'Real Housewives of New York' Cast, Bravo Come to Agreement, Contracts Still to Be Finalized
Reps for cast members Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan and Aviva Drescher have come to an agreement that the women will sign their contracts for Season 6, an individual close to the negotiations told TheWrap.
The insider said that no contracts have been finalized, but are expected to be completed early next week during business hours, despite reports to the contrary on Saturday. The network is remaning cautious about the agreements until the women actually sign on the dotted line.
We're told the network didn't budge on its previous offers, despite the women's "Friends-style" negotiating tactic that postponed production earlier this week. Production is expected to resume as soon as the agreements are inked next week.
Reportedly, the women's salaries ranged from $175,000-$500,000 for Season 5 with Singer and de Lesseps landing at the higher end of that range.
On Friday, Bravo insiders told TheWrap that the network was not going to back down on its previous salary offers to the ladies. It would rather fire the entire cast, postpone production and recast the show then set the precedent of allowing its casts to band together during negotiations.
Contrary to other reports, Bravo never considered canceling the series.
Individuals close to production said that Singer, Radziwill, Thomson and Drescher had already accepted the network's offer letters and were on their way to inking their contracts before deciding they wanted more money.
"They're getting greedy and feeling entitled," one insider told us about firing the entire cast if they don't stand down. "They are all replaceable."
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While Bravo wanted to avoid recasting the entire cast, it already had possible new cast members waiting in the wings and was prepping to find more if the women didn't accept their offers.
Season 5 saw the franchise's biggest recasting when Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Cindy Barshop and Kelly Killoren Bensimon were fired. Radziwill, Thomson and Drescher were brought in to replace them.
In the end, viewership declined. The fifth season of "RHONY," became its second-least watched outing of the series' run. In response, development executive and "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen said that the network was prepared for the lower ratings.