October 7th, 2010
09:16 AM ET
As one of “The Real Housewives of D.C.," Lynda Erkiletian completely understands why so many people are fascinated by her fellow cast members, Tareq and Michaele Salahi.
The owner of a modeling agency told CNN the buzz surrounding the Salahis – who became well known last year after they made it past security to shake hands with President Obama during a state dinner for the prime minister of India – is more than warranted.
“I don’t think it was just our show that had to set its sights on the Salahis,” she said. “It was the entire nation who had set its sights on the Salahis given their alleged lack of invitation. It’s impossible to do a show in the nation’s capital and have a national breach of security involving one of our cast members and not have it shake our world.”
The Bravo reality show will have its finale tonight, and viewers will get a behind the scenes glimpse at that fateful night when the Salahis became arguably two of the world’s most famous party guests.
Erkiletian said it’s been surreal watching herself on television, and it turns out it's also been a little educational: Even she was shocked at some of the things she's witnessed by watching the show.
“I was surprised when someone told me that Michaele was suggesting that she was a Redskinette (a cheerleader for the NFL team, the Redskins),” she said. “I mean, why do you make something like that up? Watching the show, it was enlightening as to how far the Salahis were willing to take things.”
She added, “From years ago when I met her and then when I met him, it seemed like an increase in bad behavior.”
Erkiletian, who viewers saw invite friends to bless her new home with sage and good thoughts, said she had her astrologer run Michaele Salahi’s chart. And while the astrologer respected the code of not sharing all that she saw in the chart to respect Salahi's privacy, she did reveal something interesting to Erkiletian.
“What she did say was in a word, ‘arrogance,’” Erkiletian said. “I think that whole part of our show [the White House security breach] was embarrassing. It was embarrassing for our president and it was scary for me because it was the second alleged incident of a breach of security for our president.”
She said she enjoyed the experience of being a "Housewife" and wouldn’t mind participating in a second season. And if folks are looking forward to the finale, they should also be tuning in for the reunion show, she said.
“I like to think that I remain centered but when you see the reunion show you are going to be like ‘Is that the same person, is that Lynda,’” she said. “There are things that happen over time that when you have the opportunity to sit next to someone like the Salahis, you want to express yourself. And on the reunion show there is A LOT of expressing ourselves.”
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