Brandi Glanville was not sent a pick up letter this year. She was fired. But technically she was not fired. She completed her contract for last season and was not offered a new contract for the next season. It’s fired. But it’s not the same of showing up to Dunkin Donuts and being asked to turn in your apron. You know that every year you either get a contract or you don’t. It works the same was for teachers. If you don’t get a contract you have been “non-renewed” teachers don’t usually get fired in the middle of the school year. Brandi is trying to get some FOH money next season and has been begging to film with Yolanda. Bravo has not agreed to that. Brandi has no contract. But if Yolanda is able to film (and I expect her to), Brandi may be able to weedle her way into a small FOH appearance here and there. MAYBE. I believe she was fired for being a liability. I think they could trust her to post with Yolanda without hitting her or falling out drunk. But is it worth it to them? I dunno.
And then there is Nene. Nene, Kenya, Kandi and Cynthia all got pick up letters. The last three signed their contracts either with or without negotiations so they are all good to go according to whatever their contract says. Nene’s contract was not signed as Bravo sent it. Nene had stipulations that Bravo was not willing to meet. Whether it was over money or editorial control, or control over who she films with, she didn’t get what she wanted. The contract was probably bad. I know they have been screwing with her contracts for the past two seasons. I imagine this one included penalties for storming off the set like she did a Phaedra’s charity, the therapist, the reunion, etc and penalties for refusing to show up to the all cast scenes which she did a lot. Phaedra ALSO refused to show up at several all cast scenes, the one at Bar One with Apollo apologizing to Kenya, the therapy ones, etc. Which may be why Phaedra didn’t get a contract. Anyway, Nene’s situation is different because she did get a pick up letter, she just didn’t like the conditions they placed on her this season and Bravo refused to acquiesce.
That said, I think Phaedra, Porsha AND Claudia’s position is improved by Nene’s departure. It’s a good time to tweet Andy (don’t include me please) and ask for Claudia to come back. Andy pays a lot of attention to social media. Last I heard, Porsha, Phaedra and Claudia were still hoping to work something out and calling the executives trying to make themselves look more desirable. Phaedra may be offering to take her boys to see Apollo in prison for the cameras. Porsha may be offering to introduce us to her African prince (even though he would never be seen on camera and he dumped her long ago) or getting herself a new guy to be seen with on camera. Claudia is probably talking to them about her new NBA player boyfriend. I think all three have a shot at FOH at least. It really depends on how strong the executives think the four women who are testing now. I know that they are quite happy with some of them. As for Kim Fields, if they offered her a contract, and they probably did, she will be a tough negotiator and they still might lose her. So for now Claudia and the Ps are still in Bravo’s back pocket in case they need them.
And there is your refresher on contracts. Filming begins on RHOA next week.