Have you ever wondered what happened to the cast of the Real Housewives of D.C.? The White House party crashers are no more, which many people knew after the reality show went off the air after one season. But what many people may not have expected is the financial stress one half of the White House party crashers would find himself under.
In a new feature story for Washingtonian Magazine, Tareq Salahi reveals that he was close to having his Washington, D.C.-area home fall into foreclosure and resorted to extreme measures to save it.
“But of course, in the afterlife of a reality-TV figure, there’s always another opportunity to sell yourself, even if the price has tumbled. By renting out the property on Airbnb, Tareq was able to get back on his feet,” the magazine reported.
If you did not catch the surprise in the quote above, let it sink in. A reality star who Washingtonian described as having appeared on late night television chat shows and a slew of other media is renting his home out to the average Joe for $200 per night. And not only is he renting out his home, but the spurned reality star whose ex-wife is now married to a member of Journey is selling merchandise to his nightly guests, finally making ends meet and living a life that was not necessarily described as happy but also not described as destitute.
“There’s a Real Housewives of D.C. sticker covering Michaele’s face, a bronze plaque listing ‘widely unknown facts’ about the White House gatecrashing incident, and, right next to it, Salahi merchandise that Tareq sells to his Airbnb guests. The I CRASHED AT THE WHITE HOUSE PARTY CRASHER’S PAD! T-shirts go for $20 each, or ten for $150. ‘About once a month, we’ve got to reorder [more],’ he says. ‘Sometimes a group will take the whole box.'”
Even though the Real Housewives of D.C. did not last past a season of the White House crashers and four other couples, Washingtonian reports the series will return to the greater Washington area with the new Real Housewives of Potomac. But what about the four other couples? What happened to them? The magazine reports that the Real Housewives of D.C. followed the path of the White House crashers, and none of them are married or dating any longer. Not. A. Single. Couple.
Regarding the latest iteration of the show — Real Housewives of Potomac — Bustle is reporting that while the Washington, D.C., suburb is nice, it may not be the exclusive group many have seen from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and other shows in the franchise.
The website noted that individuals are taking to Twitter and other social media sites to say the Potomac they know — one of the richest zip codes in America, mind you — is not what has been portrayed in Real Housewives. To that, Bustle said sure, it may not be a snobby as it appears. But that is not the point of the show.
“Obviously, this is the case for every city. New York City isn’t always as glam as it seems,” Bustle reports. “The O.C. has strip malls. Bravo doesn’t promise to show the average Potomac citizen’s life. Instead, it’s choosing to show a very select group of people living extraordinary lives. It might not be accurate to everyone’s experiences, but somewhere in Potomac, there’s a crab boil to be had and a birthday dinner to be ruined.”
Of course, while Potomac is portrayed as uppity, at least the stars have not fallen on hard times like former cast member Tariq Salahi. It also is not near as bad as Teresa Giudice’s stay at the pen, which she details in her new book.
Tell us what you think? Would you stay at a former reality star’s home on Airbnb? Is Real Housewives of Potomac portraying a fake image of the affluent D.C. suburb? And are you going to read former Real Housewives star Teresa Giudice’s new book? Tell us in the comments section below.