The 38-year-old announced on Instagram on Monday, September 21, that she had recently signed with powerhouse agency WME. Fans and friends immediately congratulated the star but also wanted to know whether or not she was returning to RHONY as a cast member.
One user wrote: “Yes. Let’s see if they can negotiate for a real raise!” referring to McSweeney’s ongoing dispute with Bravo over not paying her what she felt she deserved for the new season.
The fashionista commented back, writing, “My work here isn’t done yet!”
McSweeney — who joined during season 12 of the series — was in tough negotiations with the network for the new season, and she was holding out for a bigger salary.
Sources told TMZ that the reality starlet was only being offered a “minuscule” pay raise for the upcoming 13th season of RHONY. The source also said that she felt “disrespected” by the low offer.
The insider added that the newcomer made $3,000 per episode last season, which would net her around $60K for the season, and she feels that Bravo is underpaying her with a similar offer for the upcoming season.
OK! previously reported that McSweeney was “trying to strong arm” the network into “paying her double, putting her on the same money level as old timers LuAnn [de Lesseps] and Sonja [Morgan].” However, Bravo was “not budging,” and they started “to film without Leah and think she will back down after a few weeks of them not needing her.”
“Bravo is super tight when it comes to money. None of the ladies earn millions on the show,” the source shared. “The reason the franchise is so successful and won’t be canceled like the Kardashians is because Bravo watches the bottom line like a hawk. The only person making a ton of money off this franchise is Bravo.”
Meanwhile, the Married to the Mob founder has been keeping busy as of late since the she recently got a nose job.
Fans started to notice a change in the blonde beauty’s face, and she copped to having a little work done on Instagram. “People are DMing me like crazy inquiring why I have black eyes and asking if I got a nose job, asking if I got beat up … I am not trying to hide anything from anybody. I got a rhinoplasty and a septoplasty. I could not be happier,” she revealed on her Instagram Stories. “I’ve been wanting one for so freaking long and now I can also breathe, which is great.”
“And I’m just never going to be one of those b–ches that pretends like, ‘It’s not work, it’s contour makeup’ because that’s f–king weird,” she concluded.
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