“When I signed on to the ‘Housewives,’ the contract said $7,250 for the entire season,” she revealed on “The Tamron Hall Show.”
She notes, “I wasn’t looking at the money … you can’t always look at the money, you have to look at the big picture, the other opportunities, you have to look at the whole board, not just the pieces — and the money was just the pieces.”
Eventually, Bethenny became a fan favorite and launched her Skinnygirl empire. In 2011, Bethenny sold the Skinnygirl Margarita portion of her brand to Fortune Brands’ Beam Global for an estimated $100 million.
“I ended up being the highest-paid ‘Housewife’ when I left because I had leverage and I left [in 2010], and the ratings were affected, and they wanted me to come back,” she said. “And when I did ultimately leave this last time [in 2019], people thought I was leaving because I wasn’t getting more money.”
In 2015, Bethenny was reportedly earning upwards of $1 million a season, which broke down to around $40,000 an episode.
However, Bethenny points out, “I was leaving because I was staying because of the money.”
This isn’t the first Bethenny has revealed that she was only staying on RHONY for the paycheck and not because she truly enjoyed being on the show.
RHONY will return to Bravo for season 13 in 2021.
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