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How Much Money Could the Cast of Vanderpump Rules Lose If the Show Is Cancelled?

How Much Money Could the Cast of Vanderpump Rules Lose If the Show Is Cancelled?

Several Vanderpump Rules cast members are reportedly “distraught” since the firings of Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute. Their distress, however, may stem from the prospect that the once highly regarded series may end up being canceled, which could result in a major financial hit.

Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni were fired from the series due to racist actions. Schroeder and Doute were original cast members. Boyens and Caprioni only joined the cast this season. While Schroeder and Doute are obviously upset, a source told ENews that several cast members are also anxiety-ridden, worried the show won’t be the same.

Certainly, the show won’t be the same … if it returns next season. Prior to the cast firings, a growing number of viewers complained on social media that the season seemed disjointed as more cast members were added.

Scheana Shay joked on Dumb Gay Politics with Julie & Brandi podcast that the cast was way too big. “We’ve got 72 people on the show now,” she joked. “There’s literally 19 people doing interviews,” she added. “Yeah, the show started with six and now there’s 19.” 

If Bravo abandons the show, what does that mean for the cast? And what kind of financial hit could they experience?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, after eight seasons, some original cast members were making $25,000 per episode. That is a significant jump from the early seasons when records show that Kristen Doute and Tom Sandoval made a mere $1,400 per episode. The cast ended up making about $10,000 each for the first season.

Let’s take a look at each cast member’s net worth and how much they bank per episode.

Jax Taylor

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Most of Jax’s estimated net worth of $400,000 comes from his Bravo paycheck, paid appearances, and sponsored social media posts – must be nice!

Jax earns $25,000 per episode of Vanderpump Rules, making him the highest-paid cast member (excluding Lisa Vanderpump), probably because his confrontational behavior gets him plenty of time in front of the camera. 

Brittany Cartwright

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Jax convinced Brittany Cartwright to upend her life in Vegas to move to LA and be together. Soon after she arrived in California, Brittany became a key player at SUR. 

Though Riot Housewives mentions that most cast members on Vanderpump Rules earn between $10,000 and $50,000 per episode of the show, the source doesn’t give an exact figure for Brittany’s rate. However, we expect her net worth, which was valued at $50,000 last year, has soared since she moved to the West Coast. In addition to being a regular cast member on Vanderpump Rules, Brittany and Jax also had a spin-off show, Vanderpump Rules: Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky.

They tried to tease a possible wedding spin-off, but Bravo said no.

Tom Sandoval

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Tom used to be the lowest paid star on Vanderpump Rules, but in 2016, he got his agent and lawyer involved, and his net worth has sky rocketed to a cute $400,000 since then.

Basically, Tom earned $38,000 for the first two seasons of the show, according to documents that TMZ dug up. In other words, he was making about $1,400 per episode, and you’ll remember Jax makes about 20 times that. But going the legal route seems to have helped Tom, who is now making $15,000 per episode.

Stassi Schroeder & Kristen Doute

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Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have already suffered the biggest financial hit after being fired from Vanderpump Rules. Both cast members based their earnings on personal brands they built from the show. They each released a book, essentially driven by their personality on the show. Doute also has a clothing line and Schroeder hosts a podcast and was on a national tour.

Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations and crisis management told Showbiz Cheat Sheet Doute and Schroeder’s careers are in serious trouble. “Everything that’s happening now is being captured for both the near future and for history, and how people and brands respond could contribute to defining them for years to come,” he said.

“Both Stassi and Kristen have lost the court of public opinion, probably forever, and their upcoming paychecks will never be the same,” he added. “Issuing an apology was the right thing for Kristen and Stassi to do, but I don’t think it will be enough to regain the public’s trust,” he said. “I believe they are both at a point of no return.”

Doute is worth a reported $1 million and Schroeder about $2 million. Their net worth is likely comprised of show salaries but also their books and businesses created from the series. Schroeder’s publicist also dropped her.

Scheana Shay

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Scheana Marie is worth about $400,000 total, but that’s not all just thanks to Vanderpump Rules. First of all, she made a pretty penny after she divorced Mike Shay in 2017, but she’s also taken on a few acting gigs, released a pop single called “What I Like,” and hosts a Vegas show called “Sex Tips,” too. 

On Vanderpump Rules, she makes about $10,000 per episode. But remember that she made her Bravo debut way before Vanderpump, on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, when she was having an affair with Brandi Glanville’s ex-husband Eddie Cibrian.

Lala Kent

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Lala might be a newish face as a main cast member on Vanderpump Rules, but don’t worry, she’s doing just fine. How fine is anyone’s bet, as her net worth is a bit contested. Some people think it might be around $50,000, while others think it’s as high as $2 million. 

We have an inkling it’s closer to the former unless she just adores hostessing at SUR and doesn’t mind her side projects — starting a beauty brand and starring in sorority girl horror films — taking a backseat to her Vanderpump gig.

Tom Schwartz

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The second half of Tom Tom, Tom Schwartz is worth much less than Tom Sandoval, at a net worth total of $250,000. It’s not clear how much he makes per episode, but considering he’s one half of Tom Tom, his net worth is definitely only going to go up.

Katie Maloney-Schwartz

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Tom’s wife Katie seems to be wearing the pants in the family, sort of. Her net worth is at $300,000, but she does much more than just star on Vanderpump Rules. She also launched a lipstick line earlier this year called Pucker & Pout, and hopes to turn that into a full-fledged beauty line. 

Lisa Vanderpump

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It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that matriarch and HBIC extraordinaire Lisa Vanderpump is the wealthiest member of Vanderpump Rules with a net worth of $75 million. I mean, she’s in the name! Before branching out into her own endeavor, Lisa was a mainstay on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and is the richest of that lot too! Not bad for someone who practically owns all of West Hollywood!

Together with her husband Ken Todd, Lisa owns SUR, Villa Blanca, Pump, and now, Tom Tom. She also owns Vanderpump Dogs, a pet accessories company, groomer, and adoption agency. Oh, and when she’s not busy with all of those projects, she also started a rosé line. 

Lisa reportedly earns half a million dollars for every season of Vanderpump Rules.


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