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Drama Pays! Kim Zolciak’s High Ratings Save Her Job Amid Mounting Debt

Kim Zolciak Dont Be Tardy High Ratings Save Her Job
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Feb. 27 2019, Updated 2:25 p.m. ET

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Don’t Be Tardy to the bank!

Kim Zolciak’s Bravo show was ratings gold in the premiere episode of season 7 and this could save her from her mounting debt, exclusively learned.

The reality star and mom of six was sued by American Express for $215,000 but her show delivered big enough to save the day.

Don’t Be Tardy’s numbers for the season premiere were almost double any of her shows from last season,” an insider explained to

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“Her ratings killed it and saved her job,” the source snitched.

As reported, both Kim and her daughter Brielle Biermann got a whopping raise for the new season, which seemed to have paid off.

“Kim is now making $125,000 per episode which comes out to $1.5 million for the season,” the source previously told

“And Brielle got a raise too. Now she’s making $16,000 an episode, pulling in $192,000 for this season.”

But her financial trouble started before that.

“All last season Kim was begging for her checks,” the source told

According to TVByTheNumbers Don’t Be Tardy had 1.2 million viewers, which almost more than double every episode from season 6.

“The lead in from RHOA probably helped, but her contract is up now, and this is really going to help her negotiate a new one,” the insider said.

And Kim’s raise and new contract could possibly help her pay off her major debt.

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In court papers obtained from Fulton County Superior Court, American Express National Bank sued Zolciak, 40, on November 19, 2018.

“Defendant Zolciak agreed to pay and was obligated to pay the Plaintiff for all extended credit on Defendant’s account,” the complaint read. “Pursuant to the parties’ agreement, Plaintiff transmitted to Defendants a monthly billing statement for the account, and Defendant was obligated to pay the minimum payment due as set forth on that statement on a monthly basis.”

Zolciak owes American Express $215,925.90, the suit. claimed.

“The Defendant has failed and continues to fail to pay the amounts due and owing on the account,” the lawsuit read.

Zolciak’s husband Kroy Biermann accepted the summons when the Sheriff served it on February 9, 2019.

The case is ongoing.

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