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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.

107 COMMENTS

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61.

Nick    

To all you hating, you aint about that life!

712 days ago
62.

Jenn    

PLEASE REPLACE THEM ALL OR JUST CANCEL THE SHOW UHH

712 days ago
63.

Christine    

Are any of these ghetto rats even still married to their Basket ball husbands? Let them walk, who gives a crap.

712 days ago
64.

Griff/45    

Yes, why not get a raise for"DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!" A reality show about people talking about each other and assulting one another, this is a fresh new concept that has only been done 65 times in the past 5 years.

712 days ago
65.

Bitch please    

Hey VH1 heres an idea cancel this lame BS "reality" c r a p. These hoes are not worth a penny. And this show B L O W S BIG!

712 days ago
66.

Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Who watches shows like these? Who? Paralysed stroke victims who can't use the remote and are stuck with the channel the night nurse put on for them three hours before?


If my day had 72 hours, I had absolutely nothing else to do and this would be the only show my TV could receive, I still wouldn't watch that garbage...

712 days ago
67.

Eric     

Don't budge into these Gold Diggers. Let them walk and never get back.

711 days ago
68.

SammyG    

Ok lol now where's Donald trump when you need him? lol

711 days ago
69.

Kiki    

Did we send them,the door is wide open. get to stepping. They all haters and very jealous of each other.

711 days ago
70.

zodmyster    

I personally don't watch the show (and have no plans to) but I'm pretty sure they get paid handsomely for whatever it is that they do...and honestly would they be missed if rhey walked

710 days ago
71.

KAY    

Call VH1's bluff and make them pay up. This channel has never had millions of viewers until it started airing the BBW and shows of its nature. Never highlight the comment of an idiot w/a response!

709 days ago
72.

TheresaH    

These biatches are stupid. They are overpaid for being their ignorant, self important, obnoxious selves. Too stupid to take the money and run. No one cares THAT much about them to make such demands. They really showed what they were all about last season and I am shocked they are being asked to do another. But to demand more money? Bitch, get real! So many others deserve a blessing that these thugs take for granted. Please, please just go away.

707 days ago
73.

bau5dnn    

i find it hilarious how you people can bash the show but what led you hear in the first place? your interest in the show so please have sensible comments cuz otherwise you sound as stupid as ever

704 days ago
74.

deerucci    

Damn there are some haters on this page. I cant wait til bbw5 starts.I love it. I'm a hardcore fan of the show. Evelyn is the sexiest woman alive.

698 days ago
75.

angelia    

Who cares if they walk there are always new show's to watch!

696 days ago
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