Back in December, site The Daily Mail posted an “exclusive” that claimed tensions were high between the ladies of The Real behind-the-scenes due to salary disputes. Specifically, they cited a source “close to the show” who claimed Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Houghton were particularly upset. Reportedly, the two highest paid co-hosts, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Loni Love (there are claims that they annually take home $2.5 million and $950,000 for the show compared to the $200,000 Mai and Houghton allegedly make), wouldn’t help them fight for a pay raise. The source claimed things were in such a rough state, there were threats of a possible walkout. They even tried to say that the uncomfortable moment between Mai and Mowry-Housley a few months back during a conversation about the sexuality of Sesame Street characters was due to the pay discrepancy drama. The source also claimed that ratings jumped while Mowry-Housley was out mourning her niece, and that Mai and Houghton used that during salary negotiations.
“Of the four hosts, Tamera has the highest salary. And while she was gone from the show, the ratings jumped,” the source claimed.
“Both girls kept saying, ‘How’s she making the most money and the show is doing better without her being here?’ That gave them the leverage they needed to justify their ask for more money.”
More than a month later, the co-hosts decided to address the story on the show. They broached the topic when discussing rumors this week.
“One that actually hurt me was one I read about us, that we were feuding and that we were walking offset because of our salaries,” Mai said. “And let me tell you, what I love about our unit is the second we heard that, we immediately got on a chain and called each other…It was so important for us to make eye contact to be like, ‘You good? Are you ok?'”
Houghton said that despite such reports, the women have been very friendly with one another and she was dumbfounded at the fact that anyone could believe such rumors.
“The crazy part is you have to ask yourself, ‘Who would believe this?'” she asked. “But sadly, people do.”
Love also jumped in the conversation to say that if people hear anything about stuff going on with the ladies, it should only be believed when it comes from one of them.
“One thing is, we all have the ability to do interviews. If you’ve ever seen an interview from me, I tell the truth. I tell what’s on my mind, sometimes I tell the truth too much. The same thing with these other ladies,” she said. “So if you’re hearing of a source about this show? No. It will be coming from us. We will tell you right here on this show if there’s an issue.”
As for Mowry-Housley, who reportedly takes home the biggest check, she didn’t say much concerning the topic. You can check out the ladies’ response to everything below: