How do you solve a problem like the Salahis? “Real Housewives of DC” star Michaele Salahi and husband Tareq Salahi have been accused of everything from getting in a backstage brawl with Whoopi Goldberg to ticking off her fellow “Housewives” to charging $500 a head for a “Housewives” premiere party.
And that was just this week. Their past fun activities include, of course, crashing a White House party.
A certain amount of controversy is good for a reality show, but Michaele has officially moved past fun cartoon villain (think Cruela de Vil) to kinda evil (think Nurse Rached).
Here are five suggestions for how she could rehab her image.
1. Go seven days without getting your face splashed all over the tabloids. It’s called ordering in for dinner and not going on talk shows where you know they will ask you about the things you claim you don’t want to talk about (like that White House party).
2. Do a little charity work. You don’t have to become Gandhi, but helping the needy could help you mentally as well. Warning, do not call the paparazzi in advance to make sure your appearance at the soup kitchen is in the next edition of Star (see tip No. 1). Do it under the radar and out of the goodness of your heart.
3. Admit you crashed that White House party. Isn’t it time we got passed that little “we were invited” charade?
4. Don’t sue Whoopi Goldberg. Unless you want to continue appearing as the punchline in the answer to the question “Whose ‘View’ appearance made Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck look like normal, rational people?”
5. Get in on the joke. Just ask Hugh Grant and David Letterman – nothing helps a scandal blow over faster than making fun of yourself.
What do you think — got any suggestions for Michaele, or is it too late?
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