According to sources, NeNe Leakes might actually be a ‘rich b*tch’ after all!
Radar Online reports that NeNe Leakes has negotiated a massive pay raise for her role on The Real Housewives of Atlanta — putting her earnings at $1.5 million for the upcoming season and making her the highest paid Bravo TV star.
NeNe was able to “broker the huge pay increase because she is the most popular housewife of any of the Bravo franchises,” a source told Radar.
“Without NeNe, RHOA wouldn’t be the ratings blockbuster that it continues to be. While some of the other shows including RHONJ and RHONY have endured ratings slumps, Atlanta has never had to endure that,” the source said. “NeNe made it known she would need a significant raise to do the upcoming season, and Bravo had no choice but to agree to it.”
Earlier this year while appearing on Arsenio Hall’s show, Leakes said the pay was “okay.“
“You know what, the pay is okay, but I don’t know if it’s worth what you saw on the clip. I began this so many years ago with other girls,” she said. “And I’m the only original that’s left. It has changed a lot over the years. I thought, or at least I think, people would tune in to see the Real Housewives of Atlantabecause they would get to see fabulousness, and a good old read, and never the hair pulling and the punching and all that kind of stuff.”
Leakes, 46, launched a clothing line for HSN, which was a smashing success. Most of the clothes in her NeNe Leakes Collection sold out in a day.?
Leakes, who wears a size 10, enjoys representing curvy gals.
The source added, “NeNe is a very smart businesswoman. She knew she could demand it and get it.
Earlier this year it was reported that NeNe took a pay cut and would return for this upcoming season just part-time — but it looks like that’s simply not the case.
Get those coins, NeNe!