Lauren Conrad makes $75,000 US for each episode of MTV's hit reality show The Hills, and that has some cast members seething. (Getty Images)
Lauren Conrad makes $75,000 US for each episode of MTV's hit reality show The Hills, and that has some cast members seething. (Getty Images)

Lauren Conrad Makes Big Bucks For Being A Drama Queen

Stephanie Marcus

Published: Monday, August 25, 2008

As if Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag didn't have enough to fight about, now The Hills' leading ladies are arguing over money, reports In Touch Weekly.

It's shocking, but MTV actually shells out a lot of cash to follow around the rich, Californian, twenty-something cast of the hit "reality" show.

Conrad makes a reported $75, 000 US per episode for bringing the drama and the constant stream of mascara-covered tears rolling down her face each week. But Conrad's high salary, which greatly exceeds the rest of the cast, is making some waves with the rest of the group.

"The only reason LC gets paid more than anyone else is because she demanded in her original contract that no one could ever get paid more than her," said an insider.

Montag and boyfriend Spencer Pratt both earn a reported $65, 000 an episode, while cast mates Audrina Patridge takes home $35, 000 an episode, and Whitney Pope makes $20,000 for each show she appears in.

Lesser characters like Lauren "Lo" Bosworth and Brody Jenner make $10,000 an episode, while relative Hillian newcomer Stephanie Pratt makes $8,000 an episode, according to In Touch.

And as for Jenner's BFF Frankie Delgado, his time on the show is pure pro bono.

"The salaries are based on who people care about watching more," says a mole. "If you bring drama, you'll get more money."


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Mon, Aug 25, 08 at 02:42 PM
I don't understand how any of these people are even remotely worth that kind of money...that's more than what a lot of people with an actual job make a year. What an irony that people who are born rich get richer just by being the spoiled brats that they are.
Mon, Aug 25, 08 at 02:56 PM
why would hiedi get as much as Lauren when the show is about her she is the main character. heidi and spencer are a bunch of idiots!
Tue, Aug 26, 08 at 01:31 AM
Who are these people? What show is this?
Tue, Aug 26, 08 at 07:44 AM
As far as I see the show focuses more on LC's life and the things she does, drama or otherwise so she should be made more than any other cast member whose life is less invaded. As for the amount, obviously what they have is a product, if it values $1 million an episode then that's what they should be paid.
Tue, Aug 26, 08 at 09:15 AM
Snow Girl
Tue, Aug 26, 08 at 01:19 PM
Why condemn the cast? It's the viewers who create the $$$$ for them. If no one tuned in, the cast would get nothing. The more the viewers, the bigger the pay check. Don't get down on the cast for doing nothing but living their lives with a TV camera on their ass.
Tue, Aug 26, 08 at 02:41 PM
i wish heidi would jsut go drop dead.. does she not get the world is laughing at her? its her show... and if it weren't for lauren, none of these fake bitches would have their money made from the show. no wonder she has such a hard time finding true friends, they probably all just try to use her to stay on the show and get their cash.
Tue, Aug 26, 08 at 03:31 PM
I HATE Heidi and Spencer!!!!!!
Tue, Aug 26, 08 at 05:33 PM
I watched the Hills for the first time last night. Waste of my time and big waste of money to pay these people. None of them are interesting, none of them do anything important and none of them need the money. They have way better jobs than I can ever hope to get and I am so much more educated. Just becuase you were born rich, doesn't mean you should stay rich.
Tue, Aug 26, 08 at 06:51 PM
its whitney port
Wed, Aug 27, 08 at 04:54 AM
heidi is blinded by that ugly guy she calls a boyfriend
Wed, Aug 27, 08 at 04:55 AM
lc is great
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