Vanessa is one of the stars of “High School Musical 2,” which has been a big producer for Disney on the Disney Channel this year, and Disney is in the process of casting the sequel “High School Musical 3.”
Vanessa has been the victim of someone leaking embarrassing nude photos of her on the Internet this fall, and Disney is very sensitive to anything un-wholesome related to its productions. Previously, Disney denied that it would even consider not bringing Vanessa back.
Now, however, Disney has been quoted saying “We are still in negotiations with all of the ‘High School Musical’ stars.” That could mean that Disney may intend to announce that negotiations failed and they will replace Hudgens. The phrase “still in negotiations” is not the ringing endorsement that Disney expressed only a month ago when the first pictures of Vanessa surfaced on the Net.
A spokesperson for Vanessa denies that Disney is even considering axing the 18 year old beauty. “Totally untrue. It is an old rumor,” the rep reportedly told Access Hollywood. “OK! magazine never bothered to fact check with me but they did call Disney who said it wasn’t true, but yet OK! ran it anyway. Apparently OK! magazine was having a slow news day.”
OK! Magazine is standing by its story claiming it has the inside track.
If Disney intends to keep Vanessa, it will probably issue a statement to that effect soon to quell the latest reports in OK! Magazine. If they do not issue a more definitive denial, Vanessa’s days with HSM may be numbered.