Bethenny Frankel was so desperate to reunite her former Housewives costars on her new talk show, the embattled entrepreneur offered $400 — a paycheck that both Jill Zarin and Alex McCord considered to be insulting, RadarOnline.com has been told.
We broke the story: One of Frankel's producers contacted the ex-Bravolebrities to request they appear on a special episode of the ratings-challenged show, which premiered in early September.
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Both Zarin and McCord — who starred alongside Frankel on RHONY for three seasons — rejected the approach.
"The show called Alex's publicist and told them about their grand plan, but said that all they could offer her was $400 — which is less than the SAG minimum," a source told RadarOnline.com.
"A reunion of that scale and significance is worth a lot more than pocket change. Alex kindly said no."
"Bethenny’s bosses suggested she call Jill and Alex personally, but she absolutely refused," a production insider said.
In a YouTube video posted last on Wednesday, McCord — the married mother-of-two — confirmed our report and revealed that she considered the offer to be "laughable," but did not detail how much money was suggested.
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"I said, 'Show me the money,'" McCord said. "Her offer was laughable. It was less than union scale. I would make more money sending one fashion tweet.
"Also, I am savvy enough to know that unless the show is live, that any promotion I do of my products… will all end up on her cutting room floor.
"So why do it? If there is ever a New York City Housewives reunion, it should be on a grand set, with a big budget, the talent should be paid, it should be beautiful."
McCord added that she was not mad at her one-time costar, but said: "The thing is, if she wants me, she has got to make it worth my while!"