The numbers are officially in and it looks like Teresa Giudice and her "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast mates are slated to make big bucks off Season 7. In August it was announced that Teresa, 45, who is being released from prison in less than two weeks, would be returning to the show. Now sources claim to know just how much she and the rest of the New Jersey "Housewives" are getting paid for their participation.
According to OK! Magazine, Bravo reportedly cut the budget for "RHONJ" in half after low ratings on "RHONJ: Teresa Checks In." Still, Teresa and her co-stars are said to be making a pretty penny for appearing in Season 7. According to the publication, Teresa, who will likely head the cast, is being paid $1 million. Her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, is also said to be getting a hefty paycheck, bringing home $750, 000. Sources say the duo have already received and signed contracts for the series. Jacqueline Laurita, who is thought to be returning after a several-season hiatus, is getting paid the same amount, though she is reportedly crossing her fingers for more money. Sources tell OK! she has not yet signed a contract and is hopeful the network will give in to her demands. She remains the only housewife who has yet to sign a contract.
Newcomers Robyn Levy and Christina Flores are among the lowest paid "RHONJ" stars. The pair are said to be "getting $40,000 in total." Sources say both are only part time cast members and will be referred to as "'friends of the Housewives'" throughout the season. The network is said to be considering them for fulltime roles in the future.
Season 6 villain Amber Marchese announced on Nov. 10 that she and husband Jim Marchese would not be returning for another season. She released a statement on her departure via Us Weekly, claiming she and her beau no longer liked the direction the show was going. Amber claimed she had been pursuing acting when she got the call to be on "RHONJ." She told Us she was putting on a front for much of the season she starred in. She said the character portrayed on the show was not her "on any level," adding that she plans to shift her focus toward other business ventures. Twins Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano along with Dina Manzo have also decided not to return to the show.
Filming for Season 7 of "RHONJ" will reportedly begin around Dec. 14, 2015. Bravo has neither confirmed nor denied that information. It remains unclear at this time when the show will return to TV.