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I’m not sure if I am scared or excited about the return of VH1′s Love & Hip Hop.  It’s no secret that many of the antics of the ladies on the show left me cringing with every recap, but there is going to be quite a shift in casting.  I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing!

Anyone who watched last season knew of the discord between Chrissy Lampkin and producer Mona-Scott Young.  Viewers wondered if a show without Chrissy, her now fiance Jim Jones, and everyone’s favorite, Jim’s mom (!!!), would even be a show at all.  Who wants to watch a program void of a mumbling Jim and a “pyhsicotic bitch”?  Not this gal.  I love me some Mama Jones!

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S2S is now reporting that Mama Jones confirmed that “they” were leaving the show for “their own spin-off.”  I know that “they” includes Jim and Chrissy, as they had been gunning for their own show, but does “they” also include Mama Jones?  Perhaps she could do cross-overs on both Love & Hip Hop and Jim’s new gig?  The site is also confirming that Emily Bustamante is also not returning.  No surprise there, as she’s Chrissy’s biffle.  I do hate to see Emily go, as she was the clearly the calmest and classiest of the bunch, but let’s face it, calm and classy and reality television don’t really mix!

Emily recently tweeted, “There will be a 3rd Season of #loveandhiphop NY but I will not be a cast member. The show was a great experience.. Thank you Mona & Stefan.”

She is also quick to denounce that any beef with Kimbella Vanderhee influenced her decision not to return.  As you recall, Kimbella famously admitted to Emily that she’d dated Emily’s man Fabolous thinking he was single.  While Emily says the pair didn’t “date” and Kimbella just performed a “sex act” on the rapper, she also claims that she has no issues with her former co-star.

The ever classy Emily squashes those rumors on twitter, saying, “For the record I have no problem with @kimbellasworld. Best of luck on the show and congrats on the newest addition to ur family.”  My guess for her reason to leave?  Emily is above the drama and fighting, and she wants to focus on her son and her life away from that craziness.

All of the shifts lead the returning Somaya Reece to tweet, “@VH1iNFO No one is coming back lol smh RIP #loveandhiphopNYC.”  I’m assuming she’ll be joined by Olivia Longott, a preggers Kimbella, and a very preggers Yandy Smith.  A picture of the two moms-to-be is below.

And finally, if you can’t wait for the original ladies to return (sans the Jones clan), you can whet your appetite with Atlanta’s version of the show.  A press release follows describing this summer’s guilty pleasure:

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” is a tale of struggle, love, and temptation with a southern twist. Atlanta is the new frontier in entertainment, the Dirty South, where the opportunity to make it big in the rap game is always one hustle away. Competition is fierce in both the professional and personal arenas — they love hard but leave even harder. Among the main characters in this 10-episode series are Stevie J, a three-time Grammy Award-Winning producer who has worked with artists such as Diddy, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey, Stevie’s longtime girlfriend Mimi Faust, and a fiery up-and-coming Latina rapper named Joseline. There’s no shortage of drama with this strong-willed trio. Also featured are Lil Scrappy, best known for his 2006 smash hit, “Money in the Bank,” his girlfriend Erica Dixon, and his mother, a former hustler known as “Momma Dee.” The hometown hero, Atlanta rapper Rasheeda, is still searching for that big hit after years in the hip hop game, but she’s constantly at odds with her manager Kirk Frost – who also happens to be her husband. Rounding out the cast are the talented songbird K Michelle, and Trinidadian R&B singer Karlie Redd. They’re all chasing the dream in “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

There is no doubt this group will bring the dramz just like their predecessors.

WILL YOU WATCH LOVE & HIP HOP WITHOUT THE JONESES?  WHY DO YOU THINK EMILY DECIDED NOT TO RETURN?  EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW ATLANTA BASED SHOW?

Bump photos courtesy of Kimbella’s instagram

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