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"The Real Housewives of New York" is set to return in March and one new housewife has been added to the season 6 cast.
Aviva Drescher, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson and veteran housewife Ramona Singer are set to return for a dramatic new season. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, who is also a season 1 veteran, will return in a recurring role and newcomer Kristen Taekman will be introduced.
Taekman, who is a model and businesswoman, is the wife of, Josh Taekman — co-founder of the Eboost natural energy drinks. The couple of almost 10 years shares two children, a son, Cash, 5 and a daughter, Kingsley, 2.
"I never in a million years thought about [doing this show]," Taekman told The New York Post. "I've been in the mommy world for so long, which is why this show is so exciting to me."
The mother-of-two appears to cause friction in the group during at least one of their getaways. She is seen being scolded by both Singer and Thompson in separate incidents.
"You know what Kristen? Just get out of my face!" Singer says as she appears to toss a wine glass at the model. The scene then cuts to an injured Taekman, who appears to be in need of medical assistance.
The season 6 trailer reveals a series of highs and lows including sunny vacations, a funeral, alcohol-fueled screaming matches and relationship woes.
"Don't tell me anything m-----------!" Thomson is seen blasting a stunned Drescher during a heated confrontation -- to which she sarcastically responds "Did you learn that in prison?"
At one point during the extended trailer, Singer, who is no stranger to emotional breakdowns, is seen sobbing uncontrollably during a car ride with her husband Mario and their daughter Avery.
In October, the reality TV star was forced to address cheating rumors after reports claimed her husband of 27 years impregnated another woman.
"It's not true," Singer reportedly told HollywoodLife.com at the time.
The trailer comes eight months after a salary dispute between the cast and the show's producers took place.
In early May, the cast banded together and demanded individual salary raises for the upcoming season, yet producers allegedly denied their requests, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On May 9 Singer, Radziwill, Thomson and Morgan signed their contracts after a prolonged standoff with producers which delayed filming. Drescher, who joined the show in season five, continued to hold out for a raise along with de Lesseps but on May 23, the New York native confirmed she had accepted a deal and began filming.
De Lesseps, 47, and Singer, 53, are the only original cast members and reports claim their earnings are substantially different. Singer is said to be the highest earner, with sources claiming the married mother-of-one takes home an estimated $500,000, though she reportedly asked for a 50 percent raise. De Lesseps reportedly earns far less, which some critics suspect may be the reason behind her prolonged salary dispute with Bravo TV producers.
The cast members are often seen jet-setting around the globe, fine dining, attending exclusive events and living in luxury in what appears to be some of the many perks of being a Bravo TV "housewife." The average salary is reportedly $65,000 per season, which they ultimately argue is simply not enough.
"There's a lot of expenses that go into being on the show and they're not frivolous. The cast asked for a modest increase— enough so they can cover the costs and make a little money," a source told The New York Post's Page Six.
"Another source close to the cast said they'd been negotiating individually, but then 'banded together' for leverage— and that's when Bravo had enough," the source explained.
The "Real Housewives of New York" premieres on Tuesday, March 11 at 9/8 c on Bravo. To see the trailer, click below (WARNING: Adult content, language and themes).