I was on huge Netflix reality show but got paid under minimum wage – I can’t afford a house or a car | The Sun
14th August 2023

BLING Empire star Kevin Kreider has revealed that he got paid under minimum wage to take part in the reality show – and now can't afford a house or car.

The 39-year-old appeared on the three series of the American programme between 2021 and 2023.

Bling Empire was axed this year after its third season.

The streaming service described it as following "a wildly wealthy group of Asian and Asian American friends (and frenemies) in Los Angeles".

But despite showing off their lavish lifestyles on our screens – Kevin has revealed that the pay cheque didn't live up to that.

Kevin told MailOnline: "UPS workers were paid more than I was, and they have benefits. That's how little we got paid."

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He added: "I heard how much a friend of mine was making for a pilot and he wasn't even the main lead, yet he made more than I did in a whole season of Bling Empire.

"I worked my ass off for Bling. I mean, I was literally filming almost every day.

"We had to be available for almost a whole year. I dragged my ass to like a three, six-hour interviews.

"So, when you put the hours together, I worked probably lower than minimum wage."

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In the US, UPS drivers earn approximately $18 per hour.

This has meant that he's not been able to buy his own property.

Kevin confessed: "I can't buy a home in Los Angeles, I still have to rent.

"I don't even have a car because I chose to live in a nicer apartment. It was either downgrade and rent a studio and have a car or have a nicer one bedroom and not have a car.

"I still have friends picking me up driving me in places, you know, like, it's not all that great."

Back in 2021 Kevin dropped a luxury Cartier ring in the ocean just moments after receiving the pricey gift from his co-star Christine Chiu.

Kane Lim shared what had happened on Instagram while they were partying on a yacht.

Kane noted in the clip how Kevin "dropped his Cartier into the ocean" and he could be heard laughing in the video as he yelled "Kevin!" reported Asia One.

Meanwhile, Kevin appeared to be upset and frustrated as his ring sank and said: "That was the only Cartier I got."

Kevin is a huge name on Instagram.

The TV star boast 596k followers on the platform and loves sharing posts about his business ventures.

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