'Real Housewives' Salaries: Kenya Moore Outearns Older Cast Mates, NeNe Leakes on $1 Million?

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By Benge Nsenduluka , CP Reporter
July 24, 2013|11:51 am
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"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kenya Moore is reportedly now amongst the show's the top earners after just one season on the hit Bravo TV series.

The former Miss USA, 42, reportedly received a substantial raise with a report claiming she earns $600,000 per season in addition to a reunion show bonus and other benefits. Moore's co-stars Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey, who joined the show in season three, and Porsha Stewart, who joined in season 5, are reportedly all earning significantly lower salaries than the actress.

"NeNe [Leakes], Kim [Zolciak] and Kandi [Burruss] make $800,000 a season but they can make more for doing certain special things, like Kim taking off her wig," a source told Us magazine while making reference to recurring housewife Kim Zolciak.

"Phaedra and Porsha make $50,000 per season," the source revealed.

Moore, whose dramatic behavior and snappy one liners made her a controversial cast member during season 5, is said to be thrilled after learning about her raise.

"Kenya is very happy to be back!" the source said.

Veteran housewife, NeNe Leakes, 44, is set to become the show's top earner with reports claiming the newlywed previously signed a $1 million contract for season six. The "Glee" star will reportedly receive bonuses in addition to her lucrative salary.

"NeNe is the one viewers watch. She knows that, Bravo knows that and that's why they gave her a raise," a source close to production told RadarOnline.com.

"She likes being on the show. NeNe is really happy with the New Normal and Glee, where she can be a real actress, but she knows her bread and butter comes from Bravo and that's why she's coming back, 'cause she can't turn the money down!" the source explained.

Bailey, who was in Leakes' bridal party, is believed to earn the same salary as Parks and Stewart which ultimately makes the trio the show's lowest earners.

"Everyone gets it, NeNe is the favorite, but they're still jealous, of course. They wish they could earn what NeNe makes because they don't think she would be nearly as popular without fighting with them," the source said about Leakes' co-stars.

 

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