Everything you could possibly want to know about your favorite housewives is being detailed in a new book titled The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives written by Brian Moylan. The book, which was released in May is revealing some shocking details about the popular Bravo franchise including how much money some of these women and in some cases, their significant others are making to put their lives on display. And yes, some make more than others just because of how popular they are.
Which Franchise Is Paid The Highest?
“The [Real Housewives of Atlanta] ladies make a bit more since they have the highest ratings,” shared Moylan in an interview with InTouch. However, among those women, one would be shocked to know that Kandi Burruss makes the most, $2 million per season to be exact. Before her, queen bee Nene Leakes bowed out of the series making $2.85 million. The next highest-paid housewife is Real Housewives of New Jersey OG Teresa Giudice who makes $1 million per season. Some fans were shocked it was not higher considering her “going away” scandal.
Not All The Husbands Get Paid
Fans would also be surprised to know that the only husbands that get paid to appear on the show are the truly entertaining men of Jersey. This makes sense because they were just as entertaining in the most recent season as their wives were. Moylan also noted that if Giudice marries her new boyfriend Luis Ruelas, he too will get paid and probably well considering who his partner is. The book isn’t only about the monetary side of things, it also reveals secrets about those cast trips and all that glam.
All Those Private Jets
While the cast trips are encouraged by Bravo and producers, they are not spending an obscene amount of money on women who are already rich and/or getting paid more than enough to afford the good stuff in life. Moylan explained that Bravo only pays for coach tickets and nothing more. So, all those privates jet these women, and their husbands are arriving on is actually paid for by them. Fans of the show know that Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Kyle Richards only flies private, and RHOA Kenya Moore sprung for a small PJ for herself, baby Brooklyn, her nanny and friend of the show Latoya Howard.
How Much For Glam?
As for all the glam these women go under, that too is basically shouldered by them. Bravo does not pay these women to get dolled up. In fact, they only get money towards those beautiful reunion dresses, $1,200 to be exact. But, let’s be real here that is not nearly enough for most of these women. Erika Jayne shared several times on the show that her glam squad costs $40,000 per month. Plus, most of these women show up to the reunion in these amazing, over-the-top designer gowns. So, $1,200 is probably nothing to them.
Other Behind The Scene Goodies
Moylan’s book also details “behind the scenes fights” and cast members who had problems with people who aren’t even on the show. The author even shared a sneak peek of one of the disagreements featured in the book. Former Real Housewives of New York cast member Aviva Dresher got into it with Queer Eye star Bobby Burk for unpaid items she got from his store. There are even exclusives from producers who described some of the housewives as being “so cheap”. Yikes