Ratings for Sunday night's Real Housewives of New Jersey premiere were a major disappointment, but the series’ cast members are laughing all the way to the bank! RadarOnline.com has learned that the Jersey girls are making up to $250,000 for letting their drama play out on camera this season.
"Dina Manzo is earning $100,000 for this current season, with an option to return for another run, with a salary increase,” an insider told Radar. "New cast members Nicole Napolitano, Teresa Aprea and Amber Marchese are earning $60,000 for their work. Amber has been telling friends her salary wouldn't even cover her clothing allowance for one year!"
Meanwhile, Melissa Gorga is earning $250,000, according to the source. And though a hefty salary, that’s still only half of what the super-glam ladies of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the Garden State ladies are raking in.
As Radar reported, the RHOBH divas’ attempt to play hardball and demand higher salaries worked — and they’ll all be making up to $500,000 this season!
The Bravo insider also revealed, "It's no secret that the network pays very little to new cast members because there are no guarantees that it will work out. Furthermore, Bravo is very cheap when it comes to pay for the reality stars of the Housewives franchises, and doesn't want to pay more than they have too in order to keep someone."
The source noted, "The housewives from New Jersey could have gotten a lot more money if they had brokered the deal as a group instead of individuals."
Clearly, the strategy worked for the ladies of Beverly Hills because before their huge pay raises, Vanderpump had been raking in $250,000 a season, followed by Kyle Richards also at $200,000, and Kim Richards and Hadid rounding out the bottom with $100,000 a piece.
Do you think they’re worth it? Let us know in the comments!