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'Basketball Wives' Cast Threatening To Walk Out Over Salary Dispute

by Sergio
November 19, 2012 9:51 AM
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Basketball Wives

Shooting began last week on the 5th season of VH-1's hit reality show Basketball Wives and already trouble is brewing.

The major players on the show, including Shaunie O' Nneal, Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman and Suzie Ketcham, have been working without locked contracts, and they all are demanding significant salary increases or else they will walk off the show.

VH-1, according to media reports, had already informed the cast, before shooting for the new season began, that there would be no pay increases for anyone whatsoever, and that if any cast member had a problem with it, they could leave the show and be replaced.

Reportedly the cast has responded to the network, saying that they are not budging over their demands, and will walk en masse off the show next week, if a deal isn't set.

So who will blink first?

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  • ConfieLaVerdad | November 22, 2012 5:13 PMReply

    Please, please lord let them walk out....

  • Blackman | November 19, 2012 9:28 PMReply

    Sure, they COULD replace them. LOL. But who will go through all that trouble trying to re-connect to a new bunch of Miami's FakeA** sapphires? for you people to FONT what you FONT proves, you know NOTHING about reality t.v. and its RATINGS....It is all about the Buffons that set themselves out. Jersey Shore and ATLHousewives get Paid. Ya'll just jealous. lol

  • Miles Ellison | November 19, 2012 8:47 PMReply

    Several someones are overestimating their importance. There are literally thousands of women just like these stacked up like cord wood. Everything they think is so unique about them is written on paper in the writers room ready to be pumped into the next group of ignorants like gas into a tank.

  • ALM | November 19, 2012 3:10 PMReply

    Great. The show needs to end anyway. The show is a very biased, narrow view of a very, very small sect of modern women. We have yet to see the show that reflects people in my personal life- lawyers, teachers, professors, pilots, etc........ Vh1's statement "....that there would be no pay increases for anyone whatsoever, and that if any cast member had a problem with it, they could leave the show and be replaced", is just VH1 being transparent. Vh1 makes tens of millions of dollars off of advertising for this show and similar shows, and the network cares absolutely nothing about these women or their needs and wants. Unfortunately, there is probably a line of NBA girlfriends, finances and jump offs on a waiting list just hoping that the cast leaves so that they themselves can get a shot at 15 minutes of fame. I hope the current cast has been saving their ducats.

  • ALM | November 20, 2012 1:48 PM

    @ Troy: 95% of the shows that you listed are no longer on the air. I rest my case. :)

  • Troy | November 20, 2012 2:40 AM

    La Law, Law and Order, Shark, Franklin and Bash, Raising the Bar, Judging Amy, Matlock, too many shows about teachers and professors to name, Wings was about an airport but they were pilots. Reality tv is a true reflection of the fantasies of the the key demographics of television, women who do nothing that think they should be famous. So I see no problem with it especially since I know so many educated, well-employed black women watching these shows. Educated, well employed people dont have shit figured out and they dont own their own lives just like a 1960s housewife.

  • Aaron | November 19, 2012 12:25 PMReply

    What kind of people watches a show about elegantly dressed hoodrats?

  • ChgoSista | November 19, 2012 11:21 AMReply

    1. Publicity Stunt. 2. If it isn't, who do these heffas think they are, the cast from "Friends?"

  • ChgoSista | November 19, 2012 1:45 PM

    My comment was [meant to be] sexist at all; in fact, that never even entered my mind. (And uh, I am a woman, too....) Anyhoo, of course, they deserve to be compensated with whatever dollar amount they deem fair; my teasing emanates from the threat of them walking out, "Friends" style. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

  • Jenna | November 19, 2012 1:04 PM

    Sexist much? The cast of Jersey Shore did the same thing. It's called business. Why shouldn't they get paid fairly? Do you know how much they are being paid? Do you know what the profitability is for the show?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | November 19, 2012 11:11 AMReply

    They could re-cast the whole thing and it would still be a (ratchet) hit. The question is, does Shaunie have any creative ownership of the franchise? If so then she'll okay. Those others... maybe not. Of course, this could all just be a publicity stunt.

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