A cast shakeup occurred after the latest season of “Basketball Wives” wrapped up.
“Basketball Wives” fans have heard a lot of rumors about the upcoming season. However, most of the casting rumors have turned out to be true. Evelyn Lozada is back. Jennifer Williams, Jackie Christie, and Brooke Bailey are the only cast members returning from the latest season. Brandi Maxiell, Brittish Williams, DJ Duffey, and Angel Brinks are out. Duffey was one of the first to announce her departure. At the time, she didn’t clarify if she was leaving by choice or if she had been fired from the show. Well, she opened up about why she will not be on the new season. And she confirmed she was not asked back.
She told Carlos King, “I did not quit ‘Basketball Wives’. ‘Basketball Wives’ did not ask me back. And when I say your girl was like…it’s not that I was sad or angry. I was just a little shocked.”
Duffey added, “I couldn’t wait to give you this tea. I was like I can’t wait for Carlos to ask me about quitting. I am not a quitter.”
She stressed, “I did not quit.”
Duffey said it was important that she confirmed her departure promptly, “And I didn’t want to play the games. I didn’t want the fans to think I was coming back and they’re waiting on the season and I’m not there. I just wanted to…I found out the day I posted it. The day I posted it is the day I found out. So I just let everybody know that unfortunately, I won’t be returning.”
Did it come down to money?
Duffey also explained why she thinks she was let go. In the process, she confirmed Brandi and Brittish weren’t asked back either.
“Now I do have my own theory on why I’m not returning. The girls who weren’t asked back – me, Brandi, Brittish – we were commuters. We come with extra expenses. And our show is now with BET and they’re caring about the budget and the revamp. When you are a commuter, you come with extra expenses.”
She continued, “We need help with travel. We need help with the places that we stay out in LA. Things of that sort. Even though we all have things going on in LA, I’m always in LA. But for me to stay and film, it costs me extra money. So I have to ask for extra money.”
— Carlos King (@thecarlosking_) June 29, 2023