Michaele & Whoopi Throw Down on “The View”

White House party crasher accuses host of hitting her

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Michaele Salahi is no stranger to drama.  And if you thought this D.C. socialite was done stirring trouble -- she's not.

A spokesman said that the alleged White House gatecrasher's visit to the ABC daytime talk show "The View" ended in a backstage shouting match with co-host Whoopi Goldberg.

Salahi went to the show Wednesday to promote her appearance on Bravo's "Real Housewives of D.C.," which premieres Thursday.  Goldberg touched Salahi's back during an interview to get her attention and urge her to talk about the night she and her husband allegedly crashed President Obama's state dinner last fall.  Salahi apparently didn’t take it as a friendly pat.

After the show, "The View" spokesman Karl Nilsson said that Goldberg and Salahi got into a "heated exchange" when Goldberg learned Salahi had accused the host of hitting her.

The Washington Post captured a statement on Michaele’s Facebook page.  It said: "Salahis will address on Thursday Morning LIVE on National TV the outrageous abuse and exchange that took place on the ABC Show the View and a audio & video file from Whoopi Goldberg verbal attack to Michaele.  Standby for details."

The post was removed a short time later.

Then, according to the Washington Post, “The View” issued this statement: 

"At one point during Michaele Salahi's appearance on 'The View' on Wednesday, Whoopi lightly touched Ms. Salahi to get her attention and said to her 'Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please,' meaning could Ms. Salahi return to the original subject of the conversation.  After the show, Ms. Salahi and her husband accused Whoopi of hitting Ms. Salahi.  As the broadcast clearly shows, 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 Salahis."

Salahi hasn't responded to an e-mailed request for comment by the Associated Press.

Bravo spokeswoman Cameron Blanchard said she's been unsuccessful trying to reach Salahi for her side of the story.

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