A cast shake-up is coming for Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” We’re told that original cast member Jacqueline Laurita is out, as well as longtime star Kathy Wakile.RELATED: Kathy Wakile and Her Family Battle for Children's Brain Tumor Awareness
Insiders say that Laurita — who has been a fixture on the show since it premiered back in 2009 — is departing after the network declined to cough up as much per episode as she had hoped for. “She’s really highly paid,” an insider told Page Six.
Meanwhile, sources say Wakile — who had been a member of the main cast for three seasons before becoming a part-timer last season — is disappointed to learn that she won’t be back at all for Season 8, we hear. Laurita’s departure means that Teresa Giudice will be the only member of the team to have appeared in all eight seasons of the hit show — no small feat considering that she spent one of them in prison.
It was recently reported that the series’ controversial star Danielle Staub — who appeared in the first two seasons — is to make a return.
Bravo declined to comment.