Yesterday it was reported that Imani Showalter was fired from Basketball Wives: LA after she was a no-show at new cast member Brooke Bailey‘s birthday party, which was attended by all the other ladies. VH1 actually started the rumor by speculating whether or not Imani would return on their blog about Brooke’s party.
Well in an EXCLUSIVE, Reality Tea has been told that not only is Imani definitely returning next season, but there’s a second new lady joining the cast!
Basketball Wives LA is in the middle of filming and they are not going to be unseated in the drama department by the veteran BB hook-ups wives! Apparently there’s been many cast changes since last season, most notably Imani Showalter may be out!
Taking her place? Brooke Bailey! Sister2Sister reports that Brooke, formerly of E!’s “Candy Girls” reality show and former fling of NBA player Rashad Lewis, will be joining the cast as yet another woman who was never a wife! Even worse, Brooke was reportedly Rashad’s mistress who came between him and his pregnant girlfriend! All class, no trash there. Brooke is a friend of sorts of Draya Michele. More strikes against her!
Laura Govan has been working hard to change her image – both in her personal life and her appearance! And perhaps she’s had a little work done in the nose department! But hey – she’s a big TV star now – she’s gotta look good, right?
Laura’s body transformation has been on-going and since she has allegedly (possibly?) left Basketball Wives LA, the star seems to be much happier and she is looking good! “My diet is terrible. I’m not even gonna lie. I eat a lot of junk food,” she confessed to Vibe in an interview last year. “Right now I’m a size four and I think when I first started the show I was a size 14.”
She adds, “There are things that I do and I’m definitely gonna share but not just yet. I’ll put it on dvd and then I’m gonna share.”
I know it seems like they’ve been gone for a while, but thankfully the ladies of Basketball Wives: L.A. are back on the radar as the show begins shooting soon! We’re sure to get updates on all the craziness…and first on the list? It’s the tumultuous relationship between Gloria Govan and basketball beau Matt Barnes.
Following their very nasty and public breakup last year, the duo was recently spotted in West Hollywood at Greystone Manor. Also partying with the pair? Rihanna, Tyga and Drake were reportedly also at the club. The couple, who called off their engagement last season, were seen holding hands and getting cozy throughout the night.
It’s interesting to hear the two are apparently back together, seeing as it was just November when rumors that Matt was datingEva Longoria were swirling amid several sightings of the basketballer and the small-screen queen. Both of course denied any hanky panky and gave the age-old “just friends” response.
Apparently, a reconciliation is in the works, as Sister2Sister comments on the pair’s relationship as well. The site notes that Gloria was interviewed by “The Staci Harris” and revealed that filming for the Los Angeles franchise of the show will commence at the end of this month. That wasn’t the only tidbit information garnered from Gloria’s chat – it is reported that Matt had tagged along and was in the building while she was giving her interview.
Below are pics that seem to confirm a Gloria and Matt reconciliation. Also below are photos from TheYBF.com of Gloria’s recent sexy swimsuit photo shoot for Dimez Magazine.
DO YOU THINK GLORIA AND MATT SHOULD GET BACK TOGETHER? WILL YOU BE WATCHING SEASON 2 OF BBW:L.A.?
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With the February 20 premiere of the 4th season of Basketball Wives just weeks away, here’s to hoping VH1 is still filming as the drama rages on for the show’s stars!
As it’s been widely reported, former BFFs Evelyn Lozada andJennifer Williamsare currently on the outs! It appears poor Jen might be out of the “circle” for good after Evelyn fired off a number of nasty tweets to her former bestie.
First, Evelyn tweeted: “So @iamjennifer thinks I’m MADD that’s she’s hanging out with @NeNeLeakes ??? Bitch pls! Interview coming soon…. #ItsOnContacts.” Evelyn then accused Jen of “running her mouth” to the press to remain relevant and accused her of being “insecure.” Yikes. Below are more of her tweets -
Yes, Evelyn’s fiance Chad Ochocinco had to step in and be the voice of reason. Not sure what this says about this union when ‘Ochocinco’ is the level headed one in the relationship!
As for Jen’s response, she pretty much stuck to retweeting some comments by her followers. Below is a screen shot -
If you recall, TMZ broke the news days ago that the producers of the show were putting together a very lucrative offer for her to join the cast. Well it seems Vanessa, who is said to have received $75 million in her recent divorce from Kobe Bryant, realized she has nothing to gain by aspiring to be the next Shaunie O’Neal!
According to the report by The Insider, a source with knowledge of the situation said, “No disrespect to the other ladies but ‘Basketball Wives’ just isn’t Vanessa’s style.”
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON EVELYN & JEN’S TWITTER WAR? DISSAPOINTED VANESSA TURNED DOWN BASKETBALL WIVES?
Shaunie O’Neal has turned being an ex-wife (or former girlfriend) of an NBA player into a new career and now that Vanessa Bryant is divorcing the uber famous Kobe Bryant that makes her a prime candidate for a certain VH1 show!
TMZ is reporting that the producers for Basketball Wives LA are hoping to score Vanessa for next season and sources reveal they are putting together an “extremely lucrative pitch for Vanessa,” in the hopes she’ll sell out her dignity for the chance to on-air tussle with the likes of Jackie Christie. According to insiders if Vanessa accepts the offer producers will be casting her in a lead role in the upcoming season!
Apparently, producers would have never asked Vanessa to the join the cast while she was still married to Kobe, but now that she is a free agent, so to speak, the door is wide open for her to stir up some major drama on the already insane show.
Rumors of Vanessa’s rather interesting behavior have been circulating the net for years and I’m sure many of the basketball wives have had first-hand experience with the controversial Vanessa! “Vanessa has more than enough storyline and would bring the show to another level,” a source explains.
Especially considering the details of why Vanessa’s marriage to Kobe ended! Many believe Kobe’s affair with Kim Kardashian‘s close friend, Carla DiBello was the final straw that pushed Vanessa to file!
Another reason producers have waited so long to approach Vanessa is budget constraints. Before the show was a breakout hit for Vh1 the budget was very tight — which necessitated they hire desperate famewhores (ahem… Evelyn Lozada) and wives or girlfriends of less famous players. Now that the show is a hit, attracting a huge audience and branching out into different cities, they can attract women associated with big-name players!
Speaking of budget, Vanessa isn’t going to be counting her pennies anytime soon. New details of her divorce settlement are being leaked and I have to say she is taking the Ivana Trump route: “Don’t get mad, get everything!”
Vanessa is apparently scoring not one, not two, but THREE Newport Beach mansions in the divorce as well as an estimated $75 Million dollars — which is about half of their total assets. Remember, Vanessa and Kobe married when his career was just taking off and allegedly they do not have a pre-nup!
Sources close to the proceedings told TMZ the property settlement agreement has been signed and is official. Vanessa will retain control of the mansion the couple was living in prior to filing for divorce, the estate her mother is living in and the new estate the couple has been renovating for the past two years and has just been completed. No word on Kobe’s new digs!
If this true, Vanessa would definitely be a HUGE score for Basketball Wives L.A.!
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DO YOU WANT TO SEE VANESSA ON BASKETBALL WIVES? DO YOU THINK SHE WILL SIGN ONTO THE SHOW?
The Insider is confirming that VH1 has greenlit an all new season though no date has been set on when it will return to airwaves. Sources reveal Jackie Christie will be returning despite the fact that her costars have repeatedly stated they want nothing to do with her. Can’t blame VH1 though because Jackie brings the cray and the drama!
Even better, Wacky Jackie is also reportedly working to get her own spinoff show!
“Jackie will have a full plate in 2012 as she prepares to release her new book aimed couples, and how to focus on intimacy. We’re also told she just shot a pilot for BET,” states The Insider.
Interesting. This, however, wouldn’t mark the first time Jackie’s had her own reality show as she and her husband, retired NBA player Doug Christie, actually had a show on BET back in 2006 titled The Christies Committed.
TELL US – EXCITED ABOUT A SECOND SEASON? WOULD YOU WATCH A JACKIE SPINOFF?