BRAVO’s about to drop a bomb on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” – and its name is KIM D!

The ENQUIRER has learned that execs at the cable TV network have been conducting top secret negotiations with Kim DePaola – the troublemaking owner of Posche boutique in Wayne, N.J. – about adding her as a full-time cast member on “RHONJ.”

Kim D is no stranger to viewers. The rabble-rousing blonde has stirred up drama with the other housewives in the past – especially Melissa Gorga. She’s also one of the few friends that Teresa Giudice has left.

“The Bravo execs haven’t told the other housewives yet due to fears they might get angry and leave the show,” a show insider told The ENQUIRER. “Right now, they’re in the final negotiations and Kim D’s deal is looking very promising.

“Bravo knows Kim D would bring some serious drama to the show, and that’s going to mean huge ratings.”

Tensions are already running high on the hit series. The housewife that everyone loves to hate, Teresa, is a virtual outcast among the other women, so the Bravo brass felt they needed to bring in an ally for her in order to level the playing field, say sources.

“The hatred that the other housewives have for Teresa is only matched by the hatred they have for Kim D,” said the source. “Melissa cannot stand Kim D, mostly because she’s gone out of her way to make unsavory comments about Melissa’s husband, Joe, and his business dealings.

“Kim D has realized the value her character has on the show, especially since Teresa’s allies have dwindled away to almost nothing. And she’s using that as leverage to hammer out her deal with Bravo.”