By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Was Tami Roman violent for ratings? “Basketball Wives” star Tami Roman found herself in the middle of controversy during season four of the hit VH1 reality show. Although Tami came busting onto the scene attacking Evelyn Lozada for sleeping with her ex husband Kenny Anderson while they were still married, season four viewers had reached their limit with both Evelyn and Tami’s behavior on-screen. Tami didn’t get along too well with newbie (and now ex) cast member Kesha Nichols, and people were infuriated when she got all in non-agressive Kesha’s face after having too many drinks and even stole her purse to prove a point. After the backlash kicked off and a petition demanding the show was cancelled went viral, Tami had to start owning up to her actions. In so many words, she hinted the show’s drama was staged and encouraged by the producers, but in the end a decrease in ratings and the loss of advertisers forced the network to promise the next season would be more positive.
Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O’Neal, and Tami Roman have been saying in interviews for months the show will be more positive, but the supertrailer released last week paints a very different story. Interestingly enough, Tami low key seems to admit she only got violent because she thought it’s what the viewers wanted and it’s what they called entertainment seasons prior. She tells VH1:
“I think my approach to this season was to basically learn how to talk with the ladies and be more of a voice rather than a fist. It’s not that Tami didn’t know how to articulate. It’s not that Tami doesn’t know how to interact with people. But I chose to only use one dynamic of myself. You know, I am very articulate, I am educated. I have worked in Corporate America. I have had my own business in the past and I think I wasn’t showing all of that because I came into the situation one way and I said okay, that’s working, let me just stay there. And it worked until it didn’t work. So, now I had to take responsibility and dial back and open more of myself up.
“People think. ‘Oh she’s grown or she’s changed.’ And really it’s just me really showing 100% of myself and not one aspect.”
Tami also once again reassured fans of the show they will see a drastically different show and see more of who the ladies really are:
“I will definitely say that the tone of the show has changed. We’ve all been together for so long that we all kind of know how each person operates and I think that creates a different dynamic in itself. We’re able to show people that we can talk through problems, that we’ve grown, we’ve all matured.
“Outside of our interactions, we have real lives. And I think this season we inject more of our real reality.”
Check out the interview below: