Rachel Leviss was paid over $350,000 for Vanderpump Rules Season 10 despite putting down her pay in a recent interview, according to a shocking new report.
The revelation comes after Rachel Leviss—originally known to viewers of Vanderpump Rules as Raquel—appeared on former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel’s podcast earlier today (August 16) where the two compared Raquel’s pay on the Bravo show to what an intern would make.
“Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Rachel made more than $350k for season 10 of the show — nearly $20k an episode for a total of 19 episodes — so certainly not chump change,” reads the report.
If TMZ’s reporting is accurate and that seems highly likely, the revelation directly contradicts Bethenny’s claims.
Bethenny Frankel takes on Bravo
As previously reported on TVDeets.com, Bethenny Frankel’s high profile attorneys Bryan Freedman and Mark Geragos have sent a letter to NBC, accusing the organization of “ormenting” a group of unnamed clients, who are all employees or contracted to Bravo, E!, and CNBC.
Bethenny wants to form a reality TV union and has been making publicly embarrassing claims about her former network ever since she took her stance to the media.
Despite Bethenny’s public campaign against Bravo, few reality stars have been willing to put their own names on the line. In a recent Page Six piece, both Lea Black and Dorinda Medley explained why they would not be joining her efforts.
“My experience has been positive. I’ve been part of the network for nearly 10 years, and I’ve loved getting to share my journey with the viewers,” Dorinda told the gossip outlet.
Lea, for her part, was much clearer in her position: “Bethenny likes to be the hero but she should be grateful,” the former Real Housewives of Miami star explained. “I can’t even wrap my head around anyone being so ungrateful for the opportunity that they want to sue the person that gave it to them.”
New reality show
Interestingly enough, Bethenny pitched a show to Bravo just months before her lawyers sent Bravo a blistering legal letter.
The series would have followed the lives of a group of “rich Connecticut families” and their children but never came to fruition. Here’s the Page Six report:
“We’re told the former Real Housewives of New York star — who starred in two of her very own spin-offs and a smattering of other shows for the NBCUniversal subsidiary — got the go-ahead from network execs to develop the show, which was set to star Susan Sarandon’s daughter, the actress/blogger Eva Amurri.
But we hear there was some kind of bust-up between Frankel and the production company that she was working with and the project was shelved, though Bravo remained theoretically interested in the comings and goings of Westport’s most delectably nepo-licious residents.”
The gossip outlet reached out to Bravo and was told “we don’t comment on shows that were potentially in development. Please reach out to Bethenny’s rep.”
Vanderpump Rules Season 11
In addition to discussing her pay with Bethenny, Rachel also made it clear that she would not be returning to Vanderpump Rules Season 11 despite production’s best efforts.
As previously reported on TVDeets.com, producers had been hoping Rachel would show up to film as early as the first cast trip but we are now just a few weeks away from the season wrapping and that is no longer happening.
Vanderpump Rules Season 11 will feature Lisa Vanderpump, Katie Maloney, Tom Sandoval, Scheana Shay, Ariana Madix, Tom Schwartz, James Kennedy, Lala Kent, and Ally Lewber and is reportedly set to return to Bravo sometime in 2024.