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Despite being on Basketball Wives since 2010 and gaining a lot of exposure from that program, Tami Roman hasn’t been shown in the best light on the hit VH1 series. She’s been involved in some altercations, been accused of trying to stir up drama, and most recently, was criticized for comments she made about Evelyn Lozada’s domestic abuse incident with ex-husband Chad Johnson (then known as Ochocinco). It’s been a lot for even the 48-year-old star to handle.

That’s why she spends a lot of Season 7 getting up and walking away from conversations and situations with her co-stars that she is no longer comfortable in so that she can refrain from pulling out past, problematic behavior. That’s why she’s looking forward to her upcoming spin-off show.

“I think it was time. I’ve been a part of the Basketball Wives franchise since 2010 — and it hasn’t been for lack of trying to have my own situation, because we tried several times,” she said. “But I do also think it’s just a matter of timing. They say, ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans,’ and I think you have to do things when it’s ordered by Him — not to get too spiritual. But I feel like it’s the right time for this moment to happen, because people have seen me one way on Basketball Wives for so long and eventually that takes its toll on public perception of you.”

Tami told Life & Style that her upcoming series is a play on The Beverly Hillbillies and will showcase she and partner Reggie Youngblood’s blended family. His family comes from Studewood in Houston to L.A. to see how Tami and her brood live. Tami is hopeful that with cameras focusing on the love she has in her life, as opposed to forcing her to interact with folks she clashes with, it will show a different side of Tami that the world doesn’t get to see on Basketball Wives. 

“I’m thankful that the spin-off is coming now because I get to show the many different facets and dimensions that aren’t actually seen on Basketball Wives,” she said. “You know I have this great guy, I have great children, I have a great career, I do a lot of philanthropy work, I’m involved socially in my community and outreach programs and I have an amazing blended family, and so it felt like the right time to do something like this.”

And as she said, it is a really good time in the life of Tami Roman. She has her Bonnet Chronicles series on Tidal, she’s been doing a lot of hosting, and now, she will have the chance to lead her own show. This isn’t the first time that she has worked on a possible spin-off, though. In 2014, she shot a pilot called The Roman Empire with daughters Jazz and Lyric. And while we didn’t get to find out the full plot for the show, considering it was filmed in Houston, it sounds like it was a similar story line as the program that is to come. Hopefully this one makes it to TV screens this time, because it’s clear that Tami has high hopes for it.

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