The soiree for Ms. O’Neal, who recently turned thirty-seven, was sponsored by Cicroc and took place at Phillipe on Ocean Drive in Miami. In attendance were all her closest friends, mean girls and clingers alike (I’m referring to you, Suzie Ketcham!). Celebrating with Shaunie were Tami Roman, newbie Kenya Bell as well as former biffles Jennifer Williams and Evelyn Lozada. Noticeably absent were Royce Reed, who isn’t exactly Shaunie’s biggest fan (or vice versa) and the other new cast member Kesha Nichols.
Speaking of former friends who are usually attached at the hip, The Insider is reporting that the party wasn’t all fun and games for the ladies. A source reveals that Jenn and Evelyn, whose relationship has been fizzling since that fateful radio interview, got into a bit of an altercation at the party… which is perfect since it was being filmed for next season. Funny how that works out, right?
The witness reports that Evelyn and Jenn got into a heated “discussion” (read: fight) that culminated with Evelyn allegedly smacking Jenn with her fancy designer clutch. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if her weapon purse matched Shaunie’s birthday cake? The duel was apparently separated after continuing their verbal brawl, but I guess we’ll have to wait for the new season to see what actually transpired unless a wayward guest posts it to youtube.
After the incident, Tami and Shaunie tweeted one another, saying the party was “interesting and epic.” Not the kind of thing I’d post on Twitter if my birthday had been ruined by throw-down, but I guess I’m not looking for ratings either. It looks like we’ll have to wait patiently for February 2012 when the new season premieres to find out what really happened!
Photos from the fete are below!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SHAUNIE’S CELEBRATION? CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT CAKE? THOUGHTS ON EVELYN AND JENNIFER’S ALLEGED CONFRONTATION?
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VH1 has finally spilled the beans… the original Basketball Wives will be returning for a fourth season on the network. That is good to know, seeing as reports have been swarming about the cast filming in New York City before rounding out the season in Miami. And of course, VH1 is confirming two new cast members for the February 2012 premiere.
Joining the party is Kesha Nichols whose fiance broke off their engagement mere hours before their wedding. Additionally, a more notorious newcomer will be on the show as well. Kenya Bell is described by VH1 as someone who “is in the process of finalizing a divorce from a basketball star and is one of the most notorious and controversial wives in the league.” The network also cites the juicy tidbit that Bell’s “infamous reputation is well known by the other wives.”
As for the veteran stars, the site promises that Royce and Suzie still “attempt to navigate uncharted waters as new chapters open in their lives.” Ooh, it sounds almost cryptic enough to get my attention! Tami begins to make her mark on the business world, while Shaunie focuses on continuing to stir the pot “establishing herself as a business mogul.” Yeah, that sounds riveting!
Of course, after Jenn’sradio interview last season in which she had less than stellar things to say about her bestie Evelyn’s engagement to Chad Ochocinco, their friendship has chilled considerably. The new season kicked off yesterday with a special photo shoot (the photos are below) and live video feed, complete with cast interviews on the show’s homepage.
Speaking of Jennelyn or Evennifer, whichever you prefer, the ladies may still be communicating even if they aren’t actually speaking in “real life.” Last week, Jenn tweeted her feelings with a passive aggressive sounding post that seems to imply that she has plenty of friends and doesn’t need Evelyn. I guess she no longer thinks she misses someone…
And back in September, things got ugly between the former BFFs on Twitter when Jen made a generic tweet that stated: “‘Hoes Be Winning.” Evelyn apparently thought the tweet was about her and went off on Jen. Evelyn’s tweets are below -
My circle of friends gets smaller and smaller & I love it. I don’t have time for part time fake friendships. Keep it moving!
#Youshouldbeembarassed that you are living a double life & no one knows who you really are #fake
I’m the last one to mess with when I know all of your business. #subtweet
I’m a ROTTWEILER & your a mutha f-n CHIHUAHUA. I will chew u up and spit u out. “Keep it moving” #TryMeIfYouWantTo
Shots are about to be FIRED. Lets go! Trust me, you won’t win boo!!!
Kind of sad when someone makes a tweet about “hoes” and you automatically assume it’s about you.
Finally, below are new behind-the-scenes photos of the BBW cast as they shot their new cast photos for season 4! Even in the photos, you can sense the tension between the ladies!
ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT SEASON FOUR? SURPRISED TO SEE EVELYN RETURNING? WHAT DO YOU GATHER FROM EVELYN AND JENN’S TWEETS?
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With the first season of Basketball Wives: L.A. coming to a close this evening, the gossip behind the original Basketball Wives is ramping up with new ladies, new drama and perhaps a new spin-off for one of the cast mates that swore up and down she was quitting the show.
As you recall, Evelyn Lozada announced she would not be returning to the VH1 hit after the network’s blog posted a story about her hooking up with Terrell Owens. Now, normally that wouldn’t be such a big deal for a woman whose professional life involves pursuing professional athletes, but T.O. happens the be the bestie of Evelyn’s fiancé Chad Ochocinco. However, TMZ is reporting that it wasn’t all that difficult to lure Evelyn back into the spotlight. All it took was more money, more flexibility in her filming schedule, and oh… her own show, of course!
Insiders are revealing that Evelyn not only received a raise to return to the show, but she is also getting to call the shots. Sources say Evelyn is choosing to film around her daughter’s school schedule and not miss any of Chad’s games due to being followed around by those pesky cameras.
Not surprisingly, the icing on the cake is that Evelyn and Chad will get their own show which will film the events leading up to the couple’s nuptials. There is no word yet as to whether the actual wedding will be documented on the spin-off, but I’m sure making that happen will be as simple as Evelyn threatening (via Twitter, of course!) to quit that show.
Meanwhile, Evelyn’s cast mates Tami Roman and Shaunie O’Neal are also discussing the upcoming season. According to Tami, the ladies of Miami spent several weeks filming in New York before returning south. Also intriguing is the ladies’ confirmation of two new cast members. Does Meeka Claxton’sfate not serve as a warning to these women? Echoing what must be the sentiments of all the show’s fans, Tami admits, “I’m still surprised at how many people just wanna come into this situation. They should know by now we are not wrapped too tight. But they still keep coming.”
Shaunie is equally unapologetic to the new girls. She states that so much drama goes on with the original ladies during the off-season, that when filming begins, the newbies “just walk into the danger zone.” She adds a passive aggressive “sorry” because that will certainly make the new cast mates feel better! Regardless, and true to the show’s form, Tami promises, “It will be epic, trust me.” I certainly have no doubt about that!
Indeed as TMZ reveals the identities of the two new cast members! Pictured top middle is Kesha Ni’cole Nichols – most notorious for being dumped by NBA player Richard Jefferson back in 2009 via email, a day before their $2 million wedding!
The other newbie is Kenya Bell, who was arrested earlier this year for allegedly trying to stab her NBA husband Charlie Bell. Kesha is reportedly getting along with all the veteran cast members while Kenya is said to be butting heads with them. I wonder why!
Also (hopefully!) epic will be tonight’s conclusion of the Basketball Wives L.A. reunion. John Salley continues to drop the ball mediate as the women go back and forth with Jackie Christie. Here’s hoping some good dirt comes out, but I for one won’t be holding my breath! The episode airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1. Watch a preview clip below!
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT EVELYN RETURNING FOR ANOTHER SEASON? WILL YOU WATCH HER SPIN-OFF WITH CHAD? THOUGHTS ON THE NEW CAST MEMBERS? WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO SEE ON TONIGHT’S L.A. REUNION?
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In a recent interview, Jackie speaks out about the “misconception.” She says, “The biggest misconception is that we are mean and bullies, and we don’t like Draya, but that is not true. We all have something to offer; it’s a lot of judging that goes on, especially because of the way things seem on TV. But once you get to know us as a whole, we all are not bullies and are caring, compassionate women. But we are not bullies—we all are really good people once you get to know us.” Say it one more time and people may just start to believe it!
Of the infamous scene, Jackie, like all reality veterans before her, blames editing for creating a situation that appeared to have all the ladies ganging up on Draya. Jackie explains,“See a lot of people didn’t get to see everything that was being discussed. It comes off like I was being a bully, and it seemed as though we were all just coming down on her, but there were a lot of things that was edited out. Draya wasn’t crying from what I was saying to her.”
She continues, “A lot of things were talked about and said throughout the whole conversation, and yes, I am crazy about my husband, but who wouldn’t be? But I wasn’t just saying it to Draya in a way that came off to be aggressive, even though that is how it may have appeared. Yes, I do have a strong personality, but I also am a loving and caring person.”
Finally, moving on from the Draya drama, Jackie addresses her missing cast mates, Kimsha Artest and Tanya Williams. If you recall, it has been SEVERAL episodes since we’ve laid eyes on those women. Despite a fake facebook page hurling accusations that Shaunie O’Neal orchestrated their absence, both women claim they left on their own because they didn’t like the way their cast members were behaving constant drama.
However, Jackie says we shouldn’t count Kimsha and Tanya out for good yet. She reveals, “I like both of them. I do miss their presence on the show—they are going to come back on a few of the future episodes. We stopped filming now, but they did do a lot of filming separate from myself, because a lot of times we don’t film together. But I do like both of them; I would love to see them be a part of the show again in the future.”
Switching gears from Los Angeles to Miami, recently Royce Reed of the original Basketball Wives claimed she was leaving the show. Once again heading to Twitter to track her career decisions, Royce has changed her tune and decided to return for season four.
Roycetweeted, “Well, As stated last week pertaining 2 BBW season 4 tht things may change and after SEVERAL conversations I have decided 2 return for Season 4. How much, I don’t know because I won’t compromise my career. I was NEVER cut/fired and my decision to return is solely based on negotiations, and messages from my fans. I love y’all and u will see a different side of me Season 4. #ImOuttie”
While many of her fellow cast mates have threatened not to film with Royce, she did receive some love from Tami Roman, who responded, “OK, I don’t know whether 2hug u or smack the ish outta u-girl don’t take me on emotional roller coaster LOL-welcome back ”
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JACKIE’S INTERVIEW? IS SHE A BULLY? ARE YOU EXCITED ROYCE WILL BE RETURNING TO BASKETBALL WIVES: MIAMI? DO YOU THINK SHE WAS EVER REALLY GOING TO LEAVE?
Royce tweeted: “Good Afternoon! As of right now I have decided NOT 2return 4 Season 4 of BBW due 2 artistic differences.Things may change but as of now, NO!”
After some fans wondered if this sudden change of heart was over money (I mean let’s face it “artistic differences” is usually the code name for I want more money!), Royce denied it was over finances. She wrote: “Some things have Nothing to do with money but All to do with images/careers! Never sell your soul! Respect is hard 2 come by! ”
Wow. Even more surprising Royce’s costar Tami Roman then hinted that she might also be leaving the show. “Well ok @Roycelr don’t be surprised-several others may follow…” tweeted Tami.
No word yet on what those creative differences Royce is talking about could be. Perhaps the producers of the show are wanting her to make up with Evelyn,Shaunie O’NealandJennifer Williams in other to remain relevant on the show. After icing Royce out last season by not inviting her to Italy, the three meangirls have stated they no longer want to film with her. And with Meeka Claxton reportedly getting the boot, that leaves Royce with no one to film with except Tami.
And just a few days ago, the NY Post posted the blind item below about Shaunie the show -
“Which producer of a VH1 reality show is fed up with negotiations over contracts for “Basketball Wives?” The producer was overheard telling people that the ladies “better fall in line” or they’ll be booted “like the New York Housewives.”
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Must say the show is in serious danger if Evelyn, Royce, and Tami all decide to walk away!
Photos credit: PR Photos
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON ROYCE QUITTING THE SHOW? WILL YOU MISS HER ON IT?
In an effort to keep that money train going–her words, not mine–Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozadadishes to VH1 about her cast mate Meeka Claxton, being a villain on the show, and her now settled feud with Tami Roman plus the update on her Non-factor tshirts. Check out excerpts of her interview below, followed by head b*tch in chargeShaunie O’Neal’s thoughts on Meeka and her potential return next season.
Do you ever worry that people see you as a villain on this show?
You need to have a really thick skin to be on this show. I know Suzie can’t even watch the show after we’re done taping because she can’t take it, but you have to get used to that and expect that people will label you. I think people take me being honest and straightforward as me being a bitch but I don’t see anything wrong with that. I’d rather be a villain than a sweet girl, that’s not me.
Honesty is such a big issue on the show.
Everyone’s not honest though. That’s why there’s problems with certain cast members. They aren’t honest and they create drama and lies. That’s why there’s the drama we have on the show. Meeka running around and talking about everybody, it got her in a mess. Meeka just came on as a fan of the show, she sent her picture in, she really wanted to be on the show, the producers didn’t search for her. She tried so hard to fit in instead of just being herself and that’s where things backfired.
You never had direct drama with her, that we saw anyway. Was there any more to your relationship?
After watching the show and seeing certain comments that she made like “I felt that they wanted me to choose sides,” it pisses me off because we made it very clear when we first met and it was on film, “Make your own opinions.” We told her how we feel but base your own opinions. But during filming, I told her to her face, “I don’t like you and I don’t hate you. I feel nothing toward you.” She hasn’t done anything to me directly, it’s just that, why would she say that? And this bullsh*t lawsuit she has with Tami, I think it’s ridiculous.
Even before the fight episode aired, Tami had been saying that Meeka was not a victim and that, you know, she raised her hand up and all that. From what you saw, is that what happened?
Look, this is my thing, everybody handles things differently and as anybody knows, Tami has a temper and especially if you’re lying about her and Meeka was twisting around Tami’s words and it’s kind of…maybe you wouldn’t handle the situation that way but when you’re talking about Tami…
Did you ever think Tami’s lawsuit against you would happen?
No, I thought it was ridiculous. I continued to sell the shirts and I’m still selling them.
So what’s the deal with that, didn’t you max out at your 500 shirts?
You know what, I could probably guess that I sold more than 500 but I didn’t look at my quarterly numbers. I didn’t want to come here lying, so I just chose not to know. I didn’t check.
Don’t you worry about breaking your word with Tami? What if she’s upset that you went over that limit?
I’d say that everyone’s here to make money, everyone signs on to this show for a reason, to promote something, so this opportunity came to me, it was a topic of conversation on the show, and I would be an idiot not to profit from it. Listen, it’s a recession!
What does Chad think about Jennifer’s comments about him?
Chad doesn’t really care about anything. We ran into her at the movie theater and they didn’t talk and that made me very uncomfortable, so obviously the fact that he hasn’t said anything says a lot. I feel like I’m in the middle. And it stems from the interview.
Do you ever watch the show and regret anything or wish the fights didn’t happen?
I think everyone does. But you’re forced to deal with things you normally wouldn’t deal with. So you’re already going into filming pissed and and then things happen and it just builds and builds and builds and things happen…We really are nice people though, I swear.
Also adding her two cents about Meeka is ringleader producer Shaunie O’Neal. Of her costar, Shaunie says, “I didn’t spend a lot of time with her, I experienced her on a few occasions, but the most time I spent with her was in Rome and that’s when I figured out that she was a little sketchy…but I still gave her the benefit of the doubt.” However, it was that fateful trip to Italy when Shaunie realized that their friendship wasn’t going to work.
She continues, “I knew she was not going to mesh with any of us. I just don’t find her to be an honest person at all and I think her intentions, I don’t know exactly what they were. We have a mutual friend outside the show who let me know that she wanted to come on and be this star and shine, but the way she chose to do it, not so much. All of us could probably take a vote right now and never want to see Meeka again and that’d be just fine.”
As for a potential season four of the show, Shaunie admits that she’d be just fine if Meeka didn’t return. Um, doesn’t she have control over that? Of course, since Shaunie just simply hates drama (eyes rolling), I’m betting we’ll see Meeka at least a little bit next season.
THOUGHTS ON EVELYN AND SHAUNIE’S COMMENTS ABOUT MEEKA? SURPRISED EVELYN IS STILL MAKING THE NON FACTOR T-SHIRTS? DO YOU WANT MEEKA WILL RETURN FOR SEASON FOUR?