The drama on the Real Housewives of Atlanta is paying off for the stars of the show. According to a new report, after Kenya Moore got the axe, everyone else — from OG NeNe Leakes to the newest cast members — received a huge raise for Season 11.
Kandi Burruss’ salary went from $2 million to $2.2 million, and Cynthia Bailey went from pulling in $1.6 million to $1.75 million. Radar Online is reporting that Porsha Williams, who is now expecting her first child, got a baby bump and a pay bump. She went from $800,000 to $1.25 million.
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They pay increases weren’t just for the full-time cast members. Friend of the show Marlo Hampton earned $275,000, and Eva Marcille and Shamari DeVoe raked in a salary of $250,000. And, to make her show debut, Tanya Sam received $100,000.
After producers fired Moore, it freed up a lot of money. She was earning a salary of $1.5 million, but the show fined her $125,000 for not sharing her secret marriage and not allowing Bravo cameras at the ceremony.
Of course, the top-paid RHOA cast member is NeNe Leakes. She earned $2.75 million during Season 11, and that makes her the highest paid Housewife in the entire franchise. As a matter of fact, Real Housewives of Atlanta is the highest-rated Housewives show on Bravo.
During Season 11, Bailey went through a lot of changes, including dealing with an empty nest after her daughter Noelle Robinson went off to college and having a new man in her life — Mike Hill. And, she also had to go through the season without Moore, one of her best friends.
Both Moore and Sheree Whitfield did not come back for Season 11, and Bailey definitely missed having Moore by her side.
“Although I made some amazing new friends this season, my Twirl @thekenyamoore was dearly missed,” Bailey wrote on Instagram earlier this week.
However, Bailey did say that she was excited about the Season 11 premiere, and she is grateful for the love and support she gets from her family, friends, and fans. She added that she is in a beautiful place in her life, and she appreciates all of the kind words and well wishes. Plus, she is looking forward to sharing her journey with her fans.
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Bailey also sent her best wishes to her co-star Leakes and her husband, Gregg. He has been battling cancer, and fans will see that during the upcoming season. Bailey asked her fans to keep praying for Gregg, and she asked for a speedy recovery, plus continued strength for NeNe.
As for Kenya Moore, she is filming a special about her pregnancy journey, although no network or airtime have been announced.
Season 11 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta premieres on Sunday, November 4th.