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Brandi Glanville made $18,000 for 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

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Brandi Glanville is promoting her new book, "Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders."

It's obvious many of the women on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" have ginormous savings accounts, but the same can't be said of Brandi Glanville.

While promoting her new book, "Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders," on "The Howard Stern Show" Tuesday, the reality personality revealed that compared to the other ladies on the show, she was making chump change.

"For the first season I worked for 18 grand, so it wasn't a lot," she told the shock jock.

When Stern sidekick Robin Quivers expressed her surprise that it wasn't $18,000 per episode, Stern chimed in, "In other words, they were like, 'Hey, prove yourself and then we'll give you a contract. ... and prove yourself you did! You really did!"

Glanville, who joined the hit Bravo series in its second season, has been front and center for much of the show's drama since, thanks to her tendency to blurt the truth without much regard for potential consequences. In her first season, she and fellow co-star Kim Richards were embroiled in a rivalry after some mean-girl antics by the latter led Glanville to accuse the former child star of being on drugs. This season, Adrienne Maloof is allegedly suing her for revealing a family secret that Bravo has censored from the show.

Glanville said that she doesn't think the poor welcome she received was because the others were jealous of her looks. "They just didn't want me there!" Glanville said. "They were like, 'Oh, she doesn't fit in. She's out.' " She pointed out that unlike the other housewives on the show, she doesn't even have one million dollars to her name, much less the hundreds of millions some of them have.

The former model also told Stern that the other ladies on the show earn a whopping $250,000 per season. "I'm not supposed to tell anyone this, but I'm just telling you," she said. (Again with the truth telling!) And it sounds like the pay scale may not yet be equal, though Glanville has just one season less under her belt than the other women.

"I want what they're getting, because I feel like I work hard," she told Stern. 

Bravo did not reply to a request for comment.

As to whether or not she'd walk away if she didn't get the paycheck she thinks she deserves? In a rare display of self-censorship, Glanville merely laughed.

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