10 May 2013 10:23 AM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: Cast of The Real Housewives of New York City (Image Source: Bravo)
The cast of The Real Housewives of New York City has banded together to demand higher pay from Bravo—and the network is definitely not happy about it.
Sources close to the show told TMZ yesterday that Bravo approached LuAnn de Lesseps, Caroline Radziwill, Aviva Drescher, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Heather Thompson individually with contract deals for season six, but they were all not pleased with the offers and have since teamed up against the network.
The housewives are demanding raises and are threatening to quit. Bravo, however, has responded by threatening to fire the whole cast if they do not sign the contract today (Friday), according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
“It’s either a wrap, or it’s a tactic to get them to sign their contracts,” a source told the Post.
The source added that the cast is requesting “reasonable” pay raises to cover costs of things like hair and makeup, which they allegedly have paid out of pocket.
“There’s a lot of expenses that go into being on the show,” the source explained. “And they’re not frivolous. The cast asked for a modest increase—enough so they can cover the costs and make a little money.”
Each housewife earns an average of $65,000 per season, with veterans earning a larger chunk of cash. Singer, for example, allegedly earns $500,000 as she has been on since day one.
Production was set to begin on Monday, but the cast has forced the network to delay production.
A rep for Bravo has not commented on the situation.