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RHONY star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps works for free to prove worth to BravoTV

Will work for fame.
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All of the employment and finance blogs advise that if you are out of work, one of the best things to do is to volunteer in the industry you would like to work in. Apparently that goes for show business veterans also. According to a story in Radar Online today, Real Housewives of New York City (RHONY) star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps is not getting paid for being on the show this season.

The height of de Lesseps’ popularity on the show peaked around 2010. She was the toast of the town with her book on etiquette “Class with the Countess”. And at almost every high society party she attended the guests would beg her to sing her hit single “Money Can’t Buy You Class”. But over the last few years things began to change.

Viewers got caught up in the burlesque-tinged escapades of naughty girl around town Sonja Morgan. Fans of the show complained about the crazed shenanigans of Ramona Singer, but couldn’t seem to tear their eyes and ears away from her high-pitched tantrums. Over the last few years these two became the stars of the show, especially after the exit of the much-loved Bethenny Frankel, who left to star in her own reality show spinoff “Bethenny Ever After”.

So over time de Lesseps showed up on RHONY less and less. Radar Online sources report that the search is on for new cast members for the show. They claim that the reason de Lesseps is working for free is to prove that she is still relevant and can contribute excitement to the storylines. She is up against newest and youngest cast member Kristen Taekman, 36. Taekman’s story highlights the struggles of being considered “old” in the modeling industry where some of her competitors are up-and-coming teens.

de Lesseps is trying to prove herself worthy of keeping up the drama and pulling in the ratings. Even though she is volunteering her services for the present, this season has seen her sharing more of her on-and-off again relationship with the young Frenchman, Jacques Azoulay. She is also having more vicious fights with her longtime dear friends, Singer and Morgan. De Lesseps is determined to earn her keep and maybe an actual salary in the near future.

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