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Shocking Real Housewives Contract Details Revealed

The only thing juicier than on-camera drama, is all the messy behind the scenes gossip.

Following Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge's departures from The Real Housewives of Orange County, media outlet Radar Online obviously found a copy of their contracts as they rolled out two articles last week about the shocking details that are wrapped up in the documents all Real Housewives have to sign.

Firstly, the outlet claims Vicki and Tamra have a one-year non-compete clause in their contracts, which means they cannot appear on any other television show for the next 12 months unless they are given "special permission" by Bravo. While the two-thirds of the Tres Amigas denied this clause, it does make sense.

After Kenya Moore was fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta following season 10, multiple outlets claimed she was shopping a spinoff show about her family, however, had to wait until a year after her departure as she had a non-compete clause in her Bravo contract. So this isn't the first time this topic has popped up in the Housewives world.

Think about it, how many fired Housewives have actually gone on to appear on another reality show within a year of being left go by Bravo? I rest my case.

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Following this article, Radar then released another "exclusive" claiming the network is trying to cost cuts across all Housewives franchises after letting go of Tamra and Vicki. Apparently Bravo is doing this by rolling out a new way of paying their talent. The insider revealed:

“Bravo has rolled out a new talent agreement which doesn’t guarantee the ladies will be featured in every episode. No one is safe. They will no longer be giving huge contracts to the returning ladies.”

Basically, all Housewives will now be paid per episode and not for a whole season as they have in the past, which means the casts will have to deliver drama to get featured on the show or risk not being paid. Bravo definitely know how to make their women work for their money.

The current pay-per-episode scheme has already been rolled out on The Real Housewives of New Jersey and is allegedly going to be expanded to all franchises for upcoming seasons. The outlet also claimed during recent negotiations, Melissa Gorga made sure that she was paid the same as her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice, thanks to the new contracts.

NeNe Leakes apparently had a three-year, $2.85 million contract, however, this new scheme is bad news for the Rich Bitch as she'll only be paid for episodes she's featured on, which isn't a lot as she's been cut out of five episodes in the current season.

Several ladies have been coasting for seasons, especially NeNe who barely showed up to filming during the current season of Atlanta, so it will finally make these women work for their money and give us the drama we want.

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