Michaele Salahi‘s presence is missed during her Real Housewives of D.C. co-star Cat Ommanney’s launch party for her memoir Inbox Full held Thursday at NYC’s Ted Gibson Salon. The bubbly blonde has been tapped to appear on the latest incarnation of Celebrity Rehab.

A source close to production tells me, “Michaele is on the closed set filming and does not suffer from an ‘addiction.’ More details will be announced in the very near term on what she is doing in this television project.”

Her Real Housewives of D.C. co-stars react to the news that the White House party crasher will star on the show – and it isn’t always polite.

Lynda Erkiletian, who clashed with Michaele on Housewives, saw Celebrity Rehab coming.

“I’ve been recommending therapy for quite a while, and probably now’s a good time,” she tells me. “I think it will be an amazing story for Dr. Drew. I respect him, and I think he has a great show. I’m looking forward to seeing how he peels back that onion.”

Meanwhile, Cat wishes Michaele and hubby Tareq would disappear.

“Nope, I’m not gonna say it,” she tells me. “I wish that they went on their way and we don’t have to hear about it all the time. I’m trying to get a hold of Google to find out how I can block their name from coming up on my computer — or my Facebook or my Twitter, period. I haven’t figured out how to do that yet, but hopefully I will.”

Still, Mary Schmidt Amons wishes the couple nothing but the best.

“Good for them,” the married mom of five tells me. “I’m happy for them. I really am. I feel like they have their own path that they’re carving out, and I wish them all the best. I have no ill will toward them. Whatever they want to do, it’s their game, and they’re playing it.”

Hm, what’s the latest on Real Housewives of D.C. season two?

Mary says ,“We don’t know what’s going on. There’s no word about a second season.”

Lynda says, “We’re all very happy, but what I love about us is that we’re friends. We love each other. We have lives, and we continue to live those lives. Come what may, we’re all very happy. “

Full disclosure: Michaele is very sweet. OK! did a fashion shoot with the cast in Washington, D.C., last summer, and she has made an effort to stay in touch by phone and e-mail. She is always inviting me down to the winery next time I’m in Virginia.

Here’s my pic with Michaele:

Valerie Nome, Michaele Salahi

Of course, Cat Ommanney is also awesome. Pick up her memoir Inbox Full.


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