‘It Just Wasn’t Working For TV:’ Shaunie, Evelyn And Tami Attempt To Explain Why Jennifer Williams And Royce Reed Were Given The Axe

June 11, 2013  |  

Basketball Wives cast members, Shaunie O’Neal, Tamu Roman and Evelyn Lozada recently sat down for an interview with Upscale Magazine to discuss season five of the popular VH1 reality series, which is scheduled to premiere this August. During their interview, they opened up about backlash they received from fans for their Bad Girls Club-esque behavior and why Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed were let go from the cast. Check out a few highlights from their interview.

On last summer’s petitions posing the possibility of loss of advertisers: 

Shaunie: “[It] was so difficult to deal with when it was airing and when it was all over with. I remember saying, ‘what the hell just happened? This isn’t us; we’re mothers, we’re businesswomen. We have to be smarter. We have to represent ourselves a lot better.’”

“By the time we did the [season four] reunion we all agreed enough is enough. We had a group talk and were all definitely on the same page. We heard the messages loud and clear. We knew we had to do better. It was an eye opener.”

Evelyn: “People were connecting my behavior on the show with the incident with Chad. They were like, ‘Well if she acts like that on the show, then I’m sure she acts like that at home.’ I’m a totally different person at home.”

Tami: “I was very depressed last summer. I was dealing with some things that were going on with my mother and everything that was happening with the backlash from the show. I started eating everything under the sun. I blew up to about 190-ish pounds. I’m a tall girl, so I wear it well, but I was bordering between [size] 14 and 16 in my clothes.”

 On deciding to cut Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed from the cast:

Shaunie: “It was a chemistry thing. It just became awkward to film or even come up with a conversation. It just wasn’t working for TV.”

Evelyn: “Royce has been a non-motherf—ing factor for the last two seasons, so it just didn’t make sense anymore. And as for Jennifer—Shaunie is [being] nice but I’m going to tell you this—we don’t condone the incident with Jennifer, but we do reality TV. You know something’s bound to happen when you put a bunch of women together and there’s a lot of behind the scenes conversation and gossip going on. So when Jennifer went on this whole anti-show campaign, it was a little tough for us as cast members.”

*Sigh* Some things never change. Although it will somewhat interesting to see how the cast interacts with one another now that Jennifer and Royce are gone, I’ve got to admit that as a former diehard Basketball Wives fan, I’m not the least bit excited about this upcoming season.

Is anyone planning on checking out Basketball Wives 5 when it airs in August or are you totally over it?

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