|Published:||Aug 01, 2012 12:40 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 01, 2012 12:40 AM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla - A reality TV show filmed in Southwest Florida is seeing it's share of drama off-screen. Crew members tell WINK News they walked away from production Monday afternoon because they're owed thousands of dollars.
Production for "Senior Prom" started three weeks ago. The reality show features eight senior citizens from Naples on their journey to learn how to dance. The show is set to conclude with a live finale at the Philharmonic August 25.
Tuesday, crew members told WINK News they walked away from production because they weren't getting paid.
"It's just one excuse after another. He just has us chasing our tail," says Christopher Flores, who was hire as the director of photography. He says he's owed $12,700 for the work he's done.
"The check I was given bounced. I haven't been paid, several vendors haven't been paid," says Flores.
Audio engineer Darren Dyer says he's owed $5,500.
"Senior Prom" Executive Director Brian Howie denies all claims the crew has not been paid. He says this is just one disgruntled employee that is upset.
So far, six crew members and two dance instructors confirmed to WINK News they have yet to receive a check. One of those instructors says he hasn't been paid in a month, but was told Tuesday night that he will be paid by Wednesday morning.
On the other hand, two other dance instructors say they have been paid.
In a private meeting Tuesday night, the eight contestants met and voted to continue with the show.
Lucille Bloom, 82, says, "we had a meeting this evening and we learned what we had to learn and we definitely have all agreed we're moving forward with the program. We're totally in support of it to completion."
Flores says, "I feel like he's taking advantage of the senior citizens. We're working with eight of them who are amazing people. We would do anything for them and we feel they're being taken advantage of."
The live finale is set to feature Debbie Reynolds as host. Howie says her appearance and the live finale are still scheduled for August 25.
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