New York housewives reportedly made “under $10,000,” while L.A. made $100,000

The cast of The Real Housewives of New York City has yet to sign on for a second season of the show because of their salaries, according to an unsourced gossip report.

“They made under $10,000 for the first season, while the Orange County housewives get $100,000,” an “insider” told the New York Daily News’ Ben Widdicombe. As a result, while “Bravo has green-lit season two, sources say none of the women has yet re-upped,” he reports.

Meanwhile, the housewives had minor conflict while watching Tuesday’s reunion show. “How could you invite Alex [McCord] and Simon [van Kempen]?” LuAnn de Lesseps asked Jill Zarin. And the housewives expressed “widespread derision when Bethenny Frankel, on the broadcast, ruled out posing for Playboy because it wasn’t ‘wholesome.'”

That’s because she appeared topless in a movie, Hollywood Hills 90028. Bethenny told Widdicombe that’s true. “I don’t know whether Bravo knows I assume they do big background checks and stuff when they’re putting the shows together,” she said.

The disparate ‘Real Housewives of New York’ [New York Daily News]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.