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While Bravo has reportedly invited all of the Real Housewives of New York City, excluding Jennifer Gilbert, back for a 4th season, it seems the housewives are a bit reluctant to sign the dotted line.

The NYPost is reporting that ladies are banding together, refusing to sign a new contract with the network unless they get more money. Jersey Shore money to be exact.

See, the Post states the ladies are earning a mere $4,000 per episode for their show, while MTV reality star Snooki earns $30,000 per episode on the Jersey Shore hit show.

They’ve got a lot more to say,” Jill Zarin a source close to the Housewives tells the Post, adding that the ladies “have little choice but to pimp themselves out with side gigs to bump up their earnings.”

“It’s a full-time job without the full-time pay,” a second source says. “That’s why a reality star with any sense does a book line or jewelry line to support being on the show.”

Well let’s examine things to see if the NYC ladies really deserve more money. The show averaged 2 million viewers per episode last season, while the Jersey Shore’s current season is averaging 5 million viewers. So simple calculation shows that solely based on the ratings, the ladies should be earning at least $12,000 per episode. Oddly enough, the Jersey Shore cast and the Real Housewives of NYC cast have about the same number of cast members.

Also, it is likely that Bethenny Frankel is not involved in this negotiation process with the other housewives. With the success of her spin off show, there’s a good chance her negotiations is being done solo and she will likely earn more money than her co-stars if and when she returns to the show. For example, TMZ reported Jersey Shore’s The Situation is earning $60,00o per episode on the show, way more than all of his other co-stars.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE LADIES DESERVE MORE MONEY FROM BRAVO?

More crazy coming your way on the next season of the Real Housewives of New York City.

The NYDailyNews is reporting today that Bravo has asked back all of the ladies of last season with the exception of one. Who wasn’t asked back? Bethenny Frankel, who has been very vocal about not wanting to return to the show.

It seems Bravo is pleased and content with the success of Bethenny’s spin off show – Bethenny Getting Married, as she is currently filming a second season.

Now on to the shocker, which is the return of Kelly Bensimon, who famously had a mental breakdown last season, and has bashed the network for false editing and forcing her to go on the St. John trip. Even Bravo’s VP of programming, Andy Cohen, recently referred to Kelly’s breakdown as “deeply disturbing” in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine. But oh well, who cares! Evidently, crazy sells!

So if all the ladies accept Bravo’s offer, the 4th season of the NYC Housewives will include a cast of Kelly, Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and new housewife Sonja Morgan.

Both Jill and Kelly have mentioned uncertainty about returning for another season, but something tells us the two famewhores ladies will be back.

There’s no word on whether Jennifer Gilbert will be returning. The Daily News also mentions Bravo is interested in casting a certain nameless “wealthy Hamptons housewife.”

TELL US – ARE YOU SURPRISED BRAVO WANTS KELLY BACK? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE SHOW WITHOUT BETHENNY?

Is Countess LuAnn de Lesseps batting for both teams?

According to a new story by the Crazy Days and Nights blog, via the National Enquirer, the Real Housewives of New York City star is reported as being bisexual.

The Enquirer reports Countess LuAnn was at a club outside LA when she asked to borrow a cigarette from a young, tattooed, heavily pierced woman at the club. “LuAnn had a table and proceeded to feed the girl drinks, flirt and kiss for the rest of the night. She kept telling her how beautiful she was and how she reminded her of when she was younger. Her friends jokingly told LuAnn she was a lesbian cougar!”

Oddly enough, LuAnn is still dating boyfriend Jacques Azoulay and the two were just photographed at an event together on June 30th.  If this story is true, LuAnn would be joining the likes of Kim Zolciak and Danielle Staub, as part of the Bravo housewives who have taken or pretended to have taken a dip or two in the lady pond.

So is Luann really bisexual?  Or is this just a ploy to garner some publicity? Is the story even true, you know considering the source?  So many questions, so little time.

TELL US: DO YOU BELIEVE THIS STORY?

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Move over Madonna Lady Gaga No one! There’s a new pop icon on the scene! The long anticipated and highly awaited crap music video by the one and only Countess has arrived!

The video of the classic “Money Can’t Buy You Class” hit the web on Friday, and according to LuAnn de Lesseps of the Real Housewives of New York City, the video was “leaked.”

LuAnn, 44,  tweeted on Friday, “Well the cats out of the bag! Someone leaked my video!” Sure they did Countess. In the video, which was shot last month, LuAnn can be seen surrounded by a fleet of chiseled eye candy.

“There’s not really dancing,” said LuAnn of the video concept. “I just have very good looking men standing around. And it’s about how money can’t buy you class, so I’m taking money out of their pockets and throwing it onto the floor.”

The exclusive and not heavily air brushed video of LuAnn is below! Enjoy at your own risk.

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It seems Jill Zarin of the Real Housewives of New York City is determined to make it on the D list, whether we like it or not.  First she spent last summer befriending Z-list stars such as Michael Lohan and Jon Gosselin.

That didn’t seem to work out too well for her, but you know what they say – If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.  Well our good ol Jill is now trying her luck again, and this time it’s with the mother of Pop star Britney Spears.

According to PEOPLE, Lynne Spears had a girls night out this week in Manhattan and invited was none other than Jill Zarin, who then took the time to leak this story to PEOPLE and even found time to make herself available for an exclusive interview about her new found friendship with Lynne. Ah that crafty Jill!

“I met Lynne a few years ago backstage with [my daughter] Ali at Britney’s concert at the Meadowlands [Sports Complex in New Jersey], we just connected and we kept in touch,” said Jill to PEOPLE. “When Lynne comes to town we try to meet and catch up. She called me a couple of months ago and said she was coming to New York.”

Jill also made sure to talk about Lynne’s kids and their well being.  “We talked about Mother’s Day, what we got, about New Orleans, about traveling,” says Jill of their dinner. “Her kids are doing fantastic. Her grandkids are her life. She looks amazing. She’s in amazing shape; she works out. She was really happy.”

Gotta love this woman, she is relentless.  And in case you’re wondering, Lynne did not speak a word to the press about her dinner or friendship with Jill.

Moving right along to Jill’s underdog.  According to E! Online, we unfortunately haven’t heard the last of Countess LuAnn de Lesseps‘ singing.  The Countess signed a deal this week with indie dance music label Ultra Records, and is apparently working on releasing a full album.

When asked about singing way off key in this week’s episode of the NYC Housewives, the Countess had the following to say:  “In life, we don’t always hit the ‘high note’ but I wanted to go out and do my best because I have always loved to sing.”  Good to see LuAnn doing something she loves albeit at the expense of our eardrums.

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When it comes to the Bethenny Frankel and Jill Zarin feud, everyone seems to have a strong opinion, including the Real Housewives of New York City.  The above photo is old by the way.

“I wish I could say I can see them being friends again, but I don’t think it’s going to happen,” says messenger Alex McCord, who explains that the falling out was much worse than what we’ve been seeing on the show.  “Sometimes you find things out about people that you didn’t believe and glossed over,” shares Alex. “You get to a point where you just can’t do it anymore and it blows up in your face. There’s so much going on between Jill and Bethenny. You don’t see 80 percent of it on camera.”

Interesting point of view by Alex.  Also joining in the Bethenny vs Jill conversation is Jill’s new underdog BFF Countess LuAnn: “I think there’s a certain sadness to the whole situation,” she said. “I don’t know if they’ll ever be BFFs again, but I think they will be cordial to each other.”

When asked about the criticism being thrown her way regarding her new song, ‘Money Can’t Buy You Class‘ (which I unfortunately found myself humming this morning as I tried to find something), LuAnn reveals she has a tough skin.  “Darling, I’m a brave adventurous soul,” she says. “That’s why I’m doing a reality show…I just hope people kind of tip their hat to me for doing it.”

LuAnn also shares that her new boyfriend, French wine distributor Jacques Azoulay, is a fan of her ‘music.’  “He thinks it’s great,” LuAnn says. “He’s very proud of me for getting out there and flying by the seat of my pants.”

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Countess LuAnn Song Cover

There seems to be something about having cameras around that makes certain people just want to make absolute asses fools of themselves. Case in point, Countess LuAnn De Lesseps of the Real Housewives of New York City, has decided to give Kim Zolciak some competition. For some reason, LuAnn has decided to embark on a music career despite being completely tone deaf and lacking any musical talent.

LuAnn’s first single, “Money Can’t Buy You Class,hit the internet yesterday and in a new interview with PEOPLE today, LuAnn reveals she is shooting a music video for her song. A photo from her video shoot is below.

According to LuAnn, she is simply “trying to bring manners — and disco — back.” She tells PEOPLE. “When I made the song, I had dancing in Saint-Tropez in mind.”

And what does she think of the preview video Bravo has released showing her singing very off key? “I think [Bravo VP] Andy Cohen was mean to show a clip of me singing off key, but I’m a reality star; I don’t have the luxury that Beyoncé does to not show that footage.” Right LuAnn, because we’re all certain Beyonce sounds a lot like you in the studio and requires autotune to sound decent on a record.



Listen to “Money Can’t Buy You Class”

In the video, which has yet to be released, LuAnn can be seen rocking long hair (thanks to extensions) for the first time in 20 years. “There’s not really dancing,” she says of the video. “I just have very good looking men standing around. And it’s about how money can’t buy you class, so I’m taking money out of their pockets and throwing it onto the floor.”

And we haven’t heard the last of LuAnn, her next single, “Chic, c’est la vie,” is set to be released in early May.

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With so much news on the OC Housewives, one might forget the Real Housewives of New York City is currently airing on Bravo.

The third episode this season is set to air tonight. It’s officially fall in NYC and Kelly Bensimon has decided its best to tell her daughters about her upcoming Playboy shoot, you know on national television.

Click Here To See The Playboy Photos of Kelly Bensimon!

On the other side of town, LuAnn kicks off New York Fashion Week by hosting an event that all the Housewives attend…all except Bethenny and Ramona that is. Meanwhile, Bethenny takes time out of her busy schedule to attend a show during fashion week, when she runs into Jill, leading to a confrontation between the former BFFs.

A preview clip of that is below –

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