'Real Housewives of D.C.' canceled after one season
"The Real Housewives of D.C." has been canceled after one season and cast members such as Michaele Salahi and Catherine Ommanney appear to be taking the news in stride.
The reality show ran from August to October of 2010 and also starred Mary Amons, Lynda Erkiletian and Stacie Turner. The series is the only one of Bravo's roster of "Real Housewives" reality shows that did not make it past a first season.
"I want to thank Bravo for this past opportunity," Salahi, part of the so-called "White House party crashers, said on her Facebook page. "My next project will be wild and entertaining... and more to say and come after that! Love you all for your support! OXO."
"We had an amazing season and we told stories that were unique to any other in the franchise," Andy Cohen, Bravo's executive vice president of original programming and development, told the Washington Post. "I wish all our DC Wives the best and hope to work with them again in another capacity."
Besides Salahi, Ommanney and Amons are also planning other projects.
"So the milk was spilt,and we cried over it..(meow meow) and then the next show..mmm well thats going to be 'creme de la creme'!!" Ommanney said on her Twitter page.
"Bittersweet day, memorable fun ride w/ @catommanney @THErealLyndaDC @stacieturnerdc & the Bravo family! Exciting projects ahead! #staytuned," Amons Tweeted.
Turner thanked fans for watching, saying: "The past 18 months has truly been an amazing adventure! Thanks so much for your support. The best is yet to come......."
Bravo has not commented about why the show was canceled. "The Real Housewives of D.C." averaged about 1.4 million viewers, making it the second most watched debut season of a "Real Housewives" franchise. In first place is "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." The Washington Post called the cast members of "The Real Housewives of D.C." too "dignified," when compared to those on the other shows.
"We are too dignified!" Erkiletian Tweeted. "LOL ..its not a bad thing! Xo L"
Salahi had already started to work on a side project - she had begun to film the upcoming fifth season of the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab" but was kicked off the series after producers said she did not meet the criteria.
The treatment program that is featured on "Celebrity Rehab" is intended for people with "serious substance abuse and addiction issues," VH1 had said in a statement, regarding Salahi's axing.
"Prior to the taping of the current season, producers were advised that Michaele Salahi met the criteria to be treated in this setting," the cable network said. "However, professional assessments spanning from that time to the present, found that she did not meet such criteria. As a result, she is no longer participating in the program."
Salahi's husband Tariq told OnTheRedCarpet.com that Salahi, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was "fired due to her health condition, which is a clear violation of the Americans Disabilities Act."
Salahi had said in a statement that she was consulting with host and therapist Dr. Drew Pinsky and is dealing with "private pains and personal struggles she endured that resulted from the White House issues, Congress and how these life changing events affected her multiple sclerosis."
Others stars who reportedly appear on the upcoming fifth season of "Celebrity Rehab" include Lindsay Lohan's father Michael Lohan, Los Angeles socialite and actress Bai Ling, actress Sean Young, actor Jeremy Jackson, Amy Fisher, a porn star who was dubbed the "Long Island Lolita" in the 1990s after she shot the wife of her lover at age 17, and former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler.
VH1 has not made a formal casting announcement and a spokesperson for the network had no immediate comment on the report.