NAPLES, Fla - The live finale of the reality show "Senior Prom" has been postponed until October.
In July, WINK News reported several crew members were not getting paid and walked off the set. Now, WINK News is uncovering more problems with people getting paid.
The live finale of "Senior Prom" was supposed to be Saturday, August 25 at the Philharmonic with American Icon Debbie Reynolds as host, but that's changed. The finale has now been pushed back until October 13.
In a press release, Senior Prom says the reason they postponed the finale was to better accommodate Debbie Reynolds' busy schedule, who is currently shooting an HBO film in Las Vegas.
But, WINK News spoke to Reynolds' press person, Margie Duncan, on the phone. She says the show was not postponed because of Debbie Reynolds schedule, but because "Senior Prom" was having problems on their end.
"It's just a big waiting game to know if anyone is getting paid," says former crew member Darren Dyer. "No one knows what to believe."
Dyer, a Naples resident, was one of nine crew members to work on the show. When WINK News talked to Dyer in July he was owed $5,000. He eventually got a check, but it bounced and two weeks later he's still waiting for that money.
"Seven of those nine people are owed money and we're owed a total of $35,000," says Dyer.
Executive Producer Shelli Stutz tells WINK News they are still working to get everyone paid and admits a conflict with Debbie Reynolds is not the only reason the show was postponed, but says it was a combination of things including the crew walking out.
"I don't know whether to believe it or not, but my initial thoughts were this show is a bunch of BS to begin with," says Dyer.
In a statement to WINK News, the Philharmonic says, "tickets already purchased for Senior Prom will be refunded by the Philharmonic Center. A new date will be announced when details are confirmed."