'Real Housewives Of New York City' Cast: Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer & LuAnn Part Time? [VIDEO]

Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan have reportedly been demoted by Bravo ahead of The Real Housewives of New York City season eight.

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According to a new report, the three women were holding out on their contracts in an effort to increase their paychecks, but unfortunately, their alleged scheme backfired in a big way.

“They tried to power play Bravo,” a source told Page Six on Saturday. “They tried to hold out for more money, and the network said, ‘Guess what? We’re not even going to give you a contract.’ ”

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At this point, according to the source, Singer, de Lesseps and Morgan will only be included in season eight “if they are necessary and it works in the context of their scene."

As for their pay, de Lesseps and Singer will embark on the pay-by-scene structure, which at the rate of $20,000 per scene, could prove to be a good thing.

“They actually can make more money on [this] rate,” an insider explained, because "they don’t have to work six days a week, and they don’t have to go to events or go on vacations” that are filmed with the cast.

The report claimed Bethenny Frankel, Carole Radziwill and Dorinda Medley have all signed on for season eight, which is expected to premiere sometime next year.

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