March 27, 2010 / 12:18 AM / 8 years ago

White House gate-crashers get TV show parts: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Washington couple who gate-crashed a state dinner at the White House in November will be featured in a new series of the Bravo cable channel’s popular reality TV franchise “Real Housewives,” The Daily Beast news website reported on Friday.

President Barack Obama (second left) greets Michaele Salahi (C) and her husband Tareq (R) during a state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) at the White House on November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Samantha Appleton-The White House/Handout

Michaele and Tareq Salahi caused an embarrassing security flap at the White House when they finessed their way into a state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh without a formal invitation and were photographed shaking hands with President Barack Obama.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi testify before the House Homeland Security Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

The Virginia couple were auditioning for a part in “The Real Housewives of D.C.” and had been followed by a camera crew earlier in the day.

The Daily Beast, citing sources close to the TV series, said Bravo has now decided to go ahead with the show premiering in July. Bravo could not immediately be reached for comment.

“The Real Housewives of D.C” would be the latest in the hit reality franchise which has profiled the lives of wealthy society women in New York, Atlanta, Orange County and New Jersey, turning many of them into minor celebrities.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Todd Eastham

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