Soap Star Eileen Davidson Joins “RHOBH” and Receives Record Salary

Eileen Davidson, the actress formerly appearing on “The Young and the Restless” and “Days of Our Lives” signed a deal with Bravo to appear on the upcoming fifth season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” This report comes on the heels of her “Days of Our Lives” co-star Lisa Rinna joining the cast as well.

Davidson “has indeed signed onto join the cast for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” a source confirmed to Radar Online on July 24. “Eileen has a huge fan following, and will be paid $750,000, which is a record for a new cast member. They are very interesting dynamics between Eileen and fellow cast member and soap sudser, Lisa Rinna. Everyone will be extremely surprised by their relationship.”

According to Radar, the cast received raises after season four, and currently, Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards and Yolanda Foster are making $500,000 per season, while Kim Richards makes $450,000. Lisa Rinna will reportedly make $450,000 for season five, as well.

Because this is Davidson’s first season, it is a total shock that she is receiving the highest paycheck. After all, several of the show’s stars, including Vanderpump and the Richards sisters, have been on the series since day one, which would, in most cases, garner them with the largest salaries.

As for how Davidson stacks up against the rest of the “Real Housewives” women, she’s doing impressively well. In fact, only one housewife makes more than she does. In Atlanta, according to Reality Tea, NeNe Leakes is pulling $1 million per season – more than any other wives – and that doesn’t include any bonuses. Making the same amount as Davidson is New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice,  who is paid $700,000 per season.

Ramona Singer and LuAnn de Lesseps, of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and Vicki Gunvalson of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are next in line with paychecks totaling $500,000 each (prior to de Lesspes’ downgrade ahead of season six). Kandi Burruss of Atlanta is up there as well with $450,000 per season.

The other stars of “Real Housewives of New York” make significantly less than Singer and de Lesseps, with Sonja Morgan making $300,000 per season, Aviva Drescher at $200,000 and Heather Thompson at $175,000.

In Orange County, Tamra Barney makes $375,000, as did Gretchen Rossi, who got the boot after season eight. Alexis Bellino reportedly made $175,000 before her season eight exit.

At the bottom of the totem pole are the stars of “The Real Housewives of Miami,” including Joanna Krupa and Adriana de Moura, who make between $55,000 and $75,000 per season.

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” returns to Bravo for season five this fall.

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