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The Salahis get a taste of reality TV: An NBC interview

No dollars: The Salahis deny that anyone connected with Bravo, NBC or NBC Universal paid them to chat with NBC's Matt Lauer.
No dollars: The Salahis deny that anyone connected with Bravo, NBC or NBC Universal paid them to chat with NBC's Matt Lauer. (Nbc Universal Via Associated Press)

"So, the state dinner is over, you've gone there, you've had your photos taken, you've shaken hands with the president. And now you wake up on Thursday morning to headlines that say 'White House Party Crashers.' What was your reaction when you saw the headlines?"

Michaele is ready for her close-up:

"It's been really unbearable to go through," she wailed from the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown, where she had arrived nearly two hours earlier so people could put on her perfect makeup and dress her spectacular hair.

"Our lives have been destroyed," she added blondly.

"Everything we worked for, Matt -- for me 44 years just destroyed," concluded Michaele, whose career apparently started at birth.

At this point, Matt threw off his America's Sweetheart tiara and got down to business:

"Were you or were you not invited to attend that state dinner? How do you answer that?" he demanded to know.

"Well, we were invited, not crashers and there isn't anyone that would have the audacity or the poor behavior to do that. The White House is the House and no one would do that," Michaele huffed.

Then Matt reached into his back pocket and pulled out a report of yet another clambake the Salahis allegedly crashed, the Congressional Black Caucus dinner in late September.

"Reports are, you were uninvited to that and were escorted out. . . . Were you invited?" Matt goaded.

"This is the first time I've ever heard another false accusation against my wife and I, saying that we weren't invited there," Tareq replied. "We were invited there by the Gardner Law Group," he said, adding, "That's another gossip rumor."

FYI, the Gardner Law Group of Baltimore is the practice of Paul Gardner, who has been representing the couple since the Great White House Dinner Caper. But Lance Jones, a spokesman for the Black Caucus foundation, told The Post's Amy Argetsinger on Tuesday that he had no record of Gardner Law Group or Paul Gardner purchasing a table or tickets -- which doesn't rule out the possibility that another table-buyer gave Gardner tickets to distribute. However, Jones said that when he and two security guards approached the Salahis after a corporate sponsor complained that strangers were at their table, the Salahis didn't say anything about being invited guests -- they just picked up and left.

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