Erika Jayne may claim to have “zero dollars”; however, she reportedly pulled in $600,000 for season 11 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
According to OK! Magazine, Andy Cohen gave Erika a raise when her personal life began “dominating headlines” and became the main storyline on RHOBH.
The cameras were already rolling for season 11 when Erika filed for divorce from her husband Tom Girardi out of nowhere. Weeks later, Tom’s alleged involvement in an embezzlement and fraud scheme came to light. The former couple’s divorce was called a “sham” to protect their assets and money. Speculation began to swirl about what Erika knew of Tom’s alleged crimes and when she knew it.
Months later, it was revealed that Erika’s businesses received more than $20 million from Tom’s Girardi Keese law firm to fund her lavish lifestyle. As a result, she was slapped with a $25 million lawsuit from Tom’s creditors.
This information about Erika’s salary came to light after she claimed to be flat broke on a recent episode of RHOBH.
“I’m out here rebuilding my life, but, girl, I have zero dollars,” Erika told costar Kyle Richards during the cast trip to La Jolla, San Diego.
“And by the time those trustees are done with [Girardi], there’ll be nothing. So, I walk out of this with nothing,” she added.
The drama surrounding Erika and Tom doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon; as a result, Bravo has decided to fast-forward filming for season 12 of RHOBH. Filming is set to begin at the end of October to ensure they capture all of the Erika drama on the show.
Real Housewives connoisseur Heather McDonald of the Juicy Scoop podcast recently spoke out on Bravo’s decision to begin filming on season 12 so soon following the season 11 reunion.
“Legal drama on the series keeps people so intrigued,” Heather said.“It makes you wonder if the only way the show is going to survive is if at all times one or two of these housewives is facing indictment.”
“She is going to be more famous than ever,” Heather added.
Part 1 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 11 reunion airs on Wednesday, October 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.