Michaele “Don’t Call Me a Gatecrasher” Salahi and her husband, Tareq Salahi, have accused Whoopi Goldberg of woman-handling the reality show personality on Ms. Goldberg’s daytime talk show, “The View.”
According to a video clip posted by “The View,” Whoopi –who was not a part of the on stage panel– walks on stage and lightly touches Salahi on her back to get her attention before making a comment. Salahi, who is visibly on the end of the couch, turns around and notices Goldberg and continues speaking.
Considering that she didn’t “shriek” or say “ow” shows that the incident isn’t as melodramatic as Ms. Salahi challenges.
The incident supposedly stems from Goldberg wanting Salahi to talk more about the Obama’s state dinner where she and her husband allegedly “gatecrashed” it. She and her husband were supposedly not on the guest list for the Obamas’ high profile event.
Though Salahi insists on minimizing the issue — even going as far as to refuse testimony in a Congressional hearing— Goldberg allegedly wants her to discuss it more. (“Gatecrash”-gate escalated so much that former White House Social Secretary, Desiree Rogers, stepped down amid the firestorm over their alleged party crashing. Desiree Rogers was the first Black to hold the position of Social Secretary.)
Then it got weird…
According to Goldberg, Salahi’s husband Tareq comes swooping in like a rabid bat out of hell (not Goldberg’s words) and starts accusing Goldberg of woman-handling his wife. Just so he’s kosher about the whole incident he starts taking pictures of Goldberg with his Blackberry.
According to iVillage Entertainment, the whole bizarre incident escalated when the Salahis’ –who are as averse to the gatecrashing story as a vampire is to a cross– sent in their lawyer, Lisa Bloom, via the View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck, to insist that, “her clients did not crash the White House party and that ‘they were, in fact, invited to the party’ and pointing out that they ‘have not been charged with any crime.'”
Goldberg did address the issue, and ABC has issued a response stating: “The accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous. After the show, and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahi’s.”