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Somebody always seems to be leaving The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo, Mondays, 8 p.m. ET). Remember when supposed "inside sources" revealed that Kim Richards was on her way out? Lisa Vanderpump has also had to deny her own rumored departure, and Taylor Armstrong was said to be jumping ship to be with her new boyfriend. Now Adrienne Maloof is supposedly begging producers to let her out of her contract.
But despite all the talk of leaving, Housewives cast members tend to stick around -- unless they're pushed. (And that's a very real possibility -- just ask the producers of The Real Housewives of New York City, which dumped half of its cast after Season 4.)
Why do they all end up, for the most part, choosing to stay? Now that Brandi Glanville has revealed how much her fellow cast members earn per season, we sure do understand: "The other girls are a year ahead of me," she told Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show. "And they're making $250 [thousand per season]." She herself earned only $18K for the first season, but jumped to $136K for Season 2. She plans to hold out for $250K in Season 3.
No wonder these women endure all sorts of slander, verbal abuse and occasional physical violence season upon season! Sure, many of them clearly enjoy the fame that Housewives cameras bring, but the show is also helping to bankroll those Chanel handbags and rhinestone gloves.
Let's face it: Most of the time, the only way that cast members leave this show is when producers make the decision for them. Both Maloof and Armstrong have hinted at wanting to leave, but according to TMZ, they're on borrowed time anyway. The site says that former Extra host Dayna Devon and Rod Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster are already in consideration to replace them.
That would be quite all right by Glanville, who's crossing her fingers about Maloof's imminent departure. Or was that a cat scratch gesture? That works, too.