WH Party crasher Michaele Salahi claims Whoopi Goldberg ‘abused’ her

Whoopi touches Salahi’s back at 1:55

White House party crasher Michaele Salahi is one of the castmembers on the upcoming Real Housewives of DC, which premieres tonight on Bravo. She was on The View Wednesday with her co-stars and was in a lame typical argument with another housewife named Lynda from the show. Their argument was over an incident at a promotional party in which Salahi’s husband threw a glass of red wine on Lynda after she taunted Michaele by calling her an anorexic. Lynda then threw a scotch back at the husband, Tareq. These two fools were arguing back and forth about it on the View’s couches and were taking up time. Whoopi Goldberg came in from backstage and gently touched Michaele’s back to get her attention and said something about the White House. (The video is above, but you can see Whoopi touching Salahi better on Radar’s video around the :55 mark.) They then changed the topic to the Salahis showing up uninvited to that State Dinner last year, something they continue to deny despite being called to testify as part of a Congressional investigation. (They never said anything about it and took the fifth the whole time.)

Then backstage something went down with Whoopi. Michaele claims that Whoopi burst into the room and asked “did you say I f’ing hit you?!” after which Whoopi let loose with a bunch of expletives. According to Michaele, she voiced her concerns to a producer that Whoopi “grabbed” her, and that she didn’t think it was appropriate to ask her to change the subject that way. Whoopi got wind of it and went after her verbally. After Whoopi calmed down, she tried to apologize and explain to Michaele that she regularly swears and that it wasn’t a big deal. Michaele wasn’t having it, though, and of course issued a statement through her lawyer about it. She also told the story on The Today Show the next day. (Video below.) Here’s more, including the detail that Michelle conveniently left out of her interview on The Today show that her husband demanded an apology and then tried to shove his Blackberry in Whoopi’s face to tape her response.

When Michaele Salahi and her Real Housewives of D.C. castmates — Mary Schmidt Amons, Lynda Erkiletian, Catherine Ommanney and Stacie Scott Turner — appeared on the ABC talk show, the newly-minted realty star was rattled after she said Whoopi Goldberg, who was offstage for the segment, walked on the set, touched her arm and tried to refocus her on the topic at hand: her alleged crashing of the White House state dinner last November.

Though the encounter occupied no more than several seconds of airtime, offstage, an ugly scene reportedly happened when Salahi and her husband Tareq complained to producers about what she tells PEOPLE was a “humiliating and torturous” experience at the hands of Goldberg — and her View co-hosts.

“The first encounter I had with this woman is her grabbing my arm and telling me to change the subject,” Salahi tells PEOPLE in a phone interview Thursday. “It was very inappropriate … They want to torture me. I didn’t know [being interviewed on the View] would be this horrific.”

During that interview segment, Salahi also exchanged heated words with her Housewives costar Erkiletian, who alleged that Tareq threw a glass of red wine on her at a recent press event in Los Angeles. (Salahi fired back that Erkiletian lobbed a glass of Scotch back in her husband’s face.) The interview was testy, and afterward Salahi said, “When I got off stage I was fine, but then I began to cry. Whoopi came in and said ‘Did you [expletive] say that I hit you?’ ”

According to a statement on ABC’s Web site, Salahi told producers that Goldberg “hit” her. Salahi tells PEOPLE she used the word “grab.”
Goldberg doesn’t deny the backstage confrontation happened but denies she hit Salahi. “You know how I [denied it],” she said, “choice words. And I make no apology for my choice words.”

But the situation escalated after Salahi’s husband Tareq intervened.

“Tareq, my husband, said you need to apologize to my wife,” Salahi tells PEOPLE. “Whoopi doesn’t like to be told what to do. He said, ‘We’re just guests and this is an inappropriate way to treat guests.’ “

But Goldberg says Tareq “got in [her] face, had his BlackBerry out and started taking pictures of me. And needless to say, I really went off on him. And there was even more choice words. It was so choice, you could have cut it with a knife and eaten them.”

At this point, Salahi says, “I was really sobbing. I just wanted to get out of there.”

While Goldberg had no more to say about the matter Thursday, and co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck read a statement on air from Salahi’s attorney reiterating that no charges were levied after the alleged White House crashing incident, Salahi says she doesn’t understand where all the purported hostility came from on the set of The View.

“Whoopi, I don’t know you. I never saw Sister Act,” she says. “I don’t know much about her. The fact that I have had no encounters with her except this hostility, I don’t know where it’s coming from. It’s just another really painful learning lesson.”

[From People]

The Salahis are represented by Michael Lohan’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, who talked to the Daily Beast about the whole controversy. She said, in part “I think they treated her horribly. I think they defamed her [by asking about the party crashing on air]. I was really shocked by the way she was treated. It’s one thing to ask tough questions, it’s another to use defamatory language when you’ve been warned not to.” So Michaele was mad at Whoopi for yelling at her for allegedly making false claims, and she was mad that she got called out about the party crashing on The View.

The Salahis posted a notice on Facebook that they were going to talk about the incident and release the audio and video of Whoopi going ogg. They wrote in a now-deleted post “Salahis will address on Thursday Morning LIVE on National TV the outrageous abuse and exchange that took place on the ABC Show the View and a [sic] audio & video file from Whoopi Goldberg verbal attack to Michaele. Standby for details…

Michaele did talk about the alleged “abuse” on the Today show, (video below) but she was supposed to be promoting her new show and her other castmembers were pissed that the focus was on her. A woman named Cat said very clearly that she’s over Michaele and the scotch-throwing chick Lynda Erkiletian claimed to have been friends with the Salahis for 15 years before their falling out. Lynda said “they live a very fake Bonnie & Clyde life” and added that they’re misusing funds that are supposed to go to charity, as reported by the Washington Post. Michaele countered “you’re so crazy and jealous.” Then the one woman who didn’t diss Michaele yet moved on to talk about the show. Stacie Scott Turnersaid that their new show was “more sophisticated than some of the other series have been. You will not see the hair pulling… weave pulling.” Hoda said “I heard about the drink throwing though.”

Oh and ABC has issued an official response to this ridiculousness:

“At one point during Michaele Salahi’s appearance on The View on Wednesday, Whoopi lightly touched Ms. Salahi to get her attention and said to her, “Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please?,’ meaning could Ms. Salahi return to the original subject of the conversation. After the show, Ms. Salahi and her husband accused Whoopi of hitting Ms. Salahi. As the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous. After the show and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahis.”

[via The Daily Beast]

You know the Salahis are loving this. Michaele gets to be the focus of the new show despite the fact that all her costars can’t stand her, and they have more publicity to shill their book. They’re con artists who live for controversy like this. It’s ripe that they don’t want to talk about the party crashing when we would have never heard of them if they didn’t sneak into a state dinner uninvited. I’m not team Whoopi though by any means. Maybe now we have a little insight about her reasons for defending Mel Gibson.

Salahi tells her side of the story at 1:20.

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May 25, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - White House Crasher MICHAELE SALAHI exits after her appearance on the 'Late Night With David Letterman' held at the Ed Sullivan Theater. © Red Carpet Pictures

May 25, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - White House Crashers TAREQ SALAHI and his wife MICHAELE SALAHI pose for photos after their appearance on the 'Late Night With David Letterman' held at the Ed Sullivan Theater. © Red Carpet Pictures

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 30:(L-R) Cast members of The Real Housewives of DC Mary Amos; Michaele Salahi; Stacie Scott Turner Cat Ommanney;Lynda Erkiletian arrive at NBC Universal's 2010 TCA Summer Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 30, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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  1. mAnDa3 says:


  2. Cinderella says:

    Ugh, this couple is basically the middle-aged version of Heidi and Spencer. Just poisonous.

    Whoopie should have snatched those bleached extensions and made it worthwhile.

  3. Kiska says:

    @ Cinderella. You are absolutely right. Another H & S. However, I’m not completely sure why Whoopi had to come out and interrupt the discussion. She wasn’t on the panel.

  4. margo says:

    Ugh…LISA BLOOM aka : Gloria Allred’s daughter is a shameless fame-whore like her mother..

    Stop wasting tax-payer money tying up courts representing even scummier fame-whore’s–Camera chaser’s all of em!

  5. guesty says:

    the interview was brutal. uninvited & unwarranted touching is a great big no. the co-hosts of the view were completely out of line.

  6. Sumodo1 says:


  7. mln says:

    The Salahis are lame but the View has de-evolved into a long running episode of the Real Housewives of ABC and has been on that level for some time.

  8. melanie says:

    She sounds like the new Heidi Montag

  9. xxodettexx says:

    all of them [salahis, attorneys and the view ladies] are abusing my ears with their ridiculousness…


  10. electric says:

    What happened to Whoopi? She’s basically on the level of the Real Housewives now…any intelligent person would not engage with someone like Michaleala Shalhis (I’m too lazy to even cut and paste her name)

    If they really accused Whoopi of hitting her, couldn’t she just have said “You know that is incorrect, and I think video footage will support me. There is nothing left to discuss.” Instead, she gets into a screaming match with a couple of famewhores and then takes more airtime to defend her idiocy? Pathetic, all of them. The View is a total shitfest

  11. aenflex says:

    again, who are these women??

  12. lisa says:


    She does that all the time. Usually during food segments and such. I saw the tape..All Whoopie did was touch her on the back. No hitting.

    But the View is stupid. Look at the guest. This is what happens when you allow trashy people on your show, giving them a platform. NOW learn and don’t repeat this again.. All those housewives shows should be taken off the air.

  13. lola lola says:

    Whoopi should really given her a smack down. Shame on the View for even having this shrew as a guest.

  14. meme says:

    Orange County, Atlanta, NYC, Washington, NJ. We have a lot more cities/states to go through before that moron running Bravo has to find a new gimmick.

  15. LondonLady says:

    looks like no more promotional invites for those two on chat shows. What a numnuts. If I was Whoopi i’d be pissed too.

    If Bravo want to get real socialites on their show they need to start paying real money, especially in DC where reputation is everything. I think DC was that step too far for this show.

  16. Anti-icon says:

    God I hope these two-bit grifters are the ones who bring down reality TV once and for all. *fingers crossed*

  17. Azurea says:

    Anyone else think “Guesty” is Michaela? 😉

  18. BReed says:

    I wish Whoopie had really “whooped” this stupid woman’s bony ass. She and her husband are writing/selling some book that “explains things”. PUH-LEEZE!!!

  19. buckley says:

    I am SO watching this tonight.
    The Salahis are vile.

  20. alibeebee says:

    TEAM WHoppi all the way .. That salahi woman should just STFU already

  21. meme says:

    That broad in the red dress will be laughing all the way to the bank and she knows it.

  22. jasper says:

    If the lady (and I use that term loosely) would of just answered the questions (she was in an interview!)…perhaps things wouldn’t of gotten…somewhat louder than it should of.
    She pled the fifth before…now the only way you will know what happened at the White Rose is if you read her book. She’s getting exactly what she wants….PUBLICITY. I feel sorry for the other housewives of DC…good luck to them.

  23. Kelley says:

    Fake hair colour, fake cheeks, fake nose … yuck.

  24. Liana says:

    She was lightly touched on the arm to get her attention. Get over it.

  25. hmm says:

    yeah, i’m guessing that Guesty is either Michaele or her douchebag husband. Just what we need a middle aged Heidi and Spencer.

  26. irishserra says:

    Can’t this Salahi broad answer one f-ing question? Jeez! She runs her mouth yet never really says anything.

  27. Ron says:

    Obviously tons of people watch this dreck because there are 175,00 real houeswife shows. But who are they? Who actually wastes an hour of their valuable time on these disgusting women and their equally disgusting husbands? Who and why? And shouldn’t the name of the show really be the Surgically Enhanced Housewives of….

  28. buckley says:

    At least it warms my heart to know these two losers will ALWAYS be known as the party crashers.
    It’s a thing of beauty.

  29. gretchen says:

    Anyone else think “Guesty” is Michaela?

    no and i agree with her, why did whoppi come out like that and jab/touch her in the back, much as i hate the party crashers and love the president, i think whoppi couldn’t control her emotions and jabbed her in a “stfu” kind of way

  30. original kate says:

    i thought of a middle aged heidi & spencer, too! just give these two a couple of years and she’ll have even more plastic surgery and he’ll morph into a crystal carrying yeti.

  31. Shannon says:

    I can’t bring myself to feel outraged. I lost all respect for Whoopi after her insistence on defending Mel Gibson.

  32. laura says:

    Michaele is just another bleached blonde hollywood OPPORTUNIST!!!!

    i dont believe Whoopi was out of line AT ALL…Whoopi is a seasoned actor, host and grammy award winner. sorry michaele but you get NOOOOOO credibility.

    typical blonde FAME WHORE.

    try again. whoopis NOT the one

  33. snowball says:

    It’s weird, I try really hard not to have actual personal feelings (I have lots of opinions) about all the celebs, personalities, whatevers. But these two, I don’t know what it is. I didn’t care when they crashed the White House dinner thing, although when I saw the video of them preening, I growled. But when I saw them on the Today show crying like babies about the WH being nasty to them the first time, I hated them with the fire of a thousand suns.

    I don’t know what it is about these two, they just really, really, really make me pissed. I’m speechless that any talk shows invite them anywhere. They’re evil.

  34. ol cranky says:

    the only people who are bigger fame whores than the Salahis are Lisa Bloom & her mother Gloria Allred

  35. hellen says:

    Much as I dislike the Salahis, I also think Whoopi is an asshat. And The View is becoming the new version of Jerry Springer.

  36. OhCamille! says:

    Thanks for the link.
    Grifters and cons that got close to the POTUS. Scary.
    Wow, The View has jumped the shark, officially.
    just blech!!!

  37. guesty says:

    @azurea & @hmm…lol!!! & @ gretchen… 😀

  38. kim says:

    Shows what an idiot Whoopi is for playing into what they obviously wanted to happen. These are reality show people for goodness sake – of course they want controversy. This small plug for the show was made huge by Whoopi falling into their trap. NOw they can go on even more shows to talk about the “abuse.” Whoopi handed them a Golden Ticket =(

  39. oduroyal says:

    Stupid azz Whoopi should have never put her hands on Michelle. She should be fired or suspended immediately. Is this how The View treats their guests? They are all such sad, stupid women 🙁

  40. Cletus says:

    It would have been so kick ass if whoopi would have shot her instead of just touching her.

  41. Tiffany says:

    Hoda’s response, the best thing about reading this. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  42. mai tai says:

    The Salahis are CONARTISTS!!!

    That woman is anorexic fugly.

  43. mojoman says:

    They are all losers, with a capital L. That is all.

  44. annie says:

    @cletus, really?

  45. jc126 says:

    I saw this twit bitching on the Today Show about how mean the View women were to her – she’s a piece of trash. I wish Whoopi – or anybody – had hit her in the head with a baseball bat.

  46. Vibius says:

    Im not a big view fan either, but to call this torture shows how shallow she really is.

  47. canadianchick says:

    @hellen, totally agree, so Jerry Springerish between the housewives and Whoopi, Whoopi sunk to their level. The POTUS must be regretting his decision to be on the show a week ago. I think Whoopi is going to be fired by Baba Wawa-I used to admire Whoopi, but I think she’s too out of control/rant-y.

  48. Michael says:

    Whoopi is the moderator of the show and she had every right to ask this train wreck attention-whore to not stray from the topic. It was stupid to even have these women on the show; their stupid housewives show isn’t worth a piss and I’m sorry to see so much television time devoted to yet another promotion for self-absorbed cat women who shop, fight, screw, shop, fight, and hissy-fit on every episode.

  49. CJ Berk says:

    The Salahis are probably shallow con-artists BUT Whoopi is so low-end; she gave Michael Vick a free pass on killing dogs and defended Mel Gibson-so her criteria for moral behavior seems a little skewed. I’m just sayin’…..Whoopi Goldberg ought to clean up her act or maybe just keep quiet.

  50. ak47 says:

    Michaele Salahi looks like a coked-out anorexic ‘ho.

    Whoopi should have decked her!

  51. Lia says:

    Team Whoopi here. That woman and her husband should be shunned by the rest of society. Instead, they are making a crapload of money off of their disgusting behavior.

  52. nel says:


    well said.


  53. Crash2GO2 says:

    I don’t think Whoopsie was out of line with the touch necessarily, but you have to be really careful with that stuff. She definitely shouldn’t gone all Gibson on the woman though.

    As for the party crashers? They are just too precious. Blech.

  54. lucy2 says:

    Whoopi didn’t hit her, but can I?

    I’d rather eat glass than watch these no talent famewhores squawk like chickens at each other. And I don’t like the View either.