'Storage Wars' Drops 3: Is Bidding Real? Dave Hester's Lawsuit Raises Questions Amid Cast Cuts [VIDEO & REPORT]

By Staff Reporter | May 2, 2013 12:37 PM EDT

'Storage Wars' drops three cast members in the upcoming season, including Dan and Laura Dotson (left). Now viewers are wondering if it has anything to do with Dave Hester's lawsuit in which he alleges that 'Storage Wars' is fake. (Photo: A&E)
'Storage Wars' drops three cast members in the upcoming season, including Dan and Laura Dotson (left). Now viewers are wondering if it has anything to do with Dave Hester's lawsuit in which he alleges that 'Storage Wars' is fake. (Photo: A&E)

Storage Wars drops three regulars in the upcoming season, leaving us to wonder what new troubles are brewing in scavenger paradise. The A&E series is still caught up in its legal battle with Dave Hester, who was locked out of Storage Wars Season 4. Now three more Storage Wars stars are being dropped by the popular reality series as bidder Darrell Sheets and auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson are getting their episodes chopped.

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"It seems as if they are going after some of the higher paid cast members," a source told RadarOnline. "And meanwhile they are expanding the franchise."

Darrell Sheets is one of three cast members having their episodes cut by the A&E reality show. (Photo: A&E)
Darrell Sheets is one of three cast members having their episodes cut by the A&E reality show. (Photo: A&E)

Darrell Sheets, known as "The Gambler," has apparently been frozen out of six full episodes. "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. He was not happy to say the least," the source said.

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Meanwhile, Dan and Laura Dotson were cut out of a number of extra episodes, and have reportedly not yet had their contracts finalized.

"The show has a few months before the deadline to offer contracts for its next season. Sheets and Dan and Laura don't know what's going to happen to them. They could be replaced with cheaper talent," said the insider.

We can't help but wonder if Dave Hester's lawsuit has anything to do with all this upheaval. Hester, the show's most well-known cast member, was barred from Season 4 despite wanting to return. After getting the chop, Hester filed a lawsuit against Storage Wars in which he accused producers of planting items inside lockers to give advantages to certain bidders and paying for a female cast member's plastic surgery to up the show's sex appeal.

Hester also claimed that the reason for his termination was the fact that he and other cast members met with producers to express their unhappiness with the "salting" of storage units, which is illegal. After the meeting, Hester alleges, Storage Wars executives dropped Hester's contract offer.

Dave Hester says 'Storage Wars' is fake and that he was fired for complaining about it. (Photo: A&E)
Dave Hester says 'Storage Wars' is fake and that he was fired for complaining about it. (Photo: A&E)

Dave Hester is suing Storage Wars for breach of contract and wrongful termination, among other things. Last we heard, however, it wasn't going too well for Hester, as a judge rejected some of the claims included in his broad lawsuit against A&E.

Storage Wars' defense argued that Hester's unfair business practice claims, along with his requested injunction against Storage Wars for supposedly staging the show, would violate the First Amendment by asking the court to dictate what A&E could and could not produce on their network. The judge agreed.

Still, with Storage Wars dropping three cast members in the upcoming season, we're tempted to take Hester's complaints against the network a little more seriously.

"The network and production company has the power," a source said of Dave Hester's lawsuit. "The rest of the cast is working without having their contract issues fully worked out."

Will Darrell Sheets and Dan and Laura Dotson follow Dave Hester's footsteps? Are more Storage Wars lawsuits on the horizon?



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