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Vicki Gunvalson Claims She Was Paid ‘Zero’ For Her First Season Of RHOC!

Vicki Gunvalson recently got candid about the salary she made during her first season of The Real Housewives of Orange County during a recent episode of her podcast, Whoop It Up with Vicki. Gunvalson revealed she made no money for her first season.

Gunvalson, who is known as the OG of the OC, discussed the revelation with her guest co-host, David Yontef from Behind the Velvet Rope podcast.

Yontef shared that new Housewives make about $60,000 for their first year. “Tamra [Judge] told me she got like $7,000,” he said.

“I got zero!” Gunvalson confessed, according to Cheat Sheet. “I got zero, zero. So you have to pay your dues.”

Gunvalson and Yontef then discussed how financially impactful some former cast members face when they get axed or leave the show.

 Where people get messed up in this game, is all of a sudden they’re making their $200,000 and $300,000 when they were a Housewife,” she said. “Like a true Housewife. And then all of a sudden, they’re getting $300,000 and they’re kicking the can down the road for the taxes and then, ‘Oh by the way you only made $150,000.'”

“So I’ve got lots of horror stories on people who didn’t listen to me and didn’t follow my Excel spreadsheets,” she continued. “Because I’m a freak about money. So typically viewers or listeners don’t know but we got paid once a month,” she says. “We got a up front, a back end, and once a month while you’re filming.”

“When I got that up front, all of it went to taxes,” she shared. “Then when I do my four months of pay, half of it goes to taxes. My last paycheck was all mine.”

“I can’t tell you how many people forgot about the taxes and their 1099 people, it’s crazy!” she said.

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