Really, Should A Public University Be Paying Jill Zarin $15,000?

We’re not sure what’s more troubling: That a public university pays “Real Housewife” Jill Zarin $15,000 to address collegians, or that she is referred to as “artist” in her appearance contract.

The "Real Housewives of New York" cast member appeared before a tiny crowd last month at the University of South Florida to talk about who knows what and sign copies of her book “Secrets of a Jewish Mother” (currently Amazon ranking: 284,686). Zarin’s appearance contract, excerpted above, guaranteed her the 15 grand, accommodations in a hotel suite, and a $100 per diem. Airfare for the 46-year-old Zarin (whose corporate alter ego is "JBZ Enterprises, LLC") was also covered by the school.

By comparison, Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, only banked $11,300 for a USF “lecture” last Wednesday. Next month, the school is shelling out $15,000 for comedian/”Daily Show” contributor Aasif Mandvi to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the “REAL Fake News.”