Basketball Wives’ Play for More Money…by Jacky Jasper
Full Court Press?
Some original faces of the BBW’s brand are reportedly taking action against VH1. Insiders say though shooting of the fifth season of ‘Basketball Wives‘ is well underway, if Shaunie, Evelyn, Tami and Suzie aren’t granted raises – they’ll be walking off the set. We’re told because the quartet of ladies are not locked into contracts – it’s a situation they’re able to move forward with if they so desire.
Here’s what’s being reported:
“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, but 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.”
Shaunie O’Neal previously released a statement - claiming she’s set to take the reality brand to the sliver screen. I find Shaunie’s statement very amusing. Know why? Because though Shaunie may be thinking about making movies, she’s begging VH1 execs for a request which won’t be granted. Don’t believe me.. Ask VH1 President Thomas Calderone.