Since Bravo gave Jill Zarin and Alex McCord the boot, they're able to pay LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer the big bucks!
Normally paid $275,000 for 16 episodes, both Real Housewives of New York stars are now being paid $500,000 to tape 18 episodes.
That's almost $28,000 an episode!!! Just think of all the jewelry they can buy now!
But of course, there's already gossip that the new girls are complaining about the difference in pay.
According to an insider: