The Real Housewives of New York City: Jill Zarin Speaks on Salary Dispute
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
It seems that a salary dispute is indeed the reason why all five of the show's original women remain unsigned for the upcoming third season of The Real Housewives of New York City. As reported last week, Kelly Bensimon is the only cast member who has been confirmed for the next season, while the rest are reportedly holding out for six-figure deals.

Jill Zarin didn't deny the cause of the holdup but explains that it's because she and the other housewives believe that they should be paid equal.

"I think that in an ensemble cast, it's hard to have demands because I think all women are the same. I think all women should be treated identically. I don't think one is more valuable than other," Zarin told Us Magazine.

"I'm not saying someone new on the show would be valued the same as someone who's been on the show three years," she added, presumably referring to newcomer Bensimon. "But I think that the cast is the cast. Take an ensemble like Friends. They felt the same way about each other, even though some became more famous than others and some were more liked. They all took care of each other, and I think that's the way it should be."

Meanwhile, casting is underway for the new cast members of the new season. However, Zarin claims she has no idea about the casting.  If someone's been hired, "I definitely don't know who she is," she said.

Zarin also remains tightlipped on whether she's returning for the new season of The Real Housewives of New York City.

"It's not up to [the editors] to amp it up, it's up to us -- if I'm back. It's up to us to just live our lives the way it is. The editors do a really good job of editing it," she said.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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