Season 8 of Basketball Wives just started, and even though Tami Roman hasn’t been involved in much drama just yet (she hasn’t spent a lot of time filming with the ladies thus far), she already knows that this will be the last season she does.
In a recent chat with Million Dollar TV, the 49-year-old TV personality and actress shared that people should enjoy what they can get from her this season, because she is about to exit stage left to focus on some new things.
“This is the final season for me, Season 8” she said. “But I’m sure they’ll get another season and you’ll get to see all of the ladies.”
“I think it’s just, I’ve been doing it since 2010 and so it’s just run its course for me, in particular,” she added. “It takes up a lot of time to film Basketball Wives. We’re in that thing for like six or seven months at a time, so I just wanted the opportunity to have some free time to do some other things.”
Tami has created quite the persona for herself on the show, but she says the whole time she’s just been her authentic self.
“I think in this day and era, people recognize that. You think you’re pulling the wool over the audience’s eyes or that people don’t recognize that. The audience is super super smart, they know when it’s not real, when it’s not authentic,” she said. “The people who last and the people the audience latches onto, like, ‘I really rock with them,’ those are the people that are keeping it real. Best thing you can do is be yourself all of the time.”
Tami’s announcement of plans to move on from the show are much more lighthearted and have a more positive outlook in comparison to when she last stated that she didn’t believe she would return to Basketball Wives. At that time Season 7 was ending, she’d been quarreling with co-stars Evelyn Lozada and Jennifer Williams, and was feeling the heat for bringing up Lozada’s past domestic abuse situation.
“You know, I actually loved doing Basketball Wives,” she said back in January when her return to the series for Season 8 was uncertain. “I’m just at a place right now where it’s about protecting my energy and my space and my zen. I have to protect it. And so, even within the Basketball Wives world, if I were to go back, certain changes would have to be made for me to be comfortable in that environment. But we’re still in talks. I don’t necessarily know if I’ll return, but we are talking about how everybody can be comfortable in that environment.”
This time around, it seems that the priority is on protecting her coins and taking advantage of the new opportunities she has on her plate, including a few new projects she’s doing with Mona Scott-Young. Overall, Roman said she’s looking forward to showcasing something different than what she’s been able to on Basketball Wives.
“You know, I have grown a lot over the years, and I want my presence on television to be positive and uplifting,” she recently told PEOPLE. “I want real women with families who have ups and downs to be able to relate to me and feel inspired and empowered knowing they can push through anything.”