By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Why was Jennifer Williams fired from Basketball Wives? With “Basketball Wives Miami” returning in August, Shaunie O’Neal and company are in full damage control mode to make sure their ratings won’t suffer in a “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” ruled society. There has been some changes made to the cast, and it’s been confirmed Royce Reed, Jennifer Williams, and Kesha Nichols will not be returning. Kenya Bell is rumored to only be returning in a minor role, but many are puzzled as to why the most violent people on the show (Tami Roman and Evelyn Lozada) are returning for another season considering Shaunie keeps saying she wants the show to move in a more positive direction.
In the upcoming issue of Upscale Magazine, Shaunie, Evelyn and Tami attempt to address their critics and explain how the next season of “Basketball Wives” will be more positive. Here are the most notable quotes from the interview.
On losing advertisers and the backlash they received from the public:
“[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.” – Shaunie
“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.” – Evelyn
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. – Tami
“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.” – Shaunie
And when it comes to giving Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed the boot, here’s what the ladies had to say:
“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.” – Shaunie
“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.” – Evelyn
Check out the cover below: