‘Sister Wives’: Kody Brown Frantic to Stay On TV – Offers Pay Cut to Stay on Air?

Sister Wives starts a new season tonight and it looks like Kody Brown stopped at nothing to keep his family’s TLC show on the air. Reportedly, he offered to take a cut in pay just to keep the TLC show going. This begs a question of why he wants to air their issues on television.

Despite all the recent problems with Kody Brown and his four wives, in new promos he seems to be a more attentive husband this season. But sources also say this doesn’t reflect the reality of what goes in when the cameras aren’t rolling. Here’s the latest scoop on what’s happening behind the scenes.

Kody Brown Playing Nice to Keep Ladies on Sister Wives?

Certainly, Sister Wives couldn’t be a show without Kody’s wives. Even one wife wouldn’t fit the bill for a show focusing on the plural marriage lifestyle. Naturally, Kody Brown needs his wives if he wants to stay on TV. But is this about money, attention, or something else?

When Season 11 of Sister Wives ended the ratings didn’t impress the folks at TLC. Reports back then said the network canceled the series much to the despair of Kody Brown. But then Kody reportedly haggled and negotiated with the basic cable network in an attempt to keep him and his wives on the air.

Five Browns for the Price of One?

According to reports, when TLC canceled the show, Kody Brown negotiated to get Sister Wives back on the air. At the time, rumor had it the grown-up Browns each took home a salary of $180,000. With five adults, Kody Brown and his four wives, Christine Brown, Meri Brown, Robyn Brown, and Janelle Brown that adds up.

If you do the math, it looks like they made just a bit under a million bucks for that season. When TLC canceled Sister Wives after season 11, Kody Brown reportedly was so desperate, he offered to do the show for the price of just one salary – for less than $200k. He urged the network to film another season.

Apparently, TLC gave Sister Wives another chance as season 12 made it to air. But after that, whispers of cancellation surfaced again. Despite the rumors, season 13 rolls out tonight.

Brown Family Out of Sync When Cameras Not Rolling?

Sister Wives interviews paint one picture while the episodes seems to depict another perspective of the Brown family. With Kody reportedly desperate to keep Sister Wives on TV, is what fans see more acting than reality? Viewers know there’s often less “reality” on reality TV than they’d like fans to know.

But it stands to reason that Kody Brown can’t star alone in a show focused on a man with many wives. Without Meri, Christine, Janelle, and Robyn, there’d be no Sister Wives show. But with cameras rolling once again TLC fanatics will soon get a glimpse of what’s happened in the lives of Kody and the wives, real or not.

If Kody Brown was eager to keep himself and his family on the air, it appears his plan worked. Sister Wives Season 13 begins tonight on TLC and airs every Sunday at 8 pm starting tonight.

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Maggie Larkin

I'm obsessed with reality TV and what people will do to get their 15 minutes of fame. I enjoy soaps and sci-fi shows as well.