Kandi Burruss Reacts to Kenya Moore Exposing Her 'RHOA' Salary (2023)

Kandi Burruss' bag is secured, and that's all she wants you to know about her finances.

"Oh gosh, I don't think it's appropriate for you to talk about what you're getting paid," the Real Housewives of Atlanta star tells ET. "You know what I'm saying?"

Kandi was forced to weigh in, though, after her RHOA co-star, Kenya Moore, went on The Wendy Williams Show and declared Kandi to be the "HBIC" of their city. She told the talk show host, "Kandi makes the most money, OK? So, if I was coming for anybody's purse and bag it would be Kandi's." This came after Wendy declared NeNe Leakes the "top biller" on the show; Kandi has actually appeared in more episodes, and in more seasons, than NeNe at this point.

"I'm not going to confirm neither here nor there," Kandi says of Kenya's claims. "What I will say is, I've seen what the blogs said for years, and they've never had my salary right, OK?"

Various Bravo-themed blogs claim that Kandi makes as much as $2 to $3 million for a season of the series.

"When I see those reports that will come out about how much each person makes on the show, I'm like, 'Who's giving them this information?'" she asks. "Like, who's really sending it in to say, 'Oh, this person makes…' I know I'm not telling anybody how much I make!"

"Bravo has treated me well, as well as they treat everybody well on this show," she adds. "They take care of us and I'm happy with what they pay me and I'm leaving it at that. I do not care about what everybody else gets paid, so then I don't want them to care what I get paid."

Kandi said she did have words with Kenya after her Wendy appearance, but it was all in good fun.

"I was like, 'Girl! What?!' and she's just, like, 'Well…' She thought it was funny," Kandi recalls. "She was like, 'Well, I just need to let 'em know!' I was like, 'Hey, man, I'm staying out of that.'"

Kenya's comments came, naturally, with some shade toward NeNe, whom some fans speculated was having second thoughts about returning to the series once she learned that Kenya had signed her contract to return after taking off season 11. Kenya only made one cameo appearance last year at an event thrown by Cynthia Bailey, much to NeNe's chagrin. The OG Housewife admitted to feeling "blindsided" by Kenya's return and, essentially, ended her friendship with Cynthia over it. Kandi, though, actually takes credit for bringing Kenya back around the group.

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"I didn't even think it was gonna turn left like that," she admits. "I just really wanted Kenya to show her face. My whole goal with that situation was thatI did not want us to go a whole season and the fans never got a chance to see Kenya pregnant. That didn't make sense to me. I'mlike, Kenya, all these years we've been invested in her, finding love, having a baby and here it is, she's pregnant and the fans are not gonna see her one time?"

"I mean, I really didn't take into consideration other people's feelings, I guess," she adds. "But it is what it is."

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NeNe ultimately decided to come back to the show, which she told ET earlier this month she considers "her baby." In that same chat, NeNe addressed her issues with Kenya and the other women on the cast, saying, "These girls, to me, all seem to want to be the queen, or the one that everybody thinks of when they say, 'Housewives.' I don't think that that's possible. I think there's one queen and there's a lot of princesses."

"You know, that's that ego thing," Kandi says, in response to the "princesses" comment. "Me, personally -- and don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to claim 'the queen' -- I feel like everybody on this show is a queen."

"This show cannot happen if there wasn't multiple stories that people cared about," she explains. "You cannot do a whole entire show by yourself. And that's why you don't see everybody with their own shows or whatever, 'cause you have to have a crew of people that has personality and different things going on outside of yourself to carry a show. One person can't carry it. So, with that being said, much love to her. I'm glad she's here, but I would never say that there is one queen and a whole bunch of princesses because those two episodes went along just fine, people tuned in and life went on."

Kandi is referencing the first two episodes of RHOA's current season, which featured no scenes with NeNe, who also did not appear at all in season 9of the show, and only made a guest appearance in season 8.

"And, actually, those seasons were really good, apparently," Kandi says, noting the high ratings of those years, which included the heated drama between Kandi and co-stars Porsha Williams and Phaedra Parks, who spread defamatory lies about Kandi. Phaedra exited the show at the end of season 9, and in the years since, Kandi and Porsha have worked to repair their relationship. They hit a speedbump last year when Kandi confronted Porsha with information she had learned about her then-boyfriend, now fiancé, Dennis McKinley.

"Oh, after last year, I said I wasn't saying anything else about anything that I've heard, especially not dealing with the Porsha and the Dennis situation," Kandi admits. "She obviously did not take it very well from me last season and, you know, I just said, I don't want us to continue to have drama. Like, that was starting to annoy me, that she and I just became the drama every year, all of sudden, you know, in the last few years prior to now."

Helping Kandi on her new mission with Porsha was the fact that, she says, she had no idea about the dramatic developments in Porsha and Dennis' relationship. At the start of the season, the pair's engagement was off after allegations of infidelity surfaced. They've since reconciled, a journey that will play out over the course of the season. Kandi says she just aimed to be there for Porsha as a cheerleader as much as possible.

"I really wanted her to focus more on her and getting her groove back," she shares. "She just wasn't being her normal self, so she really wasn't getting made up. I had seenher [and] she didn't have on heels, she didn't have her makeup on. I was like, who are you? That wasn't the girl I know! The Porsha that I know is normally, you know, glam and heels and all of that. And so, my whole point to her was, do not let whatever is happening in the relationship get you down, because the bottom line is, you are a mother now, you may or may not be doing this journey as a single mom, who knows? But you still got to pull it together and get your groove back! Get your groove back! Keep your career on point."

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Kandi admits this season is largely focused on the women's individual dramas, as every single cast member seemed to be going through something major this year. Kandi is currently expecting her third child, via surrogate, and balancing the launch of at least six new business ventures with her husband, Todd Tucker, including Kandi Koated Cosmetics. But, she says, don't worry. There's still lots going down with the group; Kandi says things get heated enough for the ladies to get physical "a couple times."

"I always say, they have too many drinks," Kandi quips. "Some of them start talking too much when they drink. Some of them get kind of mean when they drink and, so, I always say I'm glad I don't drink, 'cause if this is what's going down when you're drinking, oh…"

"But the girls and their drama is so funny," she adds. "It's, like, new drama, new drama! It's not the old stuff being rehashed. It's new stuff. And then, you're gonna get to see, people are gonna be put on blast this year. You know, I love when people tell lies, or little fibs, and then they go back and play the footage on them. Oh, that's gonna happen multiple times this year!"

Kandi also promises that "friends of" the cast Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam are just as much in the mix as the full-time 'Wives. In fact, Kandi admits she's not sure why Marlo isn't holding a peach at this point!

"She has a lot happening in her life right now, which we will still see it," she teases. "And I think it's gonna be good TV."

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. Watch the video above for more with Kandi, including her reaction to NeNe telling ET she's never gotten physical on the show.

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How much does Kandi get paid for RHOA? ›

Kandi Burruss is the highest-paid housewife on Bravo

Brian Moylan revealed in his 2021 book The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives that The Chi star is the highest-paid. She reportedly earns nearly $2 million a season.

How much did Phaedra get paid on RHOA? ›

$1.3 Million Per Season (The Real Housewives Of Atlanta)

Phaedra Parks came on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in season 3 but in a lot of ways, she feels like a part of the original cast in season 1.

How much does Kenya Moore make on RHOA? ›

Kenya Moore makes $500,000 per season of RHOA as per Radar Online. Radar Online reports that Kenya was making $1.5M in season 10 and took a $1M pay cut for season 12. She was demoted to 'guest' of the cast during season 11. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Kenya has a net worth estimated at $800,000.

How much money does Kandi Burruss make per episode? ›

Kandi Burruss is believed to be the highest-paid cast member. Her RHOA salary is estimated at $2.3 million per episode. The RHOA star has been part of the main cast since its second season in 2009. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Kandi Burrus financial worth is $30 million.

How much did Nene make on RHOA per episode? ›

Nene Leakes

Leakes reportedly made $100,000 per episode throughout Season 11, bringing her salary up to $2.3M. She is expected to make “just a bit more” next season.

Who is the highest-paid actress on Atlanta housewives? ›

Kandi Burruss, the star of Bravo's “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” is reportedly the highest-paid housewife on the network.

What is Cynthia Bailey's salary? ›

Cynthia Bailey (Season 3 – 13)

Cynthia is also one of the few Housewies who's been married twice on the show. Her first wedding to Peter Thomas aired in season 3, while her wedding to Mike Hill was a storyline in season 13. According to Radar Online, Cynthia is paid $1.8 million per season.

What is Porsha Williams net income? ›

Porsha Williams Stewart Net Worth
Net Worth:$400 Thousand
Date of BirthJun 22, 1981 (41 years old)
Place of BirthAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
ProfessionTelevision personality, businesswoman, actress

Who pays for the vacations on RHOA? ›

Andy has revealed that the network pays for part of the cost of the exotic trips the Housewives take on the show, but that ultimately it's a combination between the network and the 'wives. Housewives can pay to upgrade accommodations.

Is Kandi Burruss a billionaire? ›

Kandi Burruss is not a billionaire.

How Much Does Lisa Rinna get paid for real housewives? ›

Other Housewives who are also paid close to $500k include Lisa Rinna, who is paid $450k per episode, and Erika Jayne who also reportedly makes $500k.

Where did Marlo get her money? ›

The internet says that she got money by investing in real estate, after dating CNN boss and billionaire Ted Turner for five years; he supposedly gave her some investing advice. She also has her boutiques and a wig line, buuuuut, one or two small businesses does not an (extreme) fortune make.

Which Housewives show has the highest ratings? ›

The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

It's one of the highest-rated installments of the franchise as well as the most-watched series on the Bravo network.

What is Sheree whitfields net worth? ›

While the mansion is worth millions, Whitfield's net worth isn't quite into 7-digit territory yet; according to Celebrity Net Worth, her net worth was estimated at $800,000 as of 2022.

How much does Kyle Richards get paid for real housewives? ›

Interestingly, Celebrity Net Worth reports that Kyle brings in $270,000 per season.

How much does Eva Marcille make per episode? ›

While Eva will only be a "part-time Housewife," theJasmineBrand.com reports she will rake it nearly $100,000 per episode. That is some serious coins, but why isn't she a full-time cast member?

How does Phaedra make her money? ›

She's a licensed funeral director and mortician, and according to Page Six, she described the business as “booming" back in 2020.

How much does Melissa Gorga make per season? ›

Melissa Gorga: US$3 million

This fortune presumably comes from her more than 10 years on the show (reportedly bagging an impressive US$750,000 per season) as well as the fruits of her other professional labours, including a New Jersey fashion boutique called Envy By Melissa Gorga.

How much does Marlo make on Real Housewives of Atlanta? ›

Marlo herself is far from being broke, and she has an estimated net worth of $600,000 as of 2018. According to Ebony, Marlo is set to make $100,000 for the scenes she filmed in Season 12. She makes less than her co-stars because she is not technically a full-time housewife, and has always been in the "friend" role.

Who is the wealthiest of all the housewives? ›

One of the richest Housewives to rule them all is none other than Lisa Vanderpump, the matriarch of the Vanderpump family and former cast member of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.

What is Grace Kennedy salary? ›

GraceKennedy Salaries
Job TitleSalary
Marketing Consultant salaries - 1 salaries reported$78,133/yr
Administrative Assistant salaries - 1 salaries reported$40,880/yr
Customer Experience Specialist salaries - 1 salaries reported$41,944/yr
Customer Experience salaries - 1 salaries reported$48,995/yr
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What is porsha baby daddy Dennis net worth? ›

Dennis McKinley net worth: Dennis McKinley is an American businessman and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $10 million.

What is Cynthia net worth? ›

Cynthia Bailey is a model and reality star on the television show Real Housewives of Atlanta who earned her net worth through her career as a professional model with Wilhelmina modeling agency. The cover of Essence Magazine was her first booking. As of November 2022, Cynthia Bailey's net worth is $2.5 Million.

What is Falynn guobadia net worth? ›

She's a socialite, businesswoman, and model who has been getting to her own bag for quite some time. Talk on social media may make it seem that Falynn was dependent on Simon, but the bombshell has an impressive net worth. According to Reality TitBit, Falynn is working with a net worth of $2 million.

Do the real housewives buy their own clothes? ›

The Housewives don't borrow clothes—luxury brands won't lend to them—and they don't rent the runway. To keep up appearances, they're buying their Alexis Carrington Colby finery at their own expense. To quote Dolly Parton, it costs a lot of money to look that cheap.

Who is the richest housewife on girls trip? ›

Jill Zarin – $20million

And the richest of all the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip season two is New York Housewife Jill Zarin. Jill is an original New York Housewife who was fired after season four.

How much money did Peter take from Cynthia? ›

Back when Cynthia and Peter were still together, you might remember Bar One shutting down because the building went into foreclosure. When that happened, Cynthia supposedly loaned Peter $170,000 to help secure a new location in Atlanta for the nightclub. He had 36 months to make it happen, but it never did.

Are Phaedra and Kandi still friends? ›

If you remember, Phaedra and Kandi were really close friends on RHOA, however, it came to an end when Kandi found out that it was Phaedra who started that rumor about her and her husband, Todd Tucker, wanted to drug and rape former co-star Porsha Williams.

How many businesses Kandi Burruss own? ›

And, she and her husband own two restaurants.

"On Kandi & the Gang you're gonna get plenty of laughter because my family and the people that work in my restaurant, they are all like walking comedians," she told E! News.

Who is richer Kyle or Kathy Hilton? ›

What Is Kathy Hilton's Net Worth? How The 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Star Makes Money. Spoiler: She's worth more than her sister Kyle and co-star Erika Jayne combined.

How much does Kim Richards make per season? ›

Kim Richards Net Worth
Net Worth:$400 Thousand
Salary:$100 Thousand Per Season
Date of Birth:Sep 19, 1964 (58 years old)
Height:5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
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What is the net worth of Nene? ›

Nene Leakes Net Worth
Net Worth:$14 Million
Date of Birth:Dec 13, 1967 (54 years old)
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.778 m)
Profession:Actor, Film Producer, Television producer
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Why is Teresa Giudice rich? ›

Teresa Is a Successful Author

The reality star has published a whopping seven books since she became a household name — and she has even been on the New York Times bestsellers list for four of the titles.

Did Marlo get lipo? ›

Marlo continued to shrug off the speculation, adding, “I've been showing off... the lipo doctor did an amazing job.” She also explained that she had little to hide.

Are porsha and Marlo still friends? ›

After a virtual fan asked Marlo if she and Porsha were "still not on great terms," the newly minted peach holder replied in the above clip, "You know what? I haven't spoken [to] or seen Porsha. So, we're fine."

Is Marlo still friends with Nene Leakes? ›

Fans were saddened to learn that the former best friends have not had any communication since Nene's departure after Season 12 of the hit Bravo show.

Who are Andy's favorite Housewives? ›

Andy has named Kandi as one of the housewives he's closest with and despite some fans thinking she's boring, she has remained the longest-running housewife on her franchise.

Who is the most popular housewife ever? ›

Officially, the report's top five most successful housewives include:
  • Porsha Williams.
  • Kandi Burruss.
  • Bethenny Frankel.
  • Erika Jayne.
  • Kyle Richards.
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How much is Tanya Sam Worth? ›

As of July 2021, Tanya Sam has a net worth of around $41 million.

What is Andy Cohens net worth? ›

He has also hosted several beauty pageants, such as 'Miss USA' and 'Miss Universe. ' His autobiography, 'Most Talkative,' emerged as a 'New York Times Best Seller. As of November 2022, Andy Cohen's net worth is approximately $50 Million.

What has Madison iseman net worth? ›

She has made a Net worth of $7 million in 2022. The world's best American actress “Madison Iseman” has a net worth of $7 Million. According to various online resources (Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDB), the most popular American actress Madison Iseman's estimated net worth is around $7 Million.

How much did NeNe make on RHOA? ›

NeNe Leakes

Because of NeNe's fame and Real Housewives image, she was earning $2.8 million per season, according to The Things, when she was on her final stretch of the franchise.

Who's the richest housewife of Beverly Hills? ›

Diana Jenkins Is The Richest 'RHOBH' Cast Member—And She Knows It
  • She's a Bosnian refugee. ...
  • One of her first jobs was clerking at Covent Garden. ...
  • She bought Melissa Obadash swimwear. ...
  • She was married to one of Britain's 500 wealthiest men. ...
  • She pulls in some money from her company Neuro.
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What is Don Juan Kandi assistant net worth? ›

DonJuan's net worth

Due to his three very successful businesses, according to PopularBio, Don is worth approximately $800,000. This fortune comes from his business endeavours and his savvy mindset.

Does DonJuan still work for Kandi? ›

DonJuan has appeared on RHOA from time to time since he is a member of Kandi's inner circle; he works as the general manager at Kandi Koated Entertainment and is the administrative manager at Old Lady Gang.

What's Marlo Hampton's net worth? ›

Marlo Hampton – US$600,000

Her estimated net worth, per Celebrity Net Worth, is US$600,000. Want more stories like this?

How did Phaedra Parks get rich? ›

Phaedra Parks earned her net worth as an attorney and as a managing partner of the Parks Group PC. Her law firm mainly deals with litigation and contract negotiations for entertainers, athletes, and criminal defense. Phaedra Parks is also a cast member of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

What is Nene Leakes net value? ›

Nene Leakes Net Worth
Net Worth:$14 Million
Date of Birth:Dec 13, 1967 (54 years old)
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.778 m)
Profession:Actor, Film Producer, Television producer
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