It doesn’t look like Rachel Leviss, formerly known as Raquel, will be getting her job back at SUR any time soon. After the Vanderpump Rules star claimed she didn’t receive “a single penny” from Bravo following Scandoval, Lisa Vanderpump fired back by revealing just how much Leviss raked in for Season 10 of the hit reality series.
Leviss — who spent three months in a mental health facility after it was revealed that she was having a months-long affair with Ariana Madix‘s boyfriend of nine years, Tom Sandoval — spoke out for the first time on a recent episode of Bethenny Frankel‘s Just B podcast. According to the former beauty queen, her scandal is just one example of “exploitation” in reality TV that had Bravo “running [and] laughing to the bank.”
“I haven’t seen a single penny,” Leviss said. “It’s not fair. And I feel like a toddler saying, ‘It’s not fair!’ But it really isn’t. And I feel like I’ve been portrayed as the ultimate villain. My mistakes that I’ve made on camera live on forever.”
She continued, “You mentioned something about the addiction of doing reality TV and the way that they always dangle that carrot in front of you, like, ‘Well, you need to tell your side of the story otherwise it’s gonna be written for you.’ And that’s terrifying. So I almost went back, just because of that.”
Frankel — who is calling for reality TV to unionize amidst the ongoing dual Hollywood strikes — added that Leviss and her Pump Rules co-stars get paid “less in a year” than her own interns.
“One of the things that producers also told me is that you get paid based off your performance from the season prior. So that already set me up to want to perform well going into Season 10,” Leviss pointed out, before joking that she “took direction well.”
However, Frankel’s comments didn’t sit well with Vanderpump, who later assured TMZ that she is, in fact, getting “paid more than an intern.” The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star also exposed the whopping salary Leviss received for her participation in Season 10.
“I think she got very well-paid. She got paid $361,000,” Vanderpump told the outlet.
Either someone is lying or everyone is quitting their jobs and applying to Frankel’s internship program.
Vanderpump Rules is currently streaming on Peacock.
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