We all know LOGO, the gay cousin of MTV, doesn’t have much cash on hand to wield much programming might. Remember the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race? I’m pretty sure producers World of Wonder lit the stage with flashlights. Then there are the rumors of LOGO spending a whopping $10,000 to pick up an entire season of gay comics Jeffery Self and Cole Escola’s Jeffery & Cole Casserole — which doesn’t cost much to produce, but still, them’s be slave wages for all the hours they put in. So you shouldn’t expect the stars of The A-List: New York, whose colon scares me into thinking they plan to duplicate this series around the nation, to be making bank on their reality show endeavors. And they aren’t.
They’re making a whopping $1,250. For the whole season, according to Michael Musto.
But only “model-slash-actor-slash-waiters” actually sign on to reality television shows to earn some cash. Real ambitious types know reality TV is just one big commercial for their other endeavors. Like Reichen Lehmkuhl’s jewelry line (whose sales he directly profits from each unit moved) or his stage performances (which he doesn’t). Or photographer and non-materialist Mike Ruiz, who could use the show to bump up his fees — though he’s already had plenty of reality TV exposure, including on LOGO.
For the other relatively unknowns castmates — like model (and Reichen’s bf) Rodiney Santiago, modeling agent Derek Lloyd Saathoff, and hair salon owner Ryan Nickulas — starring on The A-List should bring about the same spoils as Bravo’s Real Housewives enjoy.
No, not Kodak endorsement deals, but invites to B-list fashion events. At least they’ve got open bar?