RHOBH's disgraced Erika Jayne is '100% returning to show next season' – despite admitting lawyers begged her to QUIT
ERIKA Jayne is "100 percent returning to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," despite admitting her lawyers begged her to quit the show, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The scandalous star, 50, has officially signed on for Season 12 of the Bravo reality series, an insider told The Sun, after part one of the blockbuster reunion this week heavily focused on her ongoing legal drama.
The insider said: "Erika is on board for the new season and production will begin in coming days.
"It was a no-brainer. She's the most bankable star at the moment, and producers don't want to miss a minute of this scandal -which continues to unfold day by day."
"Erika still has supporters, despite her legal issues, and even those who hate her are tuning in to see this all play out on screen."
Though production usually doesn't resume for months after a season wraps,Bravo is picking right back up so they don't miss a piece of the action, the source explained.
Erika doesn't want the show to fully focus on her drama, but she "doesn't want to shy away from it" either- and hopes some of the ladies will have her back more in Season 12.
The insider said: "She hopes everything will be resolved, and people will finally start to believe her story that she's innocent in all of this."
Court documents allege Tom, 82, illegally gifted Erika more than $20 million from his law firm- though she denies it was for her, and insists she didn't know of her husband's alleged wrongdoing.
On the reunion, Andy Cohen asked Erika if her lawyers advised her to quit RHOBH after the scandal broke in December, to which she replied: "They did. And I said no, because I have nothing to hide."
The Sun has reached out to Erika's rep for comment.
Erika recently hit back at critics who called for her to be fired from the Bravo series, blasting: "Why should I be fired? Why are you presuming I've done something? Why aren't we letting the legal process play out?
"Give me a chance to defend myself. I'm ready for the challenge, watch me do it."
She admitted to Andy after losing her estranged husband's income, Real Housewives is now her main job.
BIG PAY DAY
Erika reportedly pulled in an impressive $600,000 for Season 11, according to The New York Times and could be set for a pay rise this year, after bragging she is the main draw for viewers.
"It's going to be much more next season," an insider told Us Weekly, adding that there is "no question" that Erika would use her situation to "demand a higher paycheck."
During a previous episode of the show, Erika claimed she currently has "zero dollars" to her name, while lawyers working for the trustee in the bankruptcy case have questioned how she is paying her legal team.
While talking to Kyle Richards, 52, she said: "I did read this morning that the bankruptcy trustees want to take the house and possibly evict Tom, so we'll see.
"I'm out here rebuilding my life, but girl, I have zero dollars. And by the time those trustees are done with him, there will be nothing.
"So I walk out of this with nothing. And I said that to my lawyers the other day. I said, ‘I expect nothing.’
"And one of my lawyers looked at me and said, ‘That is the most courageous thing I’ve ever heard."
"Every day brings a brand new disaster. It’s just full of f**king bulls**t."
BRAVO UNDER FIRE
Meanwhile, it was recently reported that lawyers served a subpoena to TV producers to hand over any unaired RHOBH footage of Erika.
Attorney Jay Edelson said he believes Bravo has videos that directly relates to the lawsuit he has already filed against Erika.
He told Fox News: "We believe that Bravo has hundreds of hours of unaired footage, as well as documentary evidence, which directly relates to this case.
"So far, Bravo has chosen to use the Girardi embezzlement scandal to increase ratings and make significant money for itself."
He added: "The victims have had to endure watching the ‘Real Housewives’ cast do things like eat caviar pie and drink specially-made vodka served by white-gloved staff as they pay lip service to the lives Tom has ruined.
"The victims have watched Erika cry crocodile tears as she is ‘forced’ to move into a $10,000-a-month apartment while she and her glam squad parade around in a lifestyle few of us will ever know."
Erika's ex-husband and his law firm, Girardi Keese, were previously accused of embezzling funds from multiple families who lost loved ones in a 2018 Boeing plane crash.
He was later sued by his business partners, which resulted in a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in December.
Despite claiming she was not aware of Tom’s wrongdoings, the Bravo star has found herself at the center of the legal drama.
Erika was accused of "hiding her bank statements," as a trustee's special litigation counsel confirmed that Tom's law firm transferred about $25 million to her.
The 50-year-old even created one of her businesses after news broke of the scandal, according to court documents.
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