Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman & Shaunie O’Neal Cover UPSCALE Mag, Talk Basketball Wives

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Don’t you feel like Basketball Wives Miami hasn’t been on in like forever and a day? I kinda sorta miss them!

Well word on the street is that the new season won’t premiere until August and Royce Reed, Jennifer Williams and Kesha Nichols got the boot. It was also rumored that Kenya Bell was fired, but then do you remember when she got in a fight with Suzie during filming (see here)? So she must be on at least a couple of episodes.

The main cast members Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman and Shaunie O’Neal of Basketball Wives Miami cover the new issue of Upscale where they talk about the new season, fighting on reality TV and the cast members who were fired!

On the negativity of Basketball Wives and the consequential loss of advertisers:

“[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 O’Neal

“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.” —Eveyln Lozada

“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 Roman

“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 O’Neal

On the decision to cut Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed from the series:

“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 O’Neal

“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 Lozada

I wonder how this season is going to play out now that most of the Miami cast members are actually living in Los Angeles???

 



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