The cast of Vanderpump Rules causes major drama and brings big ratings for Bravo, but they are apparently NOT paid accordingly!
According to insiders the cast made a measly $5,000 for the entire first season, but when it turned out to be an unexpected ratings hit for the network, Bravo upped their salaries – but not nearly on a level with say, Real Housewives.
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The cast then pulled in $3,000 per episode for season 2, which nabbed higher ratings than Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, and renegotiated again now make $5,000 per episode for the third season, which is still boasting high ratings. That’s quite a contrast between what Housewives make, which is in the hundreds-of-thousands per season, although they’re supposed to be already rich…
Speaking of which, of course, Lisa Vanderpump isn’t being paid such a pittance – as one of the creators of the show, plus an executive producer, as well as being a star she earns far more than the rest of cast – with added bonuses!
Money isn’t the only thing the cast is looking for – they’re also tired of flying coach on promotional trips and want to be bumped to first class on Bravo’s dime, ala many of the network’s other stars.
Unfortunately Bravo denied their request. The reason? According to TMZ the network wants to keep the stars authentically working class and don’t want them getting too big for their bartender and server britches. Apparently they want them to stay connected to SUR and keep bringing the crazy drama.
That’s probably also the motivation for paying them so poorly, they won’t quit the restaurant and therefore leave the show. Unless of course they’re Stassi Schroeder who tried to leave thinking she was all grown up and ish and then couldn’t find a job so she came crawling back. Such is the life! Such. Is. The. Life.
TELL US – DOES THE CAST DESERVE A RAISE?
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