The ladies were in a standoff with Bravo last week and after harried negotiations reportedly all of them re-signed for the sixth season, which began filming today.
Pinot Singer, who washed up on the beach of yesteryear's fashions and wine dregs, alerted us on twitter that she and Sonja Morgan were putting their camera-ready faces on and getting ready to turtle time us to death. I. can't. wait.
Media outlets were reporting a ton of different stories about who wanted what and who was refusing to return. Carole Radziwill confirms her reason for dragging her feet was money – and feeling taken advantage of!
"I was paid more at ABC as an associate producer and that was in the 90s! :)," she added. At the last minute Princess Carole decided to return.
So this is getting even MORE interesting than I expected!
Yesterday it was reported that the cast members of Real Housewives of New York are at a salary standoff with Bravo and demanding massive raises. To prove how serious they were the ladies banded together and collectively refused to sign the contracts extended for season 6, which is supposed to begin filming on Monday!
Bravo retaliated by giving the women until TODAY to sign – or consider themselves canned! New details have emerged about the standoff, including The Hollywood Reporter confirming that it's very serious and very real!
It's already been reported that Pinot Singer got loaded and threatened to run off with the entire WWHL bar if Andy didn't pay her more, to which he laughed dangled a chilled pinot in front of her nose, and led her straight to his attorney's office where she signed on the dotted line. Translation: she tried to hold out for more money, was denied, and then finally agreed at the last minute to come back when Bravo didn't take the bait.
Well, now it seems ALL the ladies are making some big-time salary demands! And for the first time in recorded history the cast is getting along as they band together in a standoff with producers and Bravo! The show is supposed to begin filming Monday, but the cast is reportedly refusing to show up to work unless their salaries are upped according to TMZ!
I'll be honest, I think the entire cast ofReal Housewives of New York needs to be revamped…and STAT. I was actually excited that Aviva Drescher and all of her neuroses wouldn't be returning, but of course Bravo had to pull a fast one on all of us! It looks like Pinot Singer will have someone to spar with after all!
While I'm not at all shocked that Bravo would pull a last minute rabbit out of its hat, I do have to commend Aviva for what she has been doing recently regarding the tragedy in Boston. I may not like to watch her on my mindless reality circuit (seriously, it's like nails on a chalkboard), I do believe that she always has the best (although often misguided) of intentions.
Aaahhh.. the tale of woe that that is Real Housewives of New York casting continues. Taping allegedly begins in three weeks for the much maligned show, but the cast still isn't finalized!
When only three of the five members from last year's cast appeared at the recent Bravo Upfronts, it was assumed that certain ladies had been handed their walking pumps. It then emerged that most of it came down to a numbers game and salary negotiations.
Ramona Singer is definitely returning next season, but according to a new report she was fighting tooth and nail for a big pay bump before being summarily shot down and was threatened with getting fired.
Ramona and Mario Singer and Aviva and Reid Drescher were all attending, but not quite mingling, it seems.
According to Tom Murro, Ramona generously donated some of her Ramona Pinot Grigio for the event. "All the guests were commenting on how much they loved it, and of course Ramona was noticeably enjoying some herself." Of course.
When Tom caught up with Ramona, she gushed, "I loved the concert and such a great cause. It tremendous when celebrities use their fame for the good will of our planet ie rain forest etc. Sting and Trudie are an inspiration to us all, and it really shows how individuals can make a difference!"