NeNe Leakes is the highest paid star in Bravo's "Real
The larger-than-life Southerner, who is the only
remaining original cast member on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," will pull in a cool
$1 million plus bonuses when the show returns for a sixth season later this
year, OK Magazine reports. That amount does not include the money
Leakes makes as a co-star on the NBC sitcom, "The New Normal" and a guest star on FOX's "Glee." By comparison, Kandi Burruss will net $450,000, and Cynthia Bailey and Phaedra Parks will each earn $300,000. "The Real Housewives of
Atlanta" has been on the air since 2008 and is Bravo's highest rated
The second-highest paid star is Teresa Giudice of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey". The show, which debuted
in 2009, is the second highest-rated installment in the franchise with 3 million
viewers. In turn, the mercurial and villainous Giudice rakes in $650,000 plus
bonuses a season. This does not include her cookbook deal and other pursuits.
Meanwhile, Giudice's co-star Caroline Manzo nets $400,000, Melissa Gorga earns $350,000 and Jacqueline Laurita pulls in $275,000.
The third-highest paid stars are Ramona Singer and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of "The Real Housewives of New York". Both earn $500,000 per
season plus bonuses. Then there's Sonja Morgan, who makes $220,000 a season, while Aviva Drescher gets $200,000 and Heather Thompson rounds out the cast and earns
$175,000. "The Real Housewives of New York" has been around since 2008 and is
currently shooting its sixth season.
Over on the West Coast, there's the show that
started it all, "The Real Housewives of Orange County". The series, which
premiered in 2006, is helmed by Vicki Gunvalson. She's the highest paid on the show and ties
Singer and de Lesseps for third place in the franchise with a
$500,000-per-season paycheck. Gretchen Rossi, meanwhile, commands $375,000 and Tamra Barney earns $325,000. Lastly, is Alexis Bellino, who nets $175,000 a season.
The ladies of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" have lower pay
scales. Restaurateur and star Lisa Vanderpump is pulling in $350,000 for Season 4, which is
currently in production. Kyle Richards earns $225,000 while Brandi Glanville received a raise and now gets paid $175,000.
Stars Adrienne Maloof and Camille Grammer won't be returning.