With the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion in the can, talk has turned to season five and RadarOnline.com has learned the veteran stars of the popular Bravo program are demanding significant pay hikes!
Despite production whispers mid-season that "boring" Kim Richards was on the way out, with sister Kyle said to be prepared to walk if the axe fell, both have begun negotiations, Radar has been told, along with feuding former pals, Lisa Vanderpump and Brandi Glanville.
Said one source: “Bravo loves the nucleus of these four women, even when they’re fighting with each other! They always bring drama and glamor to the show. The network has resolved that it wants to bring them back."
The quartet are following the move of the New York housewives, who banded together last May and held out for raises. (It backfired for one -- Countess LuAnn de Lesseps -- who was demoted after her costars Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan and Aviva Drescher inked deals before her.)
“Just like the New York ladies, the Beverly Hills cast want more money and they’re hoping that because their ratings were so high this season, the network will buckle and pay them more," said a source.
And they’re confident they’ll succeed!
“Lisa, Brandi and Kyle are all smart business women and they’re going to play hardball with the network,” dished an insider.
“Brandi has said that she wants to make the $250,000 that the other women make, but they want even more this season. One problem with them banding together is that they all genuinely hate each other right now!”
“They haven’t been given contracts yet and it's known how producers want new people to come on the show to reinvigorate things,” added the source.
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