AceShowbiz - Season 12 of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" will seemingly feature Tamar Braxton, who is now reportedly in "late stage" negotiations with Bravo. A new report suggests that the network is willing to do anything to get the "Braxton Family Values" star onboard, including giving her a huge salary.
Multiple sources at the network reveals to MTO News that should Tamar sign on the deal, she will be one of the highest paid cast members. While it's definitely a good thing for the singer, NeNe Leakes seemingly will not be thrilled about the news. It is said that Bravo is planning to use NeNe's salary for Tamar.
"Nene was scheduled to make $5 million this season, but she's 'suspended' for the first half of the season, so the show will only have to pay her $2.5 million," says an insider. The insider further claims that the network is going to use the $2.5 million that they save on NeNe to pay Tamar to join the show.
According to a source, that is such a "brilliant" idea. "You can add Tamar to the cast, keep Nene for half the season and not have to increase the budget," adds the source.
This is allegedly why NeNe has yet to reach an agreement for her contract with Bravo. It is resulting in her not joining other cast members who have started filming for the next season.
"NeNe is disappointed to not be filming right now but it's really important for her to be compensated fairly," a source close to the Bravo production previously said to HollywoodLife.com. "After all, she's an OG Housewife and knows her worth and won't settle for what doesn't work contractually for her."
According to the source, the 51-year-old reality TV star "loves the show and the platform it creates, so she's really hopeful that everything will get worked out. To hear otherwise is hurtful." It was also said that "it has nothing to do with anything other than business and she's hoping to that the business side gets worked out ASAP and she can begin filming."
"Both sides want to make this work. NeNe does not want to leave the show, but she also knows her worth and value she brings not just to 'Real Housewives of Atlanta', but the 'Housewives' franchise as a whole," continued the insider.