Looks like it pays to be a bartender for Lisa Vanderpump!
Her hit Bravo spin-off, "Vanderpump Rules," is well into its fourth season, chronicling the dramatic and entertaining lives of the staff at her restaurant SUR in West Hollywood, California. The show follows the young servers and bartenders Los Angeles escapades, focusing on ten main characters.
One of those characters, Tom Sandoval, is currently in some real life trouble with his agent, according to TMZ. While it's unclear whether or not this drama will make it to television screens, Tom's agent filed documents that allege he was underpaid for his services. Peter Young, who owns STG talent agency, claims he helped Tom nab his 5 year contract with the show, and failed to receive his 10 percent of Tom's earnings.
The most notable thing in the filing? By asserting these claims, Peter is dishing on just how much the SUR employees are making on top of their restaurant wages. Peter asserts that Tom's first two seasons on the successful Bravo series netted him $38,000. The agent disputes that he has a right to 10 percent of that amount, but only received $1,300.
It seems the salary for the show was pretty paltry in the beginning, equating to a little over $1,400 per episode for Tom. The amount seems rather low, considering Tom was one of the main fixtures in the series' drama. His relationship with co-star, and former SUR waitress Kristen Doute, became a major storyline in the first season. Their subsequent breakup, and Tom's new romance with fellow SUR bartender Ariana Madix, continued to fuel most of the drama in the second and third seasons.
But don't fret for the SUR wait staff quite yet. Peter speculates that Tom renegotiated his "Vanderpump Rules" contract without him following the first two seasons, and has considerably amped up his paycheck. The agent reveals that he hears Tom makes $15,000 per episode now.
The labor commission seems to agree with Peter's claims, and has ordered Tom to pay up the 10 percent he owes on his original earnings. Tom is currently appealing that decision.
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