The overly sensitive Shaq reportedly believes his ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal might be bashing him on future episodes, and had his lawyers fire off a letter to VH1 demanding they “immediately halt production on “any further episodes of ‘Basketball Wives’ which make any reference to Mr. O’Neal.”
Shaq’s lawyer is claiming Shaunie signed a confidentiality agreement at some point in their relationship therefore preventing her from saying anything about Shaq on TV. VH1 has however confirmed the show will go on. The new episode will still air tonight at the scheduled time of 10/9c.
Coming of the heels of a rather impressive debut of Basketball Wives, VH1 announced this week that it will be creating a new spin off series called Football Wives. Similar to Basketball Wives, Football Wives will also offer viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of the better halves of professional football’s most elite players.
“Football and basketball are really two very different worlds,” Jeff Olde, executive vice president of original programming and production at VH1, said Wednesday. “In football, there are no guaranteed contracts, so you could be in your heyday one day and out completely the next.”
“The players are also on the road much less than basketball players,” added Olde, “so the family dynamic and work schedule is totally different from the women’s perspective.”
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Tonight is the big premiere night on VH1 as they will be debuting three new reality shows.
The first is Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business. The show follows celebrity siblings Brandy and For The Love of Ray J star, Ray J Norwood, as they try to take their careers to the next level. The duo will be getting the support and guidance of their parents – entertainment manager and mom, Sonja Norwood and talented musical father, Willie Norwood. This premieres at at 9/8c tonight.
Then next up is the premiere of the highly anticipated Basketball Wives, a show similar to the Bravo Housewives series. The show follows the extraordinary lives of seven women who are best friends and either the wife, ex-wife or girlfriend of an NBA superstar. And based on the supertrailer, it is bound to be a drama filled season, which we all love ofcourse. Basketball Wives premieres at 10/9c.
The last show premiering tonight is What Chilli Wants. The show documents Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of music group TLC’s search for love . This premieres tonight at 10:30/9:30c.
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Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business is one of those shows that when you first hear about it, you automatically assume it’s going to be boring, that is until you watch the trailer.
In the new supertrailer released for the show, we get to see the drama and love that goes along with the family business. The show follows the personal and professional lives of Brandy, Ray J, Sonja and Willie Norwood. Sonja is the manager for Brandy and Ray, and decides to take a step back in the professional lives of her children.
Will Sonja really be able to stay in the background? Will Brandy and Ray J be able to step things up business wise? The show premieres April 11 at 9/8c on VH1.
Move over Bravo Housewives! There are some new wives on the block! Pictured above from left to right are Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed, Erikka Moxam, Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada, Suzie Ketchem and Gloria Govan, the cast of VH1’s Basketball Wives.
The show will follow the extraordinary lives of seven women who are best friends and either the wife, ex-wife or girlfriend of an NBA superstar. There has also been some major cast changes since the show was first announced last year.
The series will showcase the lives of these women as they drive the best cars, live in the biggest mansions, wear designer clothes and jewelry and only travel first class. However, viewers will quickly see that all that glitters is not gold. In order to protect it, they have to deal with the jealousies and dramas of living in — and staying in — the inner circle.
The most recognizable of the women will have to be Shaunie O’Neal, soon to be ex-wife of Shaquille O’Neal. Basketball Wives premieres on VH1 Sunday, April 11 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
From what we’ve seen and heard, the show will NOT dissapoint. We also have brief bios and photos of each of the ladies, as well as some secrets and scandals involving the ladies. More of that below –
Royce Reed – The 29 year-old is college educated, and a former Orlando Magic dancer. Royce is described as a firecracker, a strong-minded, driven woman who is no stranger to confrontation. She is also the ex-girlfriend of NBA star Dwight Howard. The two have a son together. Royce is pictured on the right with son Braylon Howard, born on November 18, 2007. Dwight however waited until 2008 to publicly acknowledge his son.
There has also been some major drama between Royce and her ex. After some reports hit the web that Dwight was a bully and a less than stellar father, Dwight took his son’s mother to court accusing her of cyber bashing him, and suing her for $9,205,000 in damages. The douchebag didn’t stop there. He also took Royce to court back in December 2009, requesting that she not be allowed to speak his name on the reality show. Royce has agreed to this according to reports.
Some have accused Royce of being a groupie, she has however denied this saying she dated Dwight for a while before bearing his son. Royce also made some headlines some months ago when she decided to enter a raunchy “dance” contest while in Maimi. The video of that is below.
Evelyn Lozada – The 34 year-old is the ex-fiance of former NBA star Antoine Walker. And yes Antoine is the NBA Player that made headlines last year for being broke after having earned more than $110 million playing professional basketball for 12 years. Not only is Antoine broke, he also owes more than $4 million to his creditors and is facing felony check fraud charges in LasVegas all at the tender age of 33.
Evelyn reportedly bounced once Antoine’s money dried up. But don’t paint her as a villain just yet, as a source tells us Antoine treated her very poorly during their 10 years of courtship. Antoine was reportedly never faithful to her. Evelyn is also said to have a 17 year old daughter. A photo of Evelyn with her daughter is below.
Evelyn Lozada with Daughter
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Shaunie O’Neal – Is the soon to be ex-wife of NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. A lot to report here. The couple married December 26, 2002 and have a total of four children together. Shaunie however had a son from her first marriage and Shaq had a daughter from a previous relationship giving them a total of 6 kids.
Shaq first filed for divorce back on September 4, 2007, citing that his wife was having an affair with her personal trainer. Shaunie denied this claim and they eventually reconciled. This accusation was all the more interesting considering Shaq is VERY WELL KNOWN for his cheating and having multiple girlfriends while married. One of his mistresses, Alexis Miller, got a restraining order against him back in 2008. Another mistress Vanessa Lopez, filed a lawsuit against him in January 2010, accusing him of harassing her.
The biggest shocker however came in November 2009 when it was revealed Shaq was having an affair with Laura Govan, the fiance of fellow NBA player Gilbert Arenas. Interestingly enough, Laura’s sister, Gloria Govan, is a cast member on this show. 5 days after this made headlines, Shaunie filed for separation. It was also reported that Laura was a friend of Shaunie’s.
But before you go feeling sorry for Shaunie, she might not be that innocent. The big rumor is Shaunie was still married to her ex husband Daven Baptiste, when she began an affair with Shaq. Daven was Shaq’s accountant at the time, before allegedly finding out his wife was not only sleeping with his boss, but had also gotten pregnant by Shaq. This allegedly led to the couple’s divorce. Daven has however never spoken publicly about his marriage with Shaunie.
Gloria Govan – Is only 24 years old and is the fiance of NBA star Matt Barnes who plays for Orlando Magic. Gloria and Matt have twin boys.
Above is Gloria’s sister Laura Govan, with fiancée Gilbert Arenas who plays for the Washington Wizards. Laura, who has been on/off with Gilbert since 2001, and had 3 kids with him, was allegedly sleeping with Shaq for the past 5 years. Shaquille’s wife Shaunie O’Neal, is also on the show. TheYBF website was able to get their hands on some email exchanges between Shaq and Laura last year in November. Days after the story leaked, Shaunie filed for divorce. And oh yeah, Shaunie and Laura were also friends. TheYBF site has since deleted the story and emails from their site. A screen shot of the email exchanges between Shaq and Laura is however below –
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Other than her sister’s alleged affair, there’s not much dirt on Gloria though there are rumblings she and her sister are gold-diggers due to their relationships with NBA players. There are also rumors there is trouble in paradise for Gloria and her fiance Matt. There are rumblings Matt has been very unfaithful on many occasions, and the couple will likely not make it down the aisle.
Jennifer Williams – Is the wife of former NBA Player Eric Williams who has played for the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats. Not much on Jennifer, other than a rumor that her marriage is on the rocks.
Suzie Ketchem – Suzie is said to be the social butterfly of the group. She dated NBA player Michael Olowokandi for 10 years and the two have two children together. There are however rumblings that she’s a groupie and tries very hard to befriend celebrities.
Erikka Moxam – Is a personal shopper from Miami. Not much is known about who she dated or is dating to get on the show.
Youtube video of Royce Reed dancing in a contest in Miami. She’s the one in black.
There seems to be a trend with VH1 reality love shows, a contestant wins the heart of the bachelor, only to have him never call or contact her again.
Well the finale of Frank The Entertainer In A Basement Affairaired tonight with Kerry Schwartz winning the heart of Frank The Entertainer aka Frank Maresca. The story however ended a little differently as Frank called Kerry 3 days after picking her to break up with her, letting her know he was still in love with his ex-girlfriend.
This was the same guy who mentioned several times on the show that he was looking for “true love.” Evidently true love means a VH1 paycheck. Plus anyone else notice how he showed zero emotion over Felicia leaving? Perhaps that should have been a hint. In a new interview with VH1, Kerry talks about her heartbreak with Frank, the state of her friendship with Cathy, and what she hopes will happen in the future between her and Frank.
Excerpts from Kerry’s interview is below –
What has your communication with Frank been like since the show?
When the show first ended, it was great for about three days. But then, Frank broke up with me because he said he wanted to give his ex-girlfriend another chance. I feel like Frank didn’t really give me a chance at all. You know, I always wanted to make it work with Frank. We saw each other a few times after the show. It’s really hard to hang out in a normal environment because you’re constantly hiding from people and you have to keep it a secret, so we weren’t allowed to go out in public places and hang out like normal people and have fun together. We were stuck in a hotel room whenever we hung out, and there’s only so much you can do in a hotel room. I guess you can say we kept more of a phone relationship for a little while, but I started to give up on him being that he would always talk about how amazing his ex-girlfriend was, and I felt like he still wasn’t over her. He told me all the time he’s still in love with her mentally, whatever that means. I’m not really sure.
Have you talked to him recently?
We’d stopped talking for about two months, but yes. Frank and I still talk now, but we talk as friends. It’s kind of hard for me to talk on the phone with Frank though, because I really liked Frank, I don’t know about any of the other girls, but I did. He would just talk to me about hanging out with other girls in his hotel room and stuff like that, and I just didn’t want to hear that. I tried to not speak with him anymore for a little while, because I felt like every time I spoke to him it would just hurt my feelings.
Are there hurt feelings, or any resentment?
There’s no resentment, but I feel like Frank didn’t really give me a chance. I feel like on the show he saw that I was trying so hard with all these crazy challenges and all these other girls. I think if any woman goes through all those things for a guy, that should prove something to them, but sometimes I feel like maybe I just wasn’t enough for him.
Did competing on this show change your friendship with Cathy? You two came in as friends.
Before the show started, we made a pact that no matter what happened, we wouldn’t let it affect our friendship. When I found out that Cathy slept with Frank, I was really disappointed in her, but at the same time I was like, OK I have to think about the situation that we’re in. I thought about leaving for a second, but I thought I’d made it too far to leave. Cathy and I are really, really good friends. We’ve grown so much closer since the show is over. Frank actually didn’t want me to talk to Cathy or any of the other girls after the show, but I absolutely fell in love with so many of the other girls on the show. I love so many of them. There’s no way that I wouldn’t keep in touch with them, so that’s also like a really big issue. Cathy and I talk to each other every day. We see each other all the time, and she’s just a really great person.
Do you really see yourself staying in touch with Frank?
At the end of the day, I’ll always remain friends with Frank. I’m always here for him. We’ll see what happens. I’m still talking to him, so we’ll see what happens. I think I have a better relationship with Cathy right now than I do with Frank, though.
It also seems Kerry has gotten over her shyness as she posted some very sexy photos of herself on her facebook page. Some of the photos are below –
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Tough Love is returning to VH1 next month for its third season, but this time around there is a twist!
The latest edition will feature the matchmaking mother and son duo, JoAnn and Steve Ward, as they try to help six couples who are all on the brink of deciding whether to get engaged or break up.
The couples will endure lessons designed to test their relationships on every level. From sex and temptation to money and communication, each episode’s lesson will coincide with issues that make-or-break every relationship. At the end, each couple will determine if they’re finally ready to take a big leap and get married or call it quits and move on.
VH1 Tough Love Couples is set to premiere on VH1 Monday, April 12 at 9:00 PM.
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Dennis and Simone
Dustin and Courtney
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