The Bravo production crew has been pulling the wool over our eyes. We wouldn’t say outright that they’ve been gaslighting us, but then again, that wouldn’t be a lie. Though the ladies may meet up for lunch, that lunch may actually be filmed at 10 a.m. One of the reasons for this is because Bravo producers want emptier restaurants.
In other words, they want fewer members of ordinary people to be present at public spots. Members of the public have to sign releases if they end up on a “RH” set so to avoid loads of paperwork, production will have the ladies arrange their lunch dates for non-peak times. So, in the “RH” world, dinner doesn’t always mean dinnertime.
You know all those fancy restaurants the housewives frequent? The housewives don’t just rock up to them with all the camera and lighting crew. “RH” producers must get the rights from restaurants to film scenes from the show at these public venues. Before filming begins, the production team needs to make sure they get permission from the venue itself.
We imagine that most restaurants, bars, and cafés will be more than more than happy to host the housewives. After all, it means more publicity for them. But producers can’t simply turn up, turn on the lights, and start rolling the cameras, they need managers’ approval first.
Everyone Signs a Release
The rules of “The Real Housewives” don’t only apply to the housewives. Anyone who’s involved in the filming process needs to follow some rules. While we long-time fans have been waiting a while to have our cameo appearances on an episode of “RH” or to see our fave housewives out and about, we should know beforehand that we have to sign a release if that should ever happen.
Before any scene is filmed at a public venue, the production unit will make sure all members of the public present for the filming sign a release. That’s not the end of the rules. Everyone who even interacts with someone from the show also has to sign a release. This goes for lawyers, doctors, and hairstylists.
Though we only see these ladies each for a couple of seconds in interviews, it might surprise viewers to learn that these one-on-one interviews are time-consuming affairs. Filming these interviews generally takes up to five hours. And that’s just the filming. Setting up can take hours too.
Cameramen will visit the housewives’ homes and rearrange their furniture and things; you know, to get that perfect angle. And of course, the ladies themselves need to make sure they’re camera-ready. After editing, the final product may only be snippets, but the cast and crew have set aside plenty of time to make sure those snippets are perfect.
Of course, regular housewives don’t earn a salary. They are generally supported by their spouses. Then again, let’s not be fooled by the word ‘real’ with the “Real Housewives” franchise, these ladies, like the rest of us, earn a living. While most employees are paid after a month’s work, these ladies get their salaries after a season’s work.
These ladies get paid per season. But unlike regular workers, these ladies really bring home the bacon. In Season 12, Cynthia Bailey of “RHOA” earned a whopping $1.8 million that season. Her co-star, Porsha Williams, took home $1.3 million. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Teresa Giudice earned a comfortable $1.1 million per season while her co-star, Bethenny Frankel also took home around $1 million.