As if any of you were planning to watch the fifth season of Basketball Wives, I have some breaking news that may just send you over the edge completely. TMZ.com is reporting that three of the ladies (and yes, these may actually be considered ladies) are getting axed from the show. While nothing has been confirmed, VH1’s official statement is, “We don’t comment on casting until everything is final. Thanks for checking in.” However, when you hear who is getting the boot–and why–I doubt you’ll be surprised.
First to hit the road is Royce Reed. Why? I would say it’s obvious. First, a lot of the women, including Queen Bee Shaunie O’Neal herself, refuse to film with Royce. I am guessing that makes it more difficult to have a legitimate story line. She doesn’t go on the cast trips, isn’t invited to birthday dinners, and misses out on all the bottle throwing and brawls. Lucky. Second, due to a gag order that has been in place since 2009, she isn’t even allowed to say the name of the basketball player to whom she was never a wife. Sorry, Royce, but the writing seems to be on the wall for you.
John Salley is back to lead us through the second installment of the Basketball Wives reunion special. Last night’s portion proved to be more of a train wreck than the first time around which was basically just one giant PR move. I don’t know about y’all, but I am ready to say good riddance to these “ladies” for a very long time.
John reminds us of Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco’s relationship. Besides the Masarati, I wonder if Evelyn can watch this and not see how poorly he speaks to her. Chad is funny and all, but she is a doormat with him! Evelyn promotes the couple’s spin-off for a bit, happy she has the opportunity to show viewers a softer side. John then segues into listing Royce Reed’s relationships throughout the seasons. Of Dezmon Briscoe, Royce will only say curtly that they are doing “good.” John reminds her of Dezmon and his baby mama’s twitter drama. Royce says she chose to stay with him for all the things he did right instead of the one thing he did wrong. Footage of her fight with her father is shown. John jokes that Royce is a crybaby, and he pretty much sides with her dad while doling out his own fatherly advice. John also shows clips from her New York acting debut that ended up on the cutting room floor. Tami Roman reveals she was pleasantly surprised at Royce’s talent. John touts that as quite a compliment because he believes Tami is an amazing actress. Huh?
After suing Shed Media (who also produces some of the Housewives franchises) in order to prevent ex-girlfriend Laura Govan to go on television and discuss him, Gilbert Arenas has had a change of heart. In more ways than one. Gilbert and Laura are giving it another go!
Proving you don’t choose who you love, the couple is now engaged, and Gilbert, being a nice guy, wants to drop the suit since he’s so totally over the anger he felt last year over possibly being “exploited” on the show. However, he asked a judge to allow him to re-start the suit in the future, if things go sour, which let’s face it, is always a possibility when the love is this pure and deep!
Well, more bad news for Evelyn Lozada! Weeks after her spinoff Ev & Ocho started filming, it seems her hubby’s reality TV career has interfered with his professional one and he’s now out of a job! After years of juggling the two, Chad Ochocinco has apparently been dropped by the famous New England Patriots and is now a free agent!
TMZ reports that the team spent all day yesterday trying to trade Chad, before finally cutting him loose. Ouch! Confirming his firing on Twitter – where else – Chad thanked the fans. “Thoroughly enjoyed the oppurtunity to play for the ‘Patriot’ organization … fans were f****** wicked awesome, I wish all of you the best.”
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See kids, when you declare your love on television, it doesn’t always make people want to be associated with you. Case in point: Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada and football / similarly attention addicted Chad Ochocinco are shopping around the Miami area for a wedding location for their spin-off and are being turned down!
TMZ reports that due to the massive amounts of drama and foolishness associated with Basketball Wives, they don’t want the reality television aura ruining their good floors and china. So far, the list of hotels who have turned them down include the Ritz, the St. Regis and Breakers. Yikes!
May I recommend Chad and Evelyn keep it simple and perhaps get married in their backyard? The show is currently filming, with the couple due to get married next month.
TELL US: ARE YOU SURPRISED THE COUPLE ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING A LOCATION? WOULD YOU LET THEM GET MARRIED IN YOUR HOUSE?
Kenya Bell has apparently realized that despite the antics on Basketball Wives – at least something good can come of it – her burgeoning music career! Kenya just released a new single titled “Hate Me,” in which she calls out bullies and well, haters. No, she doesn’t name Evelyn Lozada by name, but I think we get the message!
Good gracious, last night was the Basketball Wives Reunion, and I must say I was a tad scared to watch it. The majority of those ladies (bwahahaha!) are seriously unhinged. Once again, John Salley hosts the parade of crazy. He begins by introducing the veterans–Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman, Suzie Ketcham, and Royce Reed, followed by the newbies–Kesha Nichols and Kenya Bell. John next touts Shaunie O’Neal as their team captain. If nostrils looks could kill, John would be a dead man.
He announces that Jennifer Williams is backstage, and Evelyn thinks it’s for the best. What in the world is up with her hair?? John asks Shaunie to address the violence on this season. Is it just me or does she look like a hot pink penguin? She hopes that all her cast mates use the show as a mirror, and she believes that each woman takes responsibility for their actions. Sure they do! Evelyn is always once to admit fault. Shaunie throws around the buzz word “balance” several times before reveling in applause.
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It was the bullying heard ’round the internet (although the same could be said about the entire fourth season of Basketball Wives), and Tami Roman is still discussing her vile behavior towards cast mate Kesha Nichols when the women were vacationing in Tahiti. Tami recently went on the Wendy Williams Show to share her side of the story. Spin, spin, spin, ladies!
Tami begins the interview by addressing the situation and feeling badly for how she acted–or in her mind, reacted. Basically she cites Kesha’s gossip that viewers didn’t see (isn’t that convenient?) as explanation for how she shouldn’t have been acting. Follow? It’s hard, I know.
Tami tries to defend herself while feeling bad for her behavior. She tells Wendy, “It was a difficult time because the truth of the matter is I can’t let what someone is saying behind the scenes…what they’re doing…how they’re acting drive me to that level of frustration but a lot of that you guys didn’t really see.”