May 28, 2013 3:39pm PT by Michael O'Connell, Matthew Belloni
'Real Housewives' Salary Dispute: LuAnn de Lesseps Closes Deal to Return
The Real Housewives of New York City has reassembled the entire cast for the upcoming sixth season.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that countess LuAnn de Lesseps, the last remaining holdout from the salary dispute that delayed production earlier in May, has signed a contract and will rejoin production immediately. News comes just days after fellow holdout Aviva Drescher inked a deal to make herself available to cameras.
Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson and original cast member Ramona Singer had previously rejoined the series on May 9 after the week-long standoff.
A Bravo rep did not immediately respond to request for comment, but a source told THR that the latest contract on the table for de Lesseps was for a less-prominent role. The capacity of Drescher's screen time is also a decision that has yet to be made.
The Real Housewives of New York City, produced by Ricochet Television, saw nearly a six-month lapse between the fifth season and news of a renewal. Had the stars not agreed to the terms of their contract, the network was threatening to recast the entire series.
Production on the sixth season is now under way in New York City.