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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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1jeanine    

I also love the show

577 days ago
77.

Peace-    

These are live soap operas mixed with Jerry Springer don.t take it so serious. I lead a drama free life but will tune in to catch what these Chics are up to from time to time.

502 days ago
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p dunk    

I just happened to run across this page *(basketball wives) I can't believe they are letting these (people/sluts/uneducated dummies) and I use that description loosely, back on TV and they want more money???? What do they bring, besides profanity, how not to act like a lady to the air waves. They talk about their Charity Work, what Charity? What they need is to take a break and FOCUS on " What can I do to repair the damage I did to my reputation and that of my children and family. Please LADIES donot watch this TRASH in AUGUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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