating Schon in 2011.
Last week, prior to their nuptials, the couple sat down with E! News to discuss their big day details.
“We’ve been best friends. And when you meet your soul mate, and he’s been mine since the ’90s when I first met him, you can’t fight that feeling. You just have to go with it,” said Salahi. “And I’ve been in love with him for a very long time.”
“She then fled to me,” noted Schon before Salahi added, “I’ve never looked back. And I continue to soar and I love him very much.”
Former Real Housewives of DC star Michaele Salahi and Journey band member Neal Schon are getting married in San Francisco on December 15. But their wedding is no ordinary one. The couple have invited celebrities to host it, the groom’s famous band to perform, and will be streaming the whole thing on Pay-Per-View for $14.95.
Michaele, whose Real Housewives stint was short-lived when the franchise only lasted one season, is better known for being one half of the infamous White House Party Crashers couple. She and her ex-husband Tareq Salahi were caught sneaking into a White House event they hadn’t been invited to, causing a major security flap.
And that wasn’t the couple’s only curious moment caught on camera. The Salahis were accused of lying about their income, taking trips and buying houses they couldn’t afford, and threatening some of Tareq’s relatives about a family business gone bankrupt. Michaele claimed to have been a Washington Redskins cheerleader, which was later proven to be untrue. When Michaele left her husband to run off with Neal, Tareq told people that Michaele had lied about having MS, which had been one of her storylines on Real Housewives.
Neal and Michaele’s wedding should be an interesting event. “Neal & Michaele: The Winter Wonderland Wedding and Music Event” will be hosted by former All My Children star Cameron Mathison and former The View cohost Debbie Matenopolous. Journey will perform, of course.
It’s clear that this couple has no problem living in public. Neal proposed to Michaele live onstage at a Journey concert last year.
It’s been just four years since Michaele and her then-hubby Tareq made headlines for slipping past the secret service and crashing a state dinner at the White House, then starring on Real Housewives of D.C. the next year, Michaele has left her messy past behind and is looking forward to moving on with Schon.
“My dress is ready!” Michaele excitedly told Radar.
“Neal is my love, my joy, my light and the passion of my life. I love him with all that I am. This is a dream come true!“
Michaele and Schon will wed on Dec. 15 in San Francisco at the Palace of Fine Arts, and she tells Radar it will be a big event, surrounded by plenty of family and friends.
“The wedding will be big, with all the people we love! Our families and friends will get to be there and we are thankful after all these years to be saying ‘I Do’ to our soulmate,” Michaele told Radar.
“We share every day together and are the happiest we have ever been in our lives! Our love is a real and longtime romance.”
Schon is equally as excited about the nuptials, telling Radar, “It’s like a fairy tale. It is, it really is.
“I’m very happy…very happy after waiting for her for over 17 years. We are both where we always wanted to be!”
And Michaele credits her stint on the Bravo Housewives franchise for giving her the strength to be where she is today.
“Being on The Real Housewives was a blessing for me to go through,” she said.
“The show experience gave me the strength to follow my heart to be where I always wanted to be, in Neal’s arms!”
After leaving Tareq in 2011 he appeared on the Today show saying it wasn’t a publicity stunt and even slammed his soon-to-be ex saying, “I didn’t know Michaele had a double life: I had no idea.”
They finalized their divorce in August 2012.
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Journey’s Neal Schon and Tareq Salahi have come to an agreement in the $50 million lawsuit the White House Gatecrasher filed against the rock guitarist after he ran off with his wife Michaele, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
A source close to the situation said the suit was settled in August and that Schon is essentially Tareq to walk away for the price of $12,000 and his mortgage payments over the next year. In his initial suit, Tareq complained that the stigma of being cheated on publicly hurt his image and cost him lucrative opportunities.
The Salahis first gained fame for crashing the 2009 White House state dinner, where they took a picture with President Barack Obama. They later parlayed the notoriety into a spot on the short-lived Real Housewives of D.C. franchise.
In a September 2011 interview with the TODAY show after Michaele left him, Tareq said the blonde beauty “wanted to go more to that ‘A’ [list] celebrity,” adding he thought of Journey as “an 80s’ band” whose days of relevance had long passed.
It looks like Tareq and Michaele Salahi’s divorce has been settled, along with Tareq’s $50 million lawsuit against the band Journey and its guitarist Neal Schon.
ET has learned that Tareq’s $50 million personal injury lawsuit against Journey, Schon and his entertainment company Nomota, in addition to his divorce case against Michaele, were settled out of court with the signing of a confidential agreement to be sealed by the court.
In September of 2011, Tareq filed for divorce from his The Real Housewives of DC spouse Michaele citing both “abandonment of the marriage” and “adultery” as reasons. Michaele left her husband to be with the Journey rocker, and Tareq had reported her missing on September 13, 2011. Later, the FBI reported that Michaele had been found with Schon in Memphis, TN. Michaele and Schon have been now dating for over a year.
Michaele Salahi tells ET, “I am happier than ever with the man I love, Neal. Ecstatic that it is all behind us and I am enjoying life to the fullest!”
Tareq’s lawsuit will continue, however, solely against the Hollywood talent agency DD Entertainment. In a hearing scheduled for August 20, Tareq says that his attorney “will argue that Defendant DD Entertainment, whose founder actively promotes herself as the agent for ‘Mistresses of Hollywood’ who cheat on celebrity spouses, knowingly and willfully failed to pay his client money from celebrity appearances, photos and news stories. He will also contend that DD Entertainment tortuously interfered with his entertainment business resulting in significant lost income from projects like Dancing with the Stars Australia, Cheaterville and other endorsements and television shows.”
Tareq Salahi says in a statement, “I am thrilled with the resolution of this case and to close this chapter in my life and now move forward in a positive manner. I always maintained that my claims were valid and eventually they would be recognized as such. I wish Michaele the best. At this point, we focus our attention on monies earned and paid to our Hollywood Agent, DD Entertainment and we want to recoup what is owed to me based on stories, pictures, appearances and shows sold over several years.
Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon have yet another reason to pack on their prodigious PDA—they can celebrate kicking the butt of her soon-to-be ex-husband in court today.
E! News has exclusively learned that a Virginia judge dismissed Tareq Salahi’s $50 million claim against the former Real Housewives star and her Journey guitarist boyfriend.
Warren County (Va.) Circuit Court Judge Dennis Hupop ruled that the lawsuit, filed on Valentine’s Day, is “not legally sufficient” to move forward.
In case you don’t remember, this was the lawsuit where some colorful accusations were made, among them being that Schon sent Tareq pictures of his private parts. Tareq also claimed that the musician called him and said, “I’m f–king your wife!” (Alas, there’s no mention of Michaele and Schon getting hot and heavy in the Journey “Resonate” video.)
But more than that, Tareq felt that filing for divorce from Michaele ruined their brand (because that’s what’s important here).
Tareq had asserted that TV shows pulled offers from the former White House gatecrashers after his wife ran off with Schon last fall. That very public cuckolding inflicted pain and suffering on Tareq, per the court docs.
So, in addition to lost earnings, that $50 million represented, in Tareq’s eyes, damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy to defame, interference with a contract expectancy, unjust enrichment and defamation.
Clearly, the judge didn’t see it that way.
Neal Schon of Journey was one of the most anonymous rock stars in the world until he started dating accused White House gatecrasher and “Real Housewives of D.C.” star Michaele Salahi. Although he still shies away from interviews, Neal did sit down with me on my HDNet talk show “Naughty But Nice” to set the record straight about all the rumors and the ugly allegations that Michaele’s ex, Tareq Salahi, has thrown at him.
“I never sent Tareq a picture of my penis, and I didn’t call him on the phone to tell him I was f**king his wife either,” Neal tells me. “I’ve always taken care of situations like this behind closed doors, and this is the first time in the last five months that I have been in the media … so it’s hard. But Tareq chose to put it out there.”
Neal explains that he has known Michaele for more than 15 years, having met her in the 1990s. But the rocker insists that nothing romantic ever happened between the pair — even though he secretly wanted it to — until she left her husband and looked to him for help. Now, Neil says the two are headed toward marriage, a union his band mates approve of.
“[My] band mates Ross and Jonathan met her 15 years ago, so they have known her,” Neal says. “They love having her out there because she brings so much energy.”
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I don’t know about you, but I miss Michaele and Tareq Salahi. Best known for crashing a White House State Dinner in 2009, they can be blamed for the cancellation of the ill-fated Real Housewives of D.C., a franchise that was noted for its lack of drama and for the higher IQ points of their cast members. The remaining housewives refused to film if Michaele was kept on the cast, and Bravo, knowing that only she would bring the drama (and the LOLs) promptly went ahead and eliminated the show from their schedule.
Never daunted by anything, the Salahis continued their reign of fame-whoredom. She even made an appearance on Celebrity Rehab, until she was kicked out for not actually having an addiction. Since then, the pair have only been in the news due to Michale and Tareq’s divorce, which in their usual fashion, happened in a truly ridiculous manner.
Michaele left Tareq for Journey guitarist Neal Schon, a relationship she called a “fairy tale.” Let’s not forget she ran off with Neal, after Tareq reported her missing (after calling his pals at TMZ, of course), when in reality she had finally had enough of Tareq’s BS. Proving he’s made of nothing but class, Tareq found solace in the mesh arms of Michael Lohan.
So, it was no surprise at all to see Tareq gracing the front page of TMZ yet again with a new attention-grabbing scheme. This time, he has filed a lawsuit against Neal for $50 million dollars. He’s been talking about this lawsuit for a while now, and has finally filed in it in his home state of Virginia.
I’m ashamed to say that the lawsuit (kinda) makes some sense: Tareq claims that he and Michaele had a few business and television offers on the table, which were no longer available to him after his divorce (the Salahis are a package deal, after all). While I believe the Salahis probably did have offers for things like opening up a 7-11 or celebrity wrestling, I don’t believe, as Tareq claims, that Dancing With The Stars was ever a realistic offer. But, still, Tareq kinda has a point here.
In a more disturbing piece of news, Tareq also alleges that Neal sent him a photo of his penis, and also called to let him know, “I’m f**king your wife.” Tareq called it, “a metaphorical slap in the face.”
Tareq is suing Neal for “emotional distress, conspiracy to defame, interfering with a contract and defamation” and as an extra-special bonus, he wants $450k in punitive damages.
We wish Tareq the best of luck in his penis picture lawsuit. Michaele on the other hand, seems pretty content being a rock-star girlfriend and the pair even showed off their true love in the following video for Journey‘s song, Resonate. I must warn you that you shouldn’t eat while watching the video. You might get sick or ruin your computer when you bust out laughing at the sight of Michaele walking down the beach pensively in sepia-tone. Or when you see her and Neal swapping spit on the sand. You’ve been warned!
Tareq Salahi vs. Michaele Salahi:
It’s the nastiest divorce we’ve seen in a while and now only RumorFix can tell you about secret phone calls and an emotional meeting over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Tareq, who gained fame for allegedly crashing the White House, tells RumorFix exclusively that, “Michaele showed up at my house the day after Thanksgiving.” He was stunned, it was the first time Tareq saw his estranged wife since she left him for Journey’s co-founder Neal Schon.
The former couple who starred on Real Housewives of DC talked for two hours, “and she apologized to me for what was done. She started crying, we both started crying,” he told us in the extremely candid interview. Tareq says Michaele then asked, “Do you really want a divorce?”
When it was time to say goodbye — the Salahis hugged, “but it was not like a goodbye hug — it was the hug of lovers,” he revealed.
Tareq then said he got a barrage of tearful phone calls from his ex about two weeks ago. They came at about the same time that a nude photo of Neal was leaked on the Internet. Tareq even says her mother called five times. Tareq asks, “Why does Michaele keep calling me?”
Tareq says Michaele even called him on New Year’s Eve — a call he didn’t take. “Good riddance to 2011,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to putting this in my past.”
Michaele’s rep tells RumorFix the story “has zero truth to it.”
Tareq Salahi has fired off legal docs in his nasty divorce from Michaele Salahi, claiming she lived waaay beyond her means … and, oh yeah, she was banging another dude.
In Tareq’s response to MIchaele’s divorce petition, he claims she was a compulsive liar. The examples he gave … she SWORE she was a Washington Redskins Cheerleader and a Victoria’s Secret Model.
Tareq also says Michaele lived beyond her means, routinely spending thousands of bucks on hair extensions and beauty treatments and throwing lavish parties for him — in one case $16k.
And the whole banging thing … Tareq quotes Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who boasts he had sex with Michaele in his dressing room after a concert while she was still with Tareq. Schon says, “I have tennis shoes on and she’s, like, nine feet tall over me. 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 her! This has taken 15 years.'”
It’s a shame. They seem so … right for each other.