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Shocking Details From Bravo’s The Real Housewives Contracts Revealed

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As we previously reported, Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney is battling her ex-husband Simon in court in order to allow her kids to appear on the Bravo show. In new court documents uncovered by RadarOnline, details of the contract the women must sign with Bravo before appearing on the show have been revealed. The 9 page agreement sheds light to what the women must agree upon before appearing on the Bravo “reality” show.

Titled “Reality Participation Agreement, Release & Arbitration Provisions,” the agreement between the cast, production company and network it is made clear that any compensation will be made in a different agreement.

“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,” the contract reads.

  • Housewives CAN’T participate in any other “unscripted reality program” without approval from network and/or one year AFTER final appearance on show.
  • Performers CAN appear in television shows and movies without approval from network/producers but obligations to RHOC comes first.
  • The appearance “shall not constitute an employment relationship” and the agreement does “shall not entitle me to any wages, salary, corporate benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, or other compensation of any kind.”
  • If performer performs any music NOT provided by producers of the show, the performer will waive any rights to royalties, and grants producer the right to reproduce, etc.
  • “I am in good physical, emotional, psychological, and mental health and am capable of performing any activities that I may perform during the course of participating in the Series (even though I do not know now precisely what those activities shall entail.)”

The document also reveals that the producers and the network have “the right to record my voice using concealed devices while I am talking on the telephone. TAPE AND AUDIO RECORDINGS OF MY VOICE AND STATEMENTS WHILE I AM ON THE TELEPHONE AND THE ACTIONS AND STATEMENTS OF THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS WHILE THEY ARE ON THE TELEPHONE MAY ME MADE USING SUCH RECORDING DEVICES, AND OTHER DEVICES LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE LOCATIONS, INCLUDING AREAS IN WHICH A PERSON UNDER OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES MIGHT HAVE A REASONABLE EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY.”

“MY PARTICIPATION IN THE SERIES MAY CAUSE ME TO BE IN ENVIRONMENT WHERE I MAY HEAR, SEE, OR ENCOUNTER SPEECH OR PHYSICAL CONTACT, OR OTHERWISE EXPERIENCE SENSATIONS THAT I, OR OTHERS, MAY CONSIDER OFFENSIVE. I FREELY AND KNOWINGLY CONSENT TO SUBJECT MYSELF TO SUCH SPEECH, CONDUCT AND SENSATIONS FROM OTHER THAN PRODUCER,” the agreement says.

“I shall not mention or plug any product, service, venture on things on the Series whatsoever. I have not given or agreed to give anything of value to anyone to be a participant in the Series, have not accepted or agreed to accept anything of value to promote any products, services, or ventures in connection with the series, and shall not do any of the foregoing in the future,” the document continues. “I know that Producer and the Network do not permit any such conduct, and that it may be a federal offense not to tell the Producers and the Network’s advance written request.”

All participants must also agree not to sue “IF ANY CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE BREACH OF ANY TERM THEROF….THE PARTIES AGREE TO ENDEAVOR FIRST TO SETTLE THE CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM BY MEDIATION.”

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  • getreal

    I can easily see how Tamra is desperate and dumb enough to sign such a crappy contract. But you would think that with the other castmembers, there’s a part of them that absolutely dreads signing it. And after hearing that RHOC is the lowest paying in the franchise, is the paycheck really worth sacrificing your dignity and privacy at Bravo’s pleasure? I would think that A-list stars would only consider Bravo contracts to use at toilet paper. Sad and embarrassing.