Who needs the Real Housewives drama when you can get just as much attention (if not more) by doing interviews constantly? Or at least that’s what I imagine Tamra Judge is thinking lately. And these days, with the pandemic and all, Tamra is getting a lot more shine than the women who are still filming; or have just been waiting to film again.
During a recent appearance on the podcast Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef, Tamra said she thought about quitting “the last three years,” which couldn’t have been too serious of a thought since we all know Cut Fitness isn’t paying the bills alone. She admitted, “It’s kind of like a drug. They pay you a lot of money.”
Then, Tamra reflected on her early days in the OC. She joined the show during season 3 and with time she started to make some good money. However, that wasn’t always the case. Podcast host David Yontef remarked, “The first year you start, it’s pretty much costing you money,” referring to the upkeep of hair, makeup, clothes, etc.
That’s when Tamra told him, “I was paid $7,000 my first year.” For reference, Real Housewives of Orange County season three aired in 2007 and 2008. Tamra continued, “That’s what I got paid. I probably spent more than that just on clothes and stuff. The show was so different back then.”
Tamra shared, “I probably made $50,000 by the next year. You really have to put your time in to make money.” She added, “It’s kind of like any job, but nowadays, the girls start out with a bigger chunk [of money].” She also revealed that the new girls get around $60,000 for their first season on the show. That’s quite the upgrade from back in the day. She also said she recently made $60K per episode, a major bump from that $7K for her entire first season.
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