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Jill Zarin: 'The Real Housewives' stars should be paid the same


By Christopher Rocchio, 07/14/2009 

Jill Zarin feels all housewives are created equal and thus should be paid equal.

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The Real Housewives of New York City star claims a current salary dispute centered on the show's stars being compensated equally for appearing on the Bravo reality series is the reason why all five of the show's original women remain unsigned for the upcoming third season, Us Weekly reported Tuesday.

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

Last week, Bravo renewed The Real Housewives of New York City for a third season and had begun casting for additional housewives to join the reality series.

While Zarin, Alex McCord, Bethenny Frankel, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Kelly Bensimon had all been asked to reprise their The Real Housewives of New York City roles for the third season, only Bensimon signed on to actually appear because the other housewives were reportedly holding out for "six-figure deals."

"I'm not saying someone new on the show would be valued the same as someone who's been on the show three years," Zarin told Us, presumably referring to Bensimon, who joined the cast for the show's second season.

"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."

Zarin added she has "no idea" about additional casting for the show's third season.

"I definitely don't know who she is," Zarin told Us.

When asked directly if she'd be returning for the show's third season, Zarin played coy.

"You'll have to watch and see what happens," she told Us.  "I can't announce anything."

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