These 'Real Housewives of New York' Stars Do Not Deserve Giant Raises

real housewives of new yorkLike most Real Housewives fans, I was pretty shocked when I learned that Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, and Cindy Barshop were fired from The Real Housewives of New York. Well, I wasn't shocked about Cindy, but I was shocked about the rest. And the reason for my surprise wasn't because I felt those three women made amazing TV, the reason was because I felt the whole cast should have been fired. Boom, wiped clean, new ladies.

I've said it once and I'll say it again: Last season was a joke. An insulting joke. And full disclosure, a big part of the farce that was the Bravo show came from Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and their ri-god-damn-diculous antics. (Y'okay, guys, we really thought that 53-year-old Ramona was pregnant.)

So why in God's name are those two yahoos plus LuAnn de Lesseps getting astronomically big raises?

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Last season the women were making $250,000 a season (when they first started, they were making $7,500 a season). Now? This upcoming season? Ramona and LuAnn are set to pull in $500,000 a season. Sonja got a bump also, but not as big, as it will only be her third year.

That's an almost double raise! For ... living! And, like I said, I really don't think these women deserve that much. The show sucked this year. It wasn't just the other cast members' fault, it was everybody's fault. It's not like they were the backbone of the series. Why are they being rewarded for being the last women standing?

When asked how much she was going to be making, Sonja told Page Six, "Would a girl talk about how much she gets paid? Would the Countess, with her manners, or Ramona, with her business sense, tell you that?" Apparently. 'Cause the cat's out of the bag.

The new girls -- Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, and Aviva Drescher -- won't be making that kind of cash. They're only getting a paltry $5,000 an episode. It's not much, but hey, they gotta start somewhere.

Do you think these ladies deserve such huge raises?


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