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By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Former reality television star Royce Reed might not be on the upcoming season of Basketball Wives, but she sure is going out with a bang. The feisty baby mama of Dwight Howard and former professional cheerleader has no qualms about speaking her mind and being completely transparent about what goes on behind the scenes of the controversial reality show that was so violent last season that a petition with thousands of signatures begged VH1 to take the show off the air. Although the show didn’t get the boot, Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada, and Tami Roman promise the show will be less violent and more positive in season five. Interestingly enough, it seems like the most peaceful women on the show got the boot (Royce Reed, Jennifer Williams, and Kesha Nichols). However, Shaunie claims she wasn’t responsible for any of the “firings.”
Despite no longer being on the show, Royce’s nemesis Evelyn Lozada is still talking about her recklessly in her interviews. The beef between the two stems from some pretty catty disagreements in past seasons, and eventually, Evelyn just requested to no longer film any scenes with Royce.
Royce Reed took to her Twitter account the other day to express her annoyance with Evelyn’s comments about her in recent interviews. But when fans of the show expressed that they felt Royce was just being childish, she then promised that she would write a blog and spill all the tea about the show.
Royce kept true to her word, and posted the blog yesterday. In the lengthy post, Reed explains how Basketball Wives really came to fruition, and she even claims she played a big role in why the show got picked up in the first place. Of course she take some shots at Evelyn, but she also claims that Shaunie isn’t really the “boss” she’s portraying herself to be.
In addition to the Basketball Wives drama, she also took a moment to confirm that Dezmon Briscoe is back in her life (the same guy she dated and had all that baby mama drama for on Twitter who eventually got ousted for being a serial cheater) and whether or not she’ll ever make a return to reality television.
Royce on Dezmon Briscoe:
Many of you have asked about Dezmon and I. It’s been a rough ride. Sure, he made some mistakes, but we all do. Difference is, not everyone’s mistakes are in front of the world. We are still very close. I don’t know what the future holds for us but time will tell. He’s an awesome father and a good Man.
On Shaunie O’Neal:
The BBW Show idea was that of Tom Huffman, not Shaunie Oneal. Shaunie originally turned down the idea of BBW because she wanted to do her own show with her then husband Shaquille Oneal. That show was called “Love Shaq”. It never aired. Yes, Shaunie asked me if I would be interested but it was brought to me as “This guy Tom has an idea and wanted to know if you would be interested.” My relationship with Shaunie prior to this conversation was 1 in which I asked her advice on how to deal with a situation I was in. It had NOTHING to do with the show. I’m not sure when or why it became what it is today but all the rumors out there about me and her boyfriend, Allstar Wknd and ever her ex husband are 100% false and she knows it. I used to look up to her in the past but that ship has sailed. In even more blatant terms, however, Shaunie wasn’t there to sell the show…I was. I was the only cast member flown into LA to pitch the show to over 10 different stations with Tom because no one else wanted to be connected to a possible failure. Shaunie was NOT there. We got 6 offers back after those pitches and they (Shed Media) chose to go with VH1. So in more BASIC terms…I played a MAJOR role in the pitching of this show & Shaunie in no way, shape, or formed controlled my contract, paycheck, or anything of the sort. So thank you to Tom and Shed media for hiring me for this project.
Royce again explains her problem with Evelyn Lozada and says that she doesn’t think Evelyn’s situation with Chad has changed her any, despite her recent “emotional” appearance on Fix My Life:
Evelyn, have several seats and watch Netflix. I reached out to you when you got head butted and I also hugged you at the reunion (Of course that wasn’t aired…too positive). For you to have been a part of a show that was supposed to “Fix Your Life” and you’re still broken is a problem. At this point I just realize you’re a lost cause. In the past I’d probably tell you to get a pair of gasoline drawls and go past H*ll, but I digress. All your anger towards me is material. You speak on my clothes, but I own a house and 2 cars. You speak on my hair, but I can jump in the pool without worries or my mascara running. I’m naturally beautiful. :cue Phenomenal Woman poem: You stopped filming with me because I NEVER backed down to you. I never let you treat or speak to me the way you did to Suzie or Jennifer & you didn’t like it. I was raised to stand my ground & I never let you take it from under me. Period. If you would concentrate more on what’s important in life and the legacy you will leave behind you will be a much happier person. I do feel sorry for you at times. I wonder what and where you will be when this show is over and the checks stop coming.
Royce also claims that despite what’s being reported, she was not fired from Basketball Wives. Reed claims she walked away from the show when it was clear to her that there wasn’t going to be many changes made to bring an end to the childishness and bullying on the show:
I was NOT fired from BBW. I tried to leave Season 3 and Season 4 but was negotiated into staying. For Season 5, I refused to take part in the ignorance and drama on purpose so it was a mutual decision. When someone tells you things aren’t going to change regardless of the backlash, you have to step back and think about whats more important… your dignity or a supplemental paycheck. I chose my dignity and I’ve never been happier. Would I ever do another reality show, yes. Will it have drama, of course but it will be REAL and stem from actual events.
In related news, Royce is still having some issues with Dezmon’s baby mama. The other day the two took shots at each other and posted screen shots of blocked calls both claimed were from the other. Eventually, Dezmon’s baby mama tweeted Evelyn:
Dezmon’s baby mama then proceeded to tweet about how she still has him wrapped around her fingers and tweeted pictures of him too. Yeah, good luck with that Royce.