For some reason, Bravo’s “Real Housewives” shows bring in a lot of ratings. People can’t get enough of the screaming, hair pulling, swearing, overall mean rich girls parading around their expensive lifestyles. One of the most talked about “Real Housewives” shows has turned out to be “Real Housewives of DC,” staring, among others, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, or more infamously known as the alleged White House Party Crashers. After only one season, the Salahi’s crazy antics, from the one that started it all to the recent one where they threatened to sue anyone who referred to them as party crashers again, has made this one of the most talked about shows on Bravo.
Although the show doesn’t yet hold a candle to the crazy that is “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” it’s definitely one of the more popular shows, and it’s pretty safe to say that the Salahi’s are a big part of that. However, it appears that everyone over at Bravo has had enough of the Salahi’s, and is preparing to enter into the second season without them being featured on the show. Although they have not been in talks with the Housewives about season two, it looks like some of them will only return of the Salahi’s don’t. “I don’t think anybody would do a show with Michaele,” housewife Lynda Erkiletian tells E!. “I don’t think anybody would voluntarily associate themselves ever again.” Now, true, the whole season and articles in the press and on gossip sites has been a sort of Lynda vs. Michaele power struggle, but it looks like if Bravo wants a season two, then it has to be without the Salahi’s. And they seem to be OK with that. Now the real question is if ratings will be any good without the Salahi’s. When you think “Real Housewives of DC,” you think of Michaele, whether it be complaining about people talking about an eating disorder, or accusing Whoppi Goldberg of assault. As terrible as they may be, that drama is what brings in ratings. Look at Danielle Staub or Teresa Giudice. Their respective prostitution past and bankruptcy catapulted them and the show, “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” into the spotlight as one the most drama filled reality shows on television. The drama that Bethenny Frankel caused her castmates on “Real Housewives of New York” led her to her own spin off show. Shows like this thrive on drama, and that’s what the Salahi’s bring. Some people claim the show is already the most boring of the “Real Housewives” shows, so imagine what would happen if they didn’t have the uber-drama the Salahi’s bring. Now, I’m not saying that it’s practical to replace four castmates just to keep one, but unless they can find someone good to fill the void, unfortunately this show will probably suffer without them.