Michaele Salahi, Tareq Salahi

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UPDATE: The couple insists they are not shopping a sit-down for big bucks or for free.

"This is an erroneous report and allegation," Mahogany Jones, a rep for the pair, tells E! News. "The Salahis are not shopping any interviews or demanding any money from any media networks to tell their story. They are not talking with the press or making any formal interviews or statements at this time."

This, Jones says, is also the reason the duo won't be crashing Larry King Live tonight.


Maybe if the Secret Service made a cash offer, those White House intruders would be more amenable to a sit-down.

While reality-TV wannabes Michaele and Tareq Salahi have apparently yet to meet with the feds to talk about crashing a state dinner and coming face to face with President Obama, they are looking for a big payday to tell their story.

The Secret Service tried to track the couple down on Friday to no avail; now the embarrassed agency is mum on whether investigators have managed to meet with the Salahis since.

One place the feds need not stake out is CNN HQ.

The couple, who were aiming for a slot on Bravo's upcoming Real Housewives of D.C., had been scheduled for a gratis interview on CNN's Larry King Live on Monday. But now they've scrapped that freebie and, according to the New York Times, are looking for something on the order of $100,000-plus to dish on their potentially criminal hijinks.

Now we'll have to wait and see which network will break out the checkbook for the most notorious aspiring TV stars this side of the Balloon Brood.

The Salahis somehow finessed their way into Obama's first state dinner on Tuesday night, managing to meet the first family and Vice President Joe Biden, and even posting pictures of their antics on a Facebook page.

Bravo, meanwhile, has tried to distance itself from the Salahis. "[Show producers] Half Yard Productions were filming the Salahis on that day as they prepared for the event, that's the extent of our involvement," the network said in a statement.

And who thought D.C. Housewives would be boring?

—Additional reporting by Breanne L. Heldman

(Originally published on Nov. 29, 2009, at 6:02 p.m. PT)


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