Jill Zarin on Salary Dispute: We Should All Be Paid the Same

Entertainment Jul. 14, 2009 AT 9:41AM
Jill Zarin Jill Zarin attends "The Wendy Williams Show" Launch Party at The Gates on July 13, 2009 in New York City. Credit: Brian Ach/WireImage.com

Last week, it was reported that Kelly Bensimon is the only reality star who has signed up for next season's Real Housewives of New York.

The rest are reportedly holding out for six-figure deals. Asked about the salary demands, Zarin told Usmagazine.com: "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."

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"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 said - presumably referring to newcomer Bensimon - at a launch party for the Wendy Williams Show Monday in NYC. "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." Asked if she's coming back, Zarin told Us, "You'll have to watch and see what happens. I can't announce anything."

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Bravo has confirmed it is "casting for additional housewives" for next season amid reports about the salary dispute. But Zarin told Us she has "no idea" about casting. If someone's been hired, "I definitely don’t know who she is," she said.

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Given the recent table-flipping drama on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, how will editors spice things up next season? Said Zarin: "It's not up to them 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."

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