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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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31.

vtajen    

PLEASE, for the sake of humanity....WALK ALREADY!!! Put us all out of our misery and take these 15 minutes away from these stupid people

672 days ago
32.

Phoenix1    

These crappy shows with women making fools of themselves are a dime a dozen. Let them walk!!!!!

672 days ago
33.

AnnaMarieS    

WIVES??? Hahaha Since when are "girlfriends " and "ex-wives " considered Wives?? They are ALL riding on the coattails of the athletes that have slept and socialized with. For the ones who are mothers with the exception of Shaunie, I considered them terrible role models for their children.

672 days ago
34.

Jordan    

Let them go the show can always find new wives,

672 days ago
35.

Chase    

Fire them. They're nobodies.

672 days ago
36.

myopinion    

None of them are wives get rid of them and bring in real wives that have class NOT TRASH!

672 days ago
37.

C4    

BEST NEWS I've seen all day! HOPEFULLY we can get More MUSIC-Themed Shows added to the lineup!

I mean Mtv already changed their name from "music television" to "Mindless Television" or "Moron Television" so I hope Vh1 continues to Stand their ground and Replace These Hoes with a better SHOW!

672 days ago
38.

PussySoGood    

Whose married?? They should call them BASKETBALL EXES.. Nextttttt

672 days ago
39.

Whatever1    

Can you say thirsty.

672 days ago
40.

Soamazing    

The show can find a new cast lickety split. Dime a dozen comes to mind. Just as they were sleeping with BBallers the next one is too. Not wives, just chick who've been in the sack, like 1000's. Set em free! New cast. Less money for the same drama. Freshin it up. Peace. Dueces. Poof. Get about that life. Kick rocks. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Keep it movin. Chao. All that.

672 days ago
41.

Svielma    

Walk...

672 days ago
42.

versatiley    

I thought we had petitioned this trash to be OFF tv already!!!!

672 days ago
43.

versatiley    

I thought we petitioned for this trash to be OFF tv! What the hellll?? STAR JONES! SECURITY! SECURITYYYY!!

672 days ago
44.

joecrabs    

Please don't walk from the show!! RUN from the show. Run far, far away and don't look back. VH1 could replace them all with mannequins and no one would notice.

672 days ago
45.

ME of course!!!    

WALK,WALK, WALK !!!! I DARE YOU !!! YA"LL ARE WASHED UP !!!

672 days ago
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