Bethenny Frankel Reveals Earnings From ‘RHONY’ Season 1

Bethenny Frankel On RHONY [Source: YouTube]

Bethenny Frankel revealed her earnings from Season 1 of The Real Housewives of New York. She achieved fame and success thanks to the Bravo series. The Housewives were about opulence and luxury. Yet, that doesn’t mean they were getting paid big numbers on the show. Bethenny shared the shocking numbers with her fans. Keep on reading to learn more.

Bethenny Frankel reveals RHONY earnings

On Thursday, April 7, Bethenny Frankel shared an honest TikTok video about her earnings from RHONY Season 1. She admitted that she didn’t make a lot as a full-time cast member. However, she felt that it was a lot of money at the time. Some Housewives make $500,000 per season, while others like Kandi Burruss make up to $2.3 million per season.

Bethenny Frankel [Source: YouTube]
[Source: YouTube]
That’s different from when it first premiered on Bravo. The 52-year-old entrepreneur talked about her early earnings with the series. In her candid TikTok, Bethenny wore a gray cardigan over a white T-shirt. She wore colorful jewelry and rocked a makeup-free look. The former reality star answered questions about her time on The Real Housewives of New York.

“How much was my contract for Season One of the Real Housewives of New York City?” Bethenny Frankel read the question before responding, “The contract said $7250, which I did not dispute. I was a nobody, that was a lot of money to me.”


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♬ original sound – Bethenny Frankel

She also revealed that she upgraded from a studio apartment to a one-bedroom when she first appeared in the series. There was one thing that Bethenny didn’t agree with it in her contract and that was allowing Bravo to take a cut from her earnings. She didn’t have anything to her name then.

“Somewhere down deep inside of me I understood conceptually that that was wrong, and I was going places and I was gonna do something and no one was going to own any part of it,” Bethenny Frankel explained.

From there, she made her own “Bethenny clause” as her star and platform rose. She was able to call the shots with the network. Over time, Bethenny made more money from her regular appearances on RHONY.


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♬ original sound – Bethenny Frankel

Reveals her Bravo clause

Bethenny Frankel shared some honest advice for those who are interested in going on a reality show. She admits that the money isn’t going to be there the first time around. The Skinnygirl founder also wants people to read their clauses carefully. At the time, Bethenny wasn’t a business person yet but she found that learning about one changed her career and the show.

“I read a contract, something didn’t feel right to me, and I took it out,” Bethenny Frankel explained. “And it changed my entire life, and it changed the entertainment industry and their practices. So never assume anyone is smarter than you.”

Bethenny Frankel opens up about her time on the show on her new podcast, ReWives with Bethenny Frankel. What are your thoughts on her earnings from RHONY Season 1? Does this surprise you? Sound off below in the comment section.

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