SOUTHERN Charm stars are set for a huge pay hike for the upcoming season.
The raise comes amid a delay to filming the 7th season of the Bravo show, which is in “crisis mode” according to RadarOnline on Thursday.
The top four stars of the show were all given a raise of $5,000 per episode, which amounts to a whopping $80,000 raise, as they cashed in on the drama following Thomas Ravenel’s departure.
The upcoming “do or die” season sees the show securing Kathryn Dennis, Cameran Eubanks, Shep Rose and Craig Conover for $480,000 for the 16 episode season, the source told Radar.
Their insider claimed that producers of the hit show warned the cast about the strings tied to their raises.
“Season 7 is a do or die season for the show, they have to deliver,” the source said the stars were told.
The new season’s filming was delayed until January 2020, as previously reported, as producers searched for fresh faces to fill the void left by Ravenel’s firing.
“Without Thomas they need the drama to come back.”
Thomas, 57, left the show after he was hit with allegations of sexual assault.
“Producers are desperate. They reached out to some of his relatives about being on the next season,” a source previously told Radar.
“Thomas’ cousin, Lee Ravenel, was approached to be on the show, but he declined,” the source added.
The cash boost for the stars is an incentive to create new drama.
“They have to deliver,” a source told Radar.
Ravenel was central to ratings’ success when the custody battle between him and his baby mama Kathryn hit a peak.
The former couple agreed to 50/50 legal custody of their two children, Kensington, five, and Saint, three – on November 1.
Ravenel is responsible for paying child support to Dennis, in addition to the weekly salary of a full-time nanny.
He previously gained temporary custody of the kids after Dennis had tested positive for marijuana use in 2016.
Neither parent is allowed to show the children Bravo’s Southern Charm – the reality show where the couple found fame – and neither of them are allowed to have a romantic partner stay between the hours of 11pm to 7am when the kids are around.