Several cast members of Basketball Wives reportedly are threatening to walk off the set if they do not receive salary increases, sources connected to the show tell TMZ. The site says that calls to VH1 were not returned.
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.
Meanwhile, VH1 reported:
Yesterday we confirmed that filming on Basketball Wives' fifth season is already under way, and now Shaunie O'Neal and Evelyn Lozada have divulged a few more tidbits about what to expect this season on the show. Though no official casting has been confirmed, Shaunie mentioned that there will be a new face on the show, someone "that's really good friends with Evelyn [Lozada] and myself." She also explained the off-camera relationships she has with the rest of the cast, saying that aside from Evelyn, she only sees the other ladies during filming. "Evelyn and I keep in contact and we do stuff together throughout the year, but when it comes to everybody else, it's kinda like we just get together when it's time to do a show," she says.