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'Storage Wars' drops three cast members, report says

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   May 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM   |   Comments

May 1 (UPI) -- "Storage Wars," A&E's beleaguered reality show about people who pick through abandoned storage lockers, is facing more drama in the wake of a lawsuit filed by former cast member Dave Hester.

Radar Online reported Wednesday that "Storage Wars" producers have cut three cast members out of upcoming episodes, including buyer Darrell Sheets and married auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson.

“They lived up to Darrell’s contract, but then shot more episodes that weren’t covered by his contract and kept him out of those,” a source said. “He was not happy to say the least.”

“So they’ve been battling to stay on the air, and they are worried about their futures. The show is a gold mine," the source said of the Dotsons.

The source said A&E was targeting more expensive cast members.

Hester filed a lawsuit against A&E back in December after he was fired. Hester claimed that he was "wrongfully terminated" and that many of the show's segments were faked for entertainment value. A&E has defended the production of "Storage Wars," claiming that its storylines are covered by the First Amendment.

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