Three stars are reportedly holding out for more money before signing on to The Real Housewives of New York City.
Following the exits of Heather Thomson and Kristen Taekman, production on the 2016 season has begun, but while Bethenny Frankel, Dorinda Medley and Carole Radziwill have been filmed, three other cast members have not.
LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer "are still negotiating new contracts since they want to get closer to the more than $1 million paycheck higher-paid co-star Bethenny Frankel is making," a source told Page Six on Saturday, and it “could work against them.”
For starters, “the other women aren’t even close” in salary, the source explained, and Frankel is more than willing to bring her friends to the show to replace them.
“LuAnn, Sonja and Ramona have banded together [in holding out for more],” another source said. “They have not come to terms. The negotiations are always down to the last minute, but now the show’s started filming” with Frankel, Medley and Radziwill. “The others are not filming because they have not signed their contracts.”
According to the source, the three women have formed a "united front" in an effort to get more money as a group, but so far, the only person "likely" to return to the show is de Lesseps.
“Luann’s a wild card,” said the source. “She’s getting a new apartment in Manhattan and a plotline this season will be her decorating the apartment.”