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'Basketball Wives' to VH1

Pay Up

Or We Walk

11/17/2012 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1117-suzie-tami-evelyn-shaunie-gettyThe "Basketball Wives" are drawing a clear line in the sand for the network execs -- either up their salaries or they'll walk ... this according to sources connected with the show.

We're told filming began last week for the 5th season ... but Shaunie O'Neal, Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman and Suzie Ketcham do NOT have locked contracts.

According to our sources, the "Wives" are in the process of renegotiating their contracts and they all want major pay raises, claiming the show does quite well for the network.

Our sources say VH1 is refusing to pony up more cash. We're told before filming started, execs made it clear that salary increases would not happen and if any cast member had a problem with that ... they could be replaced. 

Despite the deadlock, we're told production schedules were sent out and the girls began filming in hopes a deal would be worked out shortly. So far, a deal has not been reached and neither side is budging ... so we're told the "Wives" are planning to walk out next week if VH1 can't agree to the terms.

Calls to VH1 have not been returned.

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sum dum jerq    

Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk Let them walk

682 days ago
17.

sgm    

Promise!

682 days ago
18.

w    

Never watched it really, Im confused with the shows actually, I think they have another one with a bunch of black women, anyhoo, Greed makes me sick so if they walk replace them VHI and I may occasionally stop on your channel to watch

682 days ago
19.

KnuckleDragger    

I feel the "Twinkie" death coming. You know, somebody asks for too much and they just turn out the lights. That's right...I'm pissed. I really liked a Hostess Orange Cupcake once in awhile. Even a Coconut Sno Ball when I was stoned. Freakin' unions!!

682 days ago
20.

brent    

Is killing them an option?

682 days ago
21.

Carl E    

Don't let all that talent get away?

682 days ago
22.

Pelon1    

Oh no. How will I live.....

682 days ago
23.

Gemini    

Don't their husband make enough money? Get real jobs!!!

682 days ago
24.

john    

Buh Bye..... Hags

682 days ago
25.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

O well

682 days ago
26.

BOB    

LET THEM EAT TWINKIES,,,,,,FIRE THEM ALREADY,,,,,,,NEVER WATCHED THIS CRAPPY SHOW,,,,

682 days ago
27.

Simone    

HAHA! Buh~bye!
Girls.... don't go away mad ~ just go the f*ck away.

682 days ago
28.

BOB    

VH1,,,YOUR JUST AS BAD AS MTV,,,,,NO MUSIC VIDEOS,,,JUST STUPID CRAP YOU THINK WE LIKE,,,,FIRE THE EXECUTIVES OF VH1 ,,,,AND THERE WRITERS,,,,OH YOU DONT HAVE ANY WRITERS NOW,,,,REALITY SHOWS ARE F@CKED UP,,,,,,

682 days ago
29.

Kim    

Who cares?!? Does anyone actually watch this show?!?

682 days ago
30.

DV    

Fire all of them!

682 days ago
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