The Real Housewives may look to live glamorous lives on Bravo, but their lives aren’t all private jets and glam squads.
A juicy new tell-all exposes all of the Real Housewives‘ money secrets, including how much they really make to who’s the franchise’s biggest cheapskate.
According to Brian Moylan’s new book, The Real Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives, there’s very little that Bravo actually pays for when it comes to the glitz and glam of the Real Housewives.
Housewives who demand their own glam squads – like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne must pay for it themselves.
Bravo cast members do get $1200 towards a new dress for the reunion episodes. However, in the world of the Real Housewives, that’s not much.
The network also doesn’t fly the Housewives first class – ever. Instead, they will only book coach flights, and if the Housewives want to upgrade, they need to foot the cost.
The current highest-paid Housewife is the Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kandi Burruss, who makes $2 million a season. Yet, co-star NeNe Leakes used to be number 1, earning a whopping $2.85 million for season 12 of the franchise.
“The Atlanta ladies make a bit more since they have the highest ratings,” Moylan explains.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice rakes in $1 million a season and might want to consider re-marrying ASAP because of a secret clause in the RHONJ contracts.
RHONJ is the only franchise that pays the Housewives husbands for appearing on the show.
Meanwhile, it’s no secret that the Housewives love a good freebie, but Moylan says that some Housewives are downright cheap!
“They’re all so cheap,” one Real Housewives producer says in the book.
In his book, Moylan rehashes the infamous story from 2020 about Aviva Drescher taking items from Bobby Berk’s store for a shoot. She left a credit card and claimed it could be charged if she didn’t bring the stuff back to the store. Not surprisingly, she didn’t return the items, and when the store tried to charge her card, it was DECLINED.
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Source: In Touch