The Real Housewives of New York City received a giant pay raise for their second season from $5,000 to $50,000 an episode. Initially, of course that sounds outrageous. Who gets a pay raise that drastic?
But considering other reality stars like The Hills' Lauren Conrad formerly made $75,000 an episode in her fourth season of her show and surely made more for the fifth season, while co-stars Heidi and Spencer Pratt made $65,000 an episode for the fourth season, $5,000 was pennies in reality TV world. American Idol's Simon Cowell makes some ungodly six figure per episode sum. The best part: getting to renegotiate a higher salary every year.
Plus, everytime we want to throw a fit at these high paychecks for these already wealthy women, we realize they do provide us with one-of-a-kind entertainment. We wonder if people would watch struggling people in droves like we watch the wealthy?
We also often ponder whether exposing yourself to cameras and the whole world is worthy of a $50,000 salary. It obviously doesn't end after the sixty minute show is over Tuesday night. Once you step foot on a reality show you become fair game for every media source to dig up everything from your personal life. You also probably open yourself up to your friends becoming the "sources" that give your personal information to the paying magazines and blogs.
But we would never support the reality star that says "oh woe is me". There are many perks that obviously far surpass the negatives. Otherwise they wouldn't sign the contract to be on the show. Take Bethenny Frankel for instance. Her stock has admittedly risen since being a "housewife". She's now a celebrity chef with a booming business.
Do reality TV stars make too much money?