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Video: Salahi: ‘View’s’ Whoopi ‘berated’ me

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    KATHIE LEE GIFFORD, co-host: Thanks to a little incident that took place...

    HODA KOTB, co-host: Mm-hmm.

    GIFFORD: ...at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last November, Bravo 's " Real Housewives of D.C. " has earned a lot of early buzz.

    KOTB: Yeah, no kidding. But there's much more to the Washington installment of the franchise. Here's just a tiny sample of some of the drama that is in store.

    KOTB: Love .

    GIFFORD: Well, that part we agree with that.

    KOTB: Yes, we do.

    GIFFORD: And here with us are Michaele Salahi , model and founder of America 's Polo Cup . Stacie Scott Turner , Harvard grad and successful DC realtor.

    KOTB: And we've got Cat . Pronounce your last name, Cat .

    Ms. CAT OMMANNEY ("The Real Housewives of D.C."): Ommanney .

    KOTB: Ommanney -- Ommanney , writer and interior designer. Lynda ...

    Ms. LINDA ERKILETIAN: Erkiletian .

    KOTB: ... Erkiletian , owner and founder of...

    GIFFORD: We're all going to know very soon how to say all of them.

    KOTB: ... DC 's top modeling agency. And Mary Schmidt Amons , philanthropist and mother the five.


    KOTB: Welcome. Hello ladies.

    GIFFORD: So...

    Ms. MICHAELE SALAHI ("The Real Housewives of D.C."): Hello. Thank you for having us.

    Ms. LYNDA ERKILETIAN ("The Real Housewives of D.C."): Hello .

    KOTB: OK, I think we need to get right into the...

    GIFFORD: Wait. We got to solve that and then we'll get to everything else.

    KOTB: OK.

    GIFFORD: We'll get it out of the way.

    KOTB: So yesterday on " The View " there was -- we saw what happened on the air. Then they said you were crying and very upset off the air. What was so upsetting that made you cry after the show was over?

    Ms. SALAHI: You know, I walked off the show at the end. We said goodbye...

    KOTB: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. SALAHI: ... and I was in the back and Whoopi came into the room and said, you know, F this, F that. `Did you say I F -ing hit you?' And I 'm just sitting in a room waiting for our car and I had already been through being called a crasher, you saw how the story played out. She kind of snuck up behind me, said `get onto the White House ,' and was like...

    GIFFORD: And one of them also said...

    Ms. SALAHI: She wanted...

    GIFFORD: ...she thought you should be in jail for...

    Ms. SALAHI: Right. And then they flashed an applause sign.

    GIFFORD: Sherry -- oh, they did.

    Ms. SALAHI: Yeah. So you'll hear the crowd go, but they don't tell you that that applause sign went up.

    KOTB: But what made you cry when you got off the set?

    Ms. SALAHI: That all didn't bother me because that's just them...

    GIFFORD: You know want what you were...

    Ms. SALAHI: ...and they were spinning their story.

    KOTB: So what was it?

    GIFFORD: You've had quite a year since November.

    Ms. SALAHI: Yeah, right, quite a year.

    GIFFORD: Yeah.

    Ms. SALAHI: So when I got off, I was still fine, but I think her coming in saying F that, F this...

    KOTB: Did you say she hit me, or she...

    Ms. SALAHI: No. Actually a producer -- I said `bring me the person, Whoopi . I never said you hit me.' I said, `you tugged -- you grabbed my arm'...

    KOTB: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. SALAHI: ...`to tell me get onto the White House .' But I'm not the producer of the show. Bill is or any of the other -- like the co-anchors.

    KOTB: Mm-hmm.

    GIFFORD: Sue Solomon over there.

    Ms. SALAHI: She should have maybe grabbed their arm and said hurry on to the White House . So I'm not -- I'm just there as a guest. It's my first time, and I think I started crying because now I have someone that I don't even know, I'm a guest of their show, and they're berating me with F this. And then at the end she said, `Well, I just -- you have to know me. I just way F this. I don't -- you know, I don't mean it. I just say F you, F no. But I don't mean that. You know, you understand that.' I don't know her personality. I've never -- like I knew her from the movie, " Sister Act " so I don't expect a sister to be saying F you.

    GIFFORD: She -- yeah, yeah.

    Ms. SALAHI: So.

    GIFFORD: Whoopi is very passionate about many, many things.

    Ms. SALAHI: Right.

    GIFFORD: As is Joy . They all are. That's what makes the show...

    Ms. SALAHI: Right.

    Ms. OMMANNEY: Right.

    GIFFORD: ...so long-lasting, actually.

    KOTB: Right.

    Ms. SALAHI: Yeah.

    GIFFORD: But that's also what sets apart these housewife franchises...

    KOTB: Hm.

    GIFFORD: ...that you get to know the different women and their personalities. We feel like you're the only one we know.

    Ms. SALAHI: Right.

    KOTB: And we...

    GIFFORD: And you think we don't know you at all because of what has been presented about you.

    Ms. SALAHI: Right. Right.

    KOTB: Well, the stuff that's been presented is, she said she was a cheerleader but she really wasn't. She said she had this, but she really didn't. They walked into the White -- like you see the image that everyone has of you.

    Ms. SALAHI: Yes. It's a great one the media's created. It's a lot of media misinformation.

    GIFFORD: But it must be a very difficult one to actually live with.

    Ms. SALAHI: Very, very painful.

    GIFFORD: How do you do it ?

    Ms. SALAHI: Because you know who you are within yourself. I have a great mom. You know, my dad's passed, but I have a great family. And no matter what people say, just like Whoopi , you know, yelling at me yesterday, I know who I am. So you can hate me. You can flash "applause" signs, I didn't do anything. I went as a guest and I was proud to be there.

    KOTB: But I -- but I do think the thing that everyone can't get past when it comes to showing up at the White House dinner was...

    Ms. SALAHI: Right.

    KOTB: ...everyone wants to know is was there a formal invitation when you -- when you -- when you showed up there, and was it something that was kind of drummed up by the show like let's go...

    GIFFORD: Concocted.

    KOTB: ...let's bring the cameras, let's make a thing out of it, let's see if we can get you on the -- on the TV show ?

    Ms. SALAHI: Right. The show will have to speak on its behalf, I can only speak on mine. And mine was we were invited, we had a White House official -- we phoned at 5:30 at night.

    GIFFORD: That was Desiree Rogers who's been replaced?

    Ms. SALAHI: No. She actually resigned from what I understand...

    KOTB: Mm-hmm.

    GIFFORD: Under pressure, I'm sure.

    Ms. SALAHI: ...and we'd gone with her, correct.

    KOTB: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. SALAHI: And -- but, no, our official was Michelle Jones ...

    KOTB: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. SALAHI: ...and she actually spoke at our America 's Polo Cup . And we were actually called at 5:30 that evening and asked -- we had never been to a state dinner. Where do we go? How do we enter? What do we do ? We're Mr. and Mrs. Salahi.

    KOTB: Right.

    Ms. SALAHI: We gave our names, we were announced, you saw that image a hundred times.

    GIFFORD: Yes.

    Ms. SALAHI: You know, so the crasher thing became a media storm .

    KOTB: How much...

    GIFFORD: But then also taking the Fifth when you were asked in Congress ...

    Ms. SALAHI: Right, we...

    GIFFORD: ...and stuff. All of that makes a person -- it's not right, but it creates the -- what's the word I'm looking for -- it makes...

    KOTB: Image.

    GIFFORD: ...you feel like they must be hiding something, the impression -- the impression.

    Ms. SALAHI: We weren't allowed to talk.

    GIFFORD: By your attorney.

    Ms. SALAHI: By our attorney and by Bravo . We weren't allowed to disclose -- I think I sat on this couch...

    GIFFORD: But see, even that, that's when I'd quit. That's when I would quit, and say, ` Wait a minute , this is my life , this is my reputation.'

    Ms. SALAHI: Right.

    GIFFORD: `I don't care about some stupid TV show . I'm going to tell the truth about what happened to my life.'

    Ms. SALAHI: Right. And I wanted to, but Congress has prejudged us. And many of the people that went to our event enjoyed wine and were at it...

    KOTB: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. SALAHI: ...were saying `they're con artists, they're whatever.'


    KOTB: Now, Cat -- now, Cat is over it.

    GIFFORD: Cat is having a fit with it.

    KOTB: Cat -- first of all, we...

    Ms. AMONS: We're so tired of...

    Ms. OMMANNEY: Sick to death of it.

    Ms. AMONS: ...hearing it and talking about it.

    KOTB: Tell us why.

    GIFFORD: OK, why? And you better buckle up because we're -- this is...

    KOTB: Tell us why, tell us why.

    Ms. AMONS: This is a show -- this is a show about five people, not one couple.

    GIFFORD: But we haven't seen the show yet.

    Ms. AMONS: Right.

    KOTB: Right, so we don't know yet.

    GIFFORD: So we don't understand.

    Ms. AMONS: But all of this press, you know, when it occurred yesterday, it's -- we're just so finished with it.

    KOTB: You're done. I can tell on your face.

    Ms. AMONS: And we're so disappointed.

    KOTB: Cat , what were you...

    GIFFORD: And we're sorry because -- but we really...

    Ms. OMMANNEY: No, no, no, not about -- not about you or the question.

    GIFFORD: ...until we see the show we're not going to be able to...

    KOTB: Go! Go!

    Ms. OMMANNEY: It's just, you know...

    KOTB: In general, are you guys over her?

    Ms. OMMANNEY: Completely, yeah.

    Ms. AMONS: Totally.

    KOTB: OK. So you're over her.

    GIFFORD: Had you been friends at any time?

    Ms. OMMANNEY: No.

    GIFFORD: All right, we're going to come back...

    KOTB: So we're...

    GIFFORD: ...because...

    KOTB: ...and continue that part of the discussion right after this.

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