Lynda welcomes fans to the new season of DC, and recaps her press tour showdown with Tareq Salahi.
Posted by Lynda Erkiletianon Aug 5, 20100
Wowwwww! This day is finally here! After months of filming, tons of delays and major emotional challenges along the way, the anticipated first episode of the Real Housewives of DC airs tonight. I am so excited that you will be entertained and enlightened by what it's like to live in DC, the most powerful city in the world!
OMG, what a week it's been! I feel the need to respond to the events of the past week and to explain what has unfolded. What should have been a celebratory time turned into sour grapes, literally, all over my beautiful Zac Posen suit and Fendi shoes! As discussed on The View and numerous news outlets, I went to the defense of two women who were being verbally abused by Tareq Salahi, my fellow castmate’s husband, at the NBC fall preview party at the Beverly Hilton. As you'll get to know me over the next few months, you'll discover that I do not allow abusive behavior in my presence. I asked him politely to please calm down, and then he proceeded to curse me out, and threw a glass of red wine in my face. I responded with a glass of Perrier. Yes, it was embarrassing, especially in front of the journalists who also were present and stunned at Trader Vics that night. But, I’m not surprised by his actions, and I would do it again if I witnessed abuse like that.
Many people have asked me why I have agreed to be on a reality show. It is my intent throughout the series to be honest and truthful about my life. You may not always agree with what I have to say or do, but I have to keep it real and be true to myself. As the series unfolds, I believe the truth will prevail.
I think that everyone made this season about the Salahis on their own. There was no hijacking. All the housewives focused around them and tried to make them seem like villians on every single issue. Rather they were or rather they weren't it is really ignorant to get there and constantly make them the topic of every discussion in the end they were taking the spot light off themselves and putting it on the Salahis on their own. The housewives and their husbands/boyfriends were like voltures and they never let off. Get your own lives and if the Salahis lied and perpatrate let them it will catch up to them. In the end they getting all the focus and the other housewives are the back up singers.
Lynda you rock. You are my favorite on the show. You appear to be the most confident in what you say and do. Earlier wrote to Stacie that I thought she was condescending, and every time I saw her on the show she was stuffing her mouth... I said save for "Mary" the others are haters. I meant save for you Lynda.
You are a breath of fresh air. Not to mention I am feeling the fact you like a little chocolate in your milk LOL!!! I love your honesty and the way you handle yourself. I can't wait to see more of you on the episodes to come.
I think you are fantastic! I find your honesty refreshing and fun, and to the people making the negative comments about Lynda, I have to say one thing, Lynda keeps us watching and White House Crashers keep us intrigued, so really i find that its a good balance of drama and a refreshing breathe of fresh air to the Real Housewives series.
I dont know about you so far but your not too bad!! I do agree though Machaele is a little thin but I think thats her business! She is very nice and well spoken though!! I do feel bad for you that her husband pointed a bottle at you and the achol hit you!!! Ill keep watching!
Have to ask you what you did mean by second tier people? I like that you obviously are not a prejudicial or discriminatory person when it comes to race, but you clearly are when it comes to household income. Not understanding the basis for so much pride in you.
I was looking most forward to seeing you on the show...and you did not disappoint! I really like you. You just seem like someone I would want to be around. Confident and cool. To the poster that thinks you resemble Danielle Staub.....I say you look more like Sandra Bullock....especially in the pic above. Looking forward to more of you and the other DCHW's!
Regarding Tiers: bloggers: everyone has them so don't deny it. When you are on the phone, if call waiting comes up you look to see who it is. If it's a friend you really want to speak with, (first tier), you take the call. If it's a friend who you can talk with later (second tier), you let it go to voice mail. Right or wrong, we live in a classist society and there are tiers socially, professionally, in church, even within families so get over the tier comment, bloggers.
How refreshing to see a very beautiful successful business woman (the most beautiful of the cast I might add) who has a gorgeous black younger boyfriend, an obviously close relationship to your children, a very cool gay friend and oozes class and grace. Not to mention, you seem to be someone who'll step up to the plate, tell it like it is and defend your friends.
I already know you will be my favorite. Bravo got it right with the selection of you for this show.
You are going to be the one to watch in DC! I love your honesty and humor and hope to see more of your hot boyfriend, Ebong. You stand out among all Housewives for being a successful business woman in a fabulous industry and having a beautiful family too. I can't wait to see more of your life. Stay real!!
p.s. I am sorry you had to endure the humiliation of having wine tossed in your face recently by the boorish Tareq Salahi, and what ensued on the View, but it does speak volumes about the Salahis and their antics. Hope they get what they deserve in the end, JAIL!
I prefer New Jersey. Out of all of the Housewives show, Jacqueline seems the most down to earth person. I might add that Caroline seems approachable as well. But, you DC girls are snobs! What is with "inviting second tired people seems unnatural?" Wow, get off your high horse. You aren't any better than a migrant worker...we are all equal in God's eyes. You can't take your status with you. I find most people who are obsessed with status or those who "put on airs" really don't have status in the first place.
This second tier person from Delaware will not be watching your show. By the way if you are what representes top tier I am very very proud to be second or even third tier. Grow up. If there is one thing we have learned over the last two resession years is that " by your view " you can become second tier person with the lose of your job. What I also find funny is that living in Delaware I have never heard of your modeling agency, which you claim is number one.
Welcome ladies, once again I hope this dose not be a one person hate show, I have giving up on new jersey wives, its nothing but hate on that show, I can not stand to watch it anymore.to me, you guys are a breath of fresh air.
and I so love the fact that you have a african american boyfriend,good for you,and I love the fact that african americans is on the show,even though, this is not what the show is about,but I have decided to give up all other housewives and focus only on this show.
Michaele has undiagnosed ADHD, and she and her husband are totally classless social climbers. Their lying will become a big problem on the show. However, I think you should not have mentioned her anorexia (I believe she really is, but you aren't that close to her to mention it). The rest of you have far more class than the Housewives of NJ - what a mess they are (except for Caroline and Dina)!
I am looking forward to this season too.
But I am also curious - in the above clip you said your "artist agency" has a client base of "ambassadors ...dignataries...a very elite client base".
Why do ambassadors, dignataries need your agency? What services does your agency provide?
You are a very classy lady! I had to do a double take, as I think you have a very close resemblance to Danielle (RHONJ)...thank goodness it's only in looks (btw your far BETTER looking) and without question much more intelligent and likeable! I am looking forward to your show!
I think it was you that said "I don't like inviting second tier" people to a party, or something to that effect. That seemed to me to be a very condescending and negative comment!
I will give this show a chance, since I am interested in what it's like to live in DC!
So...see you next week!
You said your modeling agency caters to ambassadors and dignitaries. Why excatly would ambassadors and dignitaries need models? For what? That does not sound like a modeling agency to me. I would love to hear you address this, because if there is a logical explanation I am missing something. Please clue us in.
I guess it doesnt matter what you say, and your absolutely right "The truth will prevail". It already has for me with your classing the human race into TIERS...really? Comments like that are disturbing. I found it refreshing to read your blog and find you got a glass of wine in the face and your response was to retaliate in the same fashion. Thats soooo 2nd tier!
I was surprised- you are the least intimidating in stature, almost seeming to shrink physically next to the other Housewives yet your personality packs the biggest punch for me. I believe that currently you are the most fierce Housewife, and I can't wait to follow your adventures on screen.
All I can say is it was absolutely REFRESHING to hear someone in the fashion industry express concern about someone being TOO skinny.
I also don't think... whether you are right or wrong about the state of someone's health.. that you can "accuse" someone of being too skinny or, frankly, too fat.
Frankly speaking as someone who has a weight problem on the opposite end of the spectrum.. you only become as defensive as she did when you know its the truth. My mother pesters me about the weight (not that you were taking on the mother role) I get angry... of course, she's a bit more persistent. Thing is... I know I have the issue, so her driving the point home becomes annoying. I feel like Michaele is in denial.
Oh, as someone wondered what you would have said to Cat when she was stepping on some toes in terms of race (I believe unknowningly, perhaps because of cultural differences).... I would hope that you could have used it as a private teachable moment later on.