Gabrielle Union claims that BET is combining seasons four and five of “Being Mary Jane” so as to make the actress work more hours for less money.
Union is accusing the network of trying to: “Cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract,” despite promising never to produce more than 13 episodes per season.
Her attorney Martin Singer further explains how combining the seasons into one could void the $15,000 dollar per episode raise Union is obligated to receive in season five. The 42-year-old actress is reportedly set to be paid $150,000 per episode in season four, and then an obligatory raise to $165,000 in the following season.
Since the “Being Mary Jane” showrunner left in June 2015, Union says she was not notified of the network’s plan to cram 20 episodes into season four until a week before principal photography. She is seeking at least $1 million in damages and an order that her contract be amended to reflect that there are a maximum of 13 episodes per season.
In a statement BET said: “While we hold Gabrielle Union in the highest esteem, we feel strongly that we are contractually well within our rights and are committed to reaching a swift and positive resolution in this matter.”