One of the unspoken ways celebrities get extra cash is to make personal appearances. This is the bread and butter of the reality show circuit. Brandi Glanville, for example, admitted on Howard Stern yesterday that the first season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills she made $18,000 and this last season she made almost $140,000. Her castmates, however, made $250,000 each. This is why they make every effort to shill side projects like hair glue, extensions, eyelashes, plastic satchels, and wine. In addition night clubs will pay them a fee to show up, sit in a booth, make a toast, and get pictures taken on their step and repeat. Every time you see one of these reality stars at a club in Las Vegas know that they are getting paid to be there.
Kim Kardashian was paid an estimated $600,000 to appear at Tao on New Years Eve’s in 2011. The fee was part of a large, multi-event deal. Scott Disick commands a personal appearance fee of $100,000 to $250,000 per event. Stacy Keibler used to demand $10,000 for personal appearances, but according to party planners she now charges $25,000.
Radar Online is reporting Lindsay Lohan is being offered $200,000 to make an appearance in Dubai (and all travel expenses) to promote Mr. Pink’s Ginseng Energy Drink, though she is demanding $500,000.
Perhaps most astonishing is that Paris Hilton was paid a $100,000 personal appearance this weekend to celebrate her 32nd birthday at Peek nightclub at Harrah’s Casino in Lake Tahoe. Because I am sure your idea of a good time is paying a fee to stand in a crowd at a night club in Lake Tahoe watching her fall over on stage because she’s too wasted to stand on her own skeletal legs. Also at some point don’t you need to wrap up the night club birthday celebration? She’s been doing this for at least 12 years now. Why not mix it up with some drinks and dinner on Skid Row? What about a quiet night with friends in the county jail? Just change it up a bit?
Imagine if we got paid to show up places? Can’t say that it would be very interesting on my end. You could watch me sing Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth in my maternity jeans.
Kate Casey is a Pop Culture Lover. PR Pro. Soon-to-be New mom again. Comedy nerd. Celebrity gossip fan. Follow her on Twitter @KateCasey