Reality Shocker: N.J. 'Real Housewives' Do Series for Free, Pay Bravo 10% of Post-Show Earnings. UPDATE: Bravo Says it Pays All Housewives on Show Popsquire
According to a contract given to participants, the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” don’t get paid to appear on the hit Bravo show.
Adding insult to injury, according to a contract signed by one cast member, participants have to pay Bravo 10% of “any and all gross income … unrelated to the Series” that they bring in for up to four years after the last episode airs.
This is a great deal for Bravo. Last month's season finale of the show drew more than 4.6 million viewers. It aired on a Tuesday night, and the episode was the most-watched show on television that night in the 18-49 adult demographic.
Our source for the contract info is Popsquire, the website that bills itself as the place "where pop culture and the law collide." The copy of the contract the site acquired--which is on display on the site--was from February, 2008.
UPDATE: (July 10th) Bravo has issued the following statement with regard to this Popsquire story:
"Rest assured, all our housewives are financially compensated...we only wish they would participate for free."