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Inside The Contracts Of The Real Housewives

December 19, 2013 08:00 AM by Suzy Kerr

If you ever want to know what it feels like to sign away your freedom, all you need to do is become a Housewife! RadarOnline got the dirt on what each Real Housewives of Wherever participant agrees to when she signs a contract with the show, and it is just a little insane – like, hidden microphones in the bathroom insane. While there’s nothing about giving away a firstborn child or anything, it’s definitely close.


A copy of the standard contract was obtained through court documents that were submitted by Tamra and Simon Barney from the Real Housewives of Orange County. The contract, which was in with some legal paperwork pertaining to the former couple’s current dispute over whether or not their children should appear on the show, lists some pretty serious terms, including this gem: “My appearance, depiction, and portrayal in connection with the Series, and my actions and the actions of others in connection with the Series, may be disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing or of an otherwise unfavorable nature, may expose me to public ridicule, humiliation or condemnation, and may portray me in a false light.” Um, okay. “May portray me in a false light”? Sounds like there’s some serious editing going on there.

Other interesting tidbits from the contract include warnings that tape and audio recordings may be done pretty much anytime and anywhere, even in places that a gal thinks she might get some privacy; and that each participant is knowingly placing themselves in situations that are potentially offensive (i.e., being in Brandi Glanville’s presence). Housewives are also not allowed to participate in other reality shows without network approval, and while they are allowed to serve as product or service spokespeople, they are not permitted to plug their product or service on the show.

And here’s a final term, which I think is a good one to conclude with: “The appearance “shall not constitute an employment relationship” and the agreement “shall not entitle me to any wages, salary, corporate benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, or other compensation of any kind.” In other words, if you sign up to be a Housewife, Bravo isn’t legally obligated to pay you.

Wow, so no privacy AND there’s a possibility of not getting paid? Sounds like a great job.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you have guess that a Real Housewives contract would be so restrictive? Tell us in the comments!

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Topics: Bravo Reality TV Shows, The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives Of Miami, The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, The Real Housewives Of New York City, The Real Housewives Of Orange County |

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