Gatecrashers hawk tale, get pricey
The couple who crashed President Barack Obama’s first state dinner are peddling their story to broadcast networks for hundreds of thousands of dollars, a TV executive said.world Updated: Nov 29, 2009 23:34 IST
The couple who crashed President Barack Obama’s first state dinner are peddling their story to broadcast networks for hundreds of thousands of dollars, a TV executive said.
The executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the network does not publicly discuss bookings, said that representatives for Michaele and Tareq Salahi contacted networks to urge them to “get their bids in” for an interview.
The executive said the Virginia couple were looking for a payment in the mid-six figures range.
CNN confirmed that the Salahis had cancelled an appearance they had scheduled for Larry King Live on Monday. Network news divisions say they don’t pay for interviews. But for eagerly sought interviews in the past, they have offered to pay for access to exclusive material, such as pictures or videos from their subjects.
Representatives for the couple did not return telephone and email requests for comment.
Michaele Salahis is a reality TV hopeful trying to get on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of DC Her and her husband’s success in getting into the state dinner on Tuesday without an invitation embarrassed the White House and Secret Service.