If you're willing to sacrifice your dignity for a paycheck, Real Housewives isn't a bad gig. The first ladies of Bravo rake in big bucks to cause a ruckus and argue; in addition they get a massive platform for which to launch their products and tirelessly promote them. Of course, Bravo/NBC takes a cut of the profit but the ends justify the means, right?
RadarOnline decided to breakdown who earns what for the network. As to be expected the biggest earners are the biggest drama creators or have the most devoted fan following.
Teresa was able to renegotiate her contract and fought for a higher salary for season five, along with conditions, i.e. getting to add a friend or two to the cast. Rumor has it Teresa is by far the highest earning Jersey lady, beating out fellow veterans Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita. There's also rumors that Teresa is in talks to develop a cooking-lifestyle spinoff!
It seems the only requirement for getting a book deal these days is semi-relevance on a reality TV show. Clearly I took the wrong approach… Anyway, with almost every lady onReal Housewives of New Jersey scoring a book we thought we'd give the readers a chance to weigh in on whose literary fete is the most interesting!
First up, Caroline Manzo's book Let Me Tell You Something… hits stores in March and Caroline is providing fans with a sneak peak of all her Christmastime advice.
In a chapter titled "There's No Such Thing As The Perfect Christmas," she talks about dealing with holiday stress and discusses how she's handled it herself. It sounds just like Caroline. Whomever is ghost writing this sucker is good.
2012 is rapidly, rapidly coming to an end and before the Mayan Apocalypse claims us all make sure to catch up on all your 2012 reality TV marathons. Who doesn't need a 50th viewing of the infamous "Who gon' check me, boo?" argument.
In honor of the year coming to a close let's celebrate some of the best, craziest, and most entertaining reality TV star products to hit the market this year.
We all know there's only one reason to appear on these shows right? Product hawking!
Below is Reality Tea's list of the best products of 2012:
Hell hath no fury like a cheap extension loving woman with clothes to hawk! ApparentlyKim D (and the "D" stands for dastardly) is signing into the new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey with a serious ax to grind and one Melissa Gorga is quaking in her boots. Maybe she can write a song about it…
Apparently Kim does run with the big boys – and those big boys go by the name of Bravo! Kim has been in "top-secret" negotiations with Bravo a source tells The National Enquirer and is developing a scheme to take Melissa down and vindicate Teresa Giudice. And Kim frankly doesn't give a damn if the other women of the cast like her or not! Did I ever tell you guys I secretly love the Kims something awful?
“Bravo knows Kim D would bring some serious drama to the show, and that’s going to mean huge ratings," a source shares. And the network is reportedly over the two-seasons long family hate fest the show turned into and they are looking for some new ways to cause controversy, but they're keeping ties with Kim veeeeery secret!
Following last season's seriously acrimonious Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion it seemed there was no hope of reconcilliation, but recently Teresa reached out on Twitter to congratulate Kathy on her new QVC deal to hawk cannolis.
Kathy graciously replied: "Thank you ! @Teresa_Giudice Your good wishes truly mean so much to me !! Xo" Awww… sweeter than desserts. Also, Kathy looks great in the above photo.
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TELL US – ARE THEY SINCERE AND TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF OR IS THIS JUST ANOTHER PUBLICITY STUNT FROM THE LADIES OF RHONJ?
I believe that in response to Honey Boo Boo being an example of the dumbing down of our country, it was Bryan who replied that Twitter was actually even worse. Truer words, Bryan, truer words. Now Real Housewives of New Jersey'sCaroline Manzo has come under fire on the social media site.
Caroline was a recent co-host on Anderson Live and she shared her experiences of getting death threats in the Twitterverse from some pretty rabid fans. Seriously? Don't people realize that they don't actually know the stars of these shows? I highly doubt many of them would give any of us a second thought. Not that they aren't decent people, but they've got their own stuff to worry about! Anyhoo, some Caroline haters have been sending her less than stellar messages via Twitter, and she wants to remind us all that–breaking news!–it's just a television show!
Casting speculation over Real Housewives of New Jersey has been rampant lately. Who's in, who's out, who's new, who's possibly returning after being dead for seasons soap opera style. Several sources have promised all the originals will be coming back, but that some new "friends" of Teresa Giudice are joining the cast!
The newest name to be tossed into the ring is Jennifer Dalton. Jennifer is a real estate agent at Sotheby's and is married to a prominent (and uber wealthy) New Jersey real estate developer and is reportedly a friend of both Teresa and Dina Manzo. She attended Teresa's Fabellini launch last season.
Jennifer has already been vetted by Bravo and appeared on Pregnant in Heels last season. And just who attended her baby shower which was filmed for the show? None other than Teresa andKim D!
Can you believe it's December already? It's a lazy Sunday morning, which is a great time to catch up on everything you missed this week. Let's take a look back at the best news, photos, and recaps of the past week in the world of reality TV.