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 Radar.
"A reunion of that scale and significance is worth a lot more than pocket change. Alex kindly said no."
An insider told Radar that Frankel, 41, was left "stunned" after the rebuttal.
"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.
"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!"