Teresa Giudice won’t be receiving the paycheck she’s used to when she returns for filming on the seventh season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey; at least according to the latest report. Although the seventh season of the show has yet to officially be confirmed by Bravo, a new source has spoken out, claiming Teresa Giudice’s salary has been cut due to disappointing ratings on her special, Teresa Checks In.
“Bravo cut the [Real Housewives of New Jersey] budget in half,” a source told Radar Online on December 9. “They cut the budget because the ratings for [Teresa Giudice]’s special were so bad.”
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While Bravo reportedly spent millions on cast salaries in past seasons, paying Teresa Giudice and her co-stars, including Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita, a reported $6 million per season, according to Radar Online, they have since slashed their budget and will be spending less than $3 million on season seven.
According to the source, a few of the show’s stars, including Teresa Giudice, will still be making a substantial amount, but overall, the cast salaries have seen a major reduction.
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“[Teresa Giudice] is getting $1 million, and Melissa Gorga is getting $750,000. They have their contracts and have signed.”
Jacqueline Laurita, who will reportedly return to a full-time role after allegedly being fired and then brought back to the show during season six, is expected to receive $750,000 for the season, but she is said to be “fighting over this number with the network” in hopes of getting a little bit more. Aside from Teresa Giudice, Laurita is the only housewife remaining that has appeared in all six seasons of the show.
“Jacqueline is the only one who hasn’t signed yet. They are just going over the details and finishing up the lose ends.”
In addition to Teresa Guide, Gorga and Laurita’s returns, Bravo has allegedly added two new housewives, married couple Robyn Levy, 34, and Christina Flores, 37, to the season seven cast. However, the ladies won’t be starring in full-time roles, which appears to leave the door open for at least a couple of new cast members.
“Robyn and Christina are getting $40,000 in total. The girls are part-time. Their titles are ‘friends of the housewives’ right now. But if they prove themselves, then they are going to go full-time.”
Siggy Flicker, 48, has also been added to the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey as a friend of Laurita’s.
“She’s just going to film, but is not getting any money yet.”
Teresa Giudice has been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut since December 5 for charges of bank and wire fraud, which she pleaded guilty to last year along with her husband, Joe. During their October 2014 sentencing, Teresa Giudice received a 15-month prison term, while Joe was sentenced to 41 months behind bars. Teresa is set for an early release on December 23, 2015.
While Teresa Giudice was in prison, her husband and their four daughters filmed Teresa Checks In, but sadly, the special, which aired in three parts on Bravo in October, didn’t garner the attention the network was expecting. During the show, Joe was seen speaking of his wife’s absence and how it impacts their daughters, and he also mentioned his own upcoming stint behind bars, which is expected to begin in early March of next year.
No word yet on when Teresa Giudice and her co-stars will return to Bravo for The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season Seven.
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