Bravo is getting ready to start filming Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so of course rumors rampant that the returning ladies — Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Brandi Glanville, Kim Richards, and Yolanda Foster — want sizable raises to return for another year.

According to TMZ, the veteran housewives are refusing to sign contracts to start filming the next season of the show until they get more money. Sources tell the site that the network is close to sealing deals with everyone except Lisa after “intense” negotiations.

As for Lisa, she’s made it very clear that she’s still up in the air about returning for Season 5 after being targeted by her co-stars last year — and even her friends are encouraging her to bow out. Recently the Vanderpump Rules boss had dinner with Andy Cohen and bestie Lance Bass, with TMZ reporting that the two dudes were trying to talk her into staying on the show.

Only fueling the fire to Season 5 speculations are the recent firings of Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, both of which are officially one-hit wonders on RHOBH. No word yet on which lucky ladies will be replacing these empty slots.

Are we surprised that the returning ladies are asking for more money? Absolutely not. After all, it’s basically a Real Housewives tradition at this point.

Do you think these ladies should get more money for Season 5? Sound off in the comments below!

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