Bethenny has made no secret of the fact that her so-called “hog” Real Housewives Of New York co-stars don’t deserve to earn the same million dollars she is earning, and Bravo should cut their losses. But all her complaining to the media seems like the SUREST way for Bravo to lock Ramona, Luann and Sonja back in, because HOLY DRAMA, Batman!
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Last week it was reported that Ramona, Sonja, and Luann were demoted to ‘Friends’ of the cast as a result of their arguing with Bravo. However then E! News dismissed that report saying the ladies would be returning to Real Housewives Of New York as full-time cast members and were “happy” with their contracts.
Bethenny isn’t too happy to hear that news, apparently. While appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Bethenny advised Bravo, “Go to any mall in America – you can find some crazy bitches!”
Well – Bravo decided not to take the risk and go with women they already know are crazy bitches! Ramona filmed a birthday celebration with Sonja and Luann. Not invited: Bethenny.
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“#Behindthescenes on #rhony with @countessluann celebrating @ramonasinger birthday. Sweet no?” shared Sonja.
While Ramona, Sonja and Luann were all smiles at Ramona’s birthday party, according to insiders massive infighting plagues the cast and, once again, at the center of the conflict is Bethenny. Additionally, although Sonja is filming with Ramona and Luann, their friendships are extremely strained.
“Contractual issues” have spilled over into the Housewives friendships and the women refused to attend a party Sonja hosted last week!
Apparently Bethenny’s cutthroat business-like approach to Real Housewives Of New York has caused serious tension. Last season the other cast members were conscious that, not only was Bethenny earning more than them, but was given more camera-time to promote her products. Bethenny was also able to cherrypick when she filmed, and several times bailed on promotional events for the other women’s businesses.
This season, Ramona, Sonja, and Luann decided to band together to command the same deal as Bethenny. After all, they are also veteran Housewives. “Everyone is fighting for their own,” explains an insider. “They’re all on their own page now. They all see what Bethenny did [with her business] and they all want the same.”
The women also learned from Luann and Ramona on how to gouge more money out of Bravo. Last season Luann and Ramona inked deals to be paid per scene, over their frustrations with Bethenny being allowed so many privileges. As a result of their being so popular last season, Luann and Ramona supposedly ended up earning more than the contracts they were initially offered! This season their standoff with Bravo was to earn as much as Bethenny, or be, again be offered a ‘per scene’ deal. Except Bravo decided to play hardball back!
However, once again, Sonja is ostracized. A source reveals to the NY Daily News that Sonja blames her contract stalemate on Luann! “LuAnn had worked out her own contract behind Sonja’s back,” says the insider. “They had agreed to (negotiate) together.”
Sonja’s frustration was magnified when her co-stars refused to make an appearance at her party to celebrate her cover on 25A Magazine. Without their RSVPs Bravo refused to film her event! “Sonja wanted Bravo to film (the party),” explains the insider, “but they didn’t because none of the other women were planning on going — so what’s the point.”
The source also reports that Carole and Bethenny have allied themselves together in order to dominate the season.
“Carole and Bethenny stick together now. They’re best friends and they both signed lucrative contracts for the new season,” says the insider. Meanwhile Luann and Ramona both ended up locking in the per diem deal in the end – which has Bethenny seeing red. Dorinda Medley tried to negotiate for more money as well, but decided to take what she could get being that she is still a newbie.
Well all of this sounds… confusing. And disappointing.
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