I find it sort of comical that the women whose antics sparked a mass protest against “Basketball Wives” last season and almost got the show kicked off the air due to online petitioning are now trying to demand more money to be apart of the series but TMZ says that’s what’s happening on the BBW set. According to the site, although filming for season 5 has started, Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman, and Suzie Ketcham don’t have locked contracts so unless they get the cash money they’re asking for, they claim they’ll walk.
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.
I wonder if Evelyn forgets her and Ochocinco’s shenanigans actually cost the network money when their spinoff “Ocho & Ev” was cancelled a mere weeks before it was to air. Granted, people probably can’t wait to catch up with her on BBW5 and see how all that boohooing on “Iyanla Fix My Life” translates but I highly doubt she, Tami, or Shaunie are really going anywhere. Shaunie may have alimony and child support to fall back on but Tami and Evelyn know where their bread and butter comes from. They might as well ride this train out as long as they can because interest in them probably won’t last too much longer. What do you think?