LATEST: The four principal stars of Desperate Housewives have been given a special "thank you" gift from bosses of American TV network ABC - $250,000 (GBP131,578) each in cash.

Teri Hatcher, MARCIA CROSS, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria were reportedly given the payments after helping to make the show a runaway success since its debut last year (04).

Supporting players Nicolette Sheridan and James Denton were also given significant bonuses, while the rest of the cast received lesser amounts.

It is unclear whether the bonuses will prevent the women - who has reportedly campaigned for pay rises - from breaking their contracts.

10/02/2005 03:56