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'Storage Wars' Star

I Need BIG MONEY

... or I'm Off the Show!!

1/9/2012 4:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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"Storage Wars" star Dave Hester -- the "YUUUP" guy -- tells TMZ he's ready and willing to walk away from the biggest A&E reality show ever ... if the network doesn't up their "unjust" contract offer.

Hester was out in L.A. this weekend ... sporting a hat with his signature catchphrase on it ... when he told our photog he hasn't locked up a deal to return to the show next season.

The reality star explained, "Right now I'm in negotiations with A&E and I would just hope they would get away from their unjust contract negotiations ... the ball is really in their court."

He adds, "I don't know what their plans are ... but I would like to be on the show. Maybe 'Storage Wars' without Dave Hester??"

And to make matters worse ... Hester says he wasn't even invited to A&E's Christmas party.

A rep for A&E had no comment.

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106.

Richard    

Let him go. He's the most annoying person on the show, anyway.

1017 days ago
107.

Chrystal    

Good, No one wants you on the show Dave! A&E,don't give him another dime!

1017 days ago
108.

joecrabs    

Anyone care if he walks? Nooope!

1017 days ago
109.

Linda    

Get a reality check.........Leave......PLEASE!

1017 days ago
110.

RachesRules    

Ok Haters, lets be serious:
This show has type-cast these 'characters', they've even given them all a label: Darrell is the Gambler, Barry is the Collector, B&J are the Rookies, and Dave is the Mogul. Then the producers encourage them to live up to their titles. I'm sure most of the attitude that these people display is genuine, but lets face it, Dave is supposed to be the arrogant bad guy, and if he doesn't fill that role than someone else will. Personally, I think Darrell's a frickin lazy, full of crap windbag, and Jarod's just a few beers away from another mug shot. After watching Dave kiss his new puppies, I'm inclined to think his 'bad guy' role is all for show.

1017 days ago
111.

DMarie    

Nooooope.

1017 days ago
112.

Chest Rockwell    

Hester Rules. Brandi is wayyyy more condescending than Dave is, at least Hester has made something of himself in this business.

1017 days ago
113.

joe    

get rid of dave he is a jerk anyways

1017 days ago
114.

Eric    

He wants more money cause he is broke. Look at all the lockers he buys at $1,000 or more.

1017 days ago
115.

Pamela Britten    

Let him go! Along with the show.

1017 days ago
116.

bea    

GO AWAY YUUUUPP... YOU ANNOYING

1017 days ago
117.

Susan    

Thought you would like to see this!

1017 days ago
118.

D-INCARNATION    

He could be replaced with that Nambla lady

1017 days ago
119.

rdhmommy    

WOW...there are some people in out country who are worried about their next meal and if they can put gas in their car...This greedy man wants more to be annoying??? Seriously our world is going to HELL.

1017 days ago
120.

missed it again    

the show could do without this idiot. he's an arrogant ass. he needs a dose of reality himself. please proceed without him. people really just want to see Brandi's boobs and the old guy.

1017 days ago
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