‘Real Housewives of NYC’ Stars Get Major Pay Hike; Newbies Chump Change

by | October 6, 2011 at 5:04 PM | Real Housewives of New York City, TV News

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps (Photo: Getty Images)

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps (Photo: Getty Images)

Being the Queen of Manners and Pinot-Polar apparently pay off: According to the New York Post, Bravo is giving “Real Housewives of NYC” mainstays LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer a salary jolt, from $275K to $500K per season. (Need we remind you that it wasn’t too long ago that sources claimed Jill Zarin received a paltry $7,500 per season—which we figure barely covered her bang trims for the year.)

While younger cast veteran Sonja Morgan (a.k.a. Cottage Cheese Bottom) is also said to be getting more moolah for her appearance, sources say it’s not as substantial as her predecessors.

“Would a girl talk about how much she gets paid?” Sonja replied when the Post inquired about the raise. “Would the Countess, with her manners, or Ramona, with her business sense, tell you that?”

No big surprise, Bravo is also keeping mum about the new dividend distribution.

As for the newbies who are replacing Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, and Kelly Bensimon next season, insiders claim they’re only getting $5K per season.

Guess they’ll have to show off their cray-cray stripes before the network dishes out the real dough.

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