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WASHINGTON. - A publicist for the couple that crashed a White House state dinner denies they are "shopping" any interviews or demanding money from television networks to tell their story.
     
In an e-mailed statement Monday, publicist Mahogany Jones said the allegations are false and demanded that "this adverse, inaccurate information cease immediately."
     
Jones said Michaele and Tareq Salahi are not making any formal comments or arrangements to speak with the media. An appearance previously scheduled for Monday night on CNN's "Larry King Live" has been canceled.
     
A TV executive who spoke on condition of anonymity to publicly discuss bookings had told The Associated Press that the couple's representatives had urged networks to "get their bids in" for an interview.

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White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi pose with VP Joe Biden

White House crashers looking to capitalize on escapade

(November 29, 2009)

They've canceled their appearance on "Larry King Live" and now the West Virginia couple accused of crashing President Obama's state dinner last week is now reportedly shopping networks for an offer.

An unidentified television executive says Michaele and Tareq Salahi are now offering to talk to broadcast networks about what happened during their White House escapade for a payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The couple was scheduled to go on "Larry King Live" on Monday, but CNN has confirmed their appearance was canceled.

According to the executive, the couple is looking for a payment in the mid-six figure range.

Network news divisions, including NBC news, don't pay for interviews.

Michaele Salahi, who was pictured at the dinner greeting both the president and Vice President Joe Biden, is a reality TV hopeful trying to get on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of D.C."

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