Money (that’s what I want)…
The Real Housewives of New York may love the fame and notoriety that comes from being a Housewife but what they really want is the money.
As season 8 winds down, rumors about season 9 are swirling all over the internet.
Whispers on the street are saying that Bravo is searching for new blood and is even thinking of transplanting a Beverly Hills Housewife to NYC. Meanwhile, season 9 contracts are out to the current Housewives, who are working on their deals and plotting their returns.
As usual Bethenny Frankel’s million dollar paycheck is causing drama, since the rest of the cast wants to get paid as much as the Skinnygirl mogul.
“There is the usual back-stabbing, claw-digging and nastiness,” a casting insider reveals to Page Six.
However, Bravo is willing to pay Bethenny her rumored $1.5 million paycheck for season 9 because she’s “been deemed reliable reality TV.?.?. She is controlled chaos.”
The same cast insider says $1.5 million may be lowballing Bethenny’s season 9 paycheck.
“Based on Bethenny’s previous deals, that figure seems to be very low,” the insider claims.
While Bravo is willing to pay Bethenny the big bucks, they can only spare to pay the other cast members $400,000 each.
“They just can’t pay everyone $1 million — they can’t afford that,” the source explained.
Several members of the RHONY cast including Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps, and Ramona Singer attempted to play hardball with their salaries last year until the tactic backfired reducing them to part-time players.
Rumors are flying that Jules Wainstein may not be returning due to her on-going divorce, but sources say that may only be a negotiating tactic.
One source claims one of the wives recently mused that the money didn’t matter saying,“it’s four days a week for six months of drinking, going to parties and bitching.”
Another source said,“When the show first started, these women were making $15,000 for the season.”
However, a source close to Bravo denied any plans to bring a Beverly Hills Housewife to New York and said the salary amounts were inflated.
These women make a lot of money for doing Housewives so honestly; they should be happy with whatever they get offered.