In the latest issue UPSCALE Magazine, Tami Roman, Evelyn Lozada and Shaunie O’Neal of VH1’s controversial reality show “Basketball Wives” open about their off-screen drama and why Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed weren’t welcomed back.  Get the details inside…

VH1’s controversial water-cooler reality show “Basketball Wives” is set to return for a fifth season, but its stars Tami Roman, Shaunie O’Neal and Evelyn Lozada will be handling things a bit differently this go round.  In the June/July 2013 issue of UPSCALE Magazine, the ladies, who look white hot on the cover, address the public backlash the show received (including an online petition to get it cancelled), fallout from Jennifer Williams’ assault and Evelyn’s spinoff reality show.

The revealing chat also touches on off-camera issues like Tami speaking on her weight and Evelyn speaking on her domestic abuse case that spilled over onto the screen.  And of course, each woman had her own opinion about former castmates like Royce Reed and others who will not be returning.  Here are the highlights:

On the negativity of BBW and the consequential loss of advertisers:

“[It] was so difficult to deal with when it was airing and when it was all over with. I remember saying, ‘what the hell just happened? This isn’t us; we’re mothers, we’re businesswomen. We have to be smarter. We have to represent ourselves a lot better.’”—Shaunie O’Neal

“People were connecting my behavior on the show with the incident with Chad. They were like, ‘Well if she acts like that on the show, then I’m sure she acts like that at home.’ I’m a totally different person at home.” —Eveyln Lozada

“I was very depressed last summer. I was dealing with some things that were going on with my mother and everything that was happening with the backlash from the show. I started eating everything under the sun. I blew up to about 190-ish pounds. I’m a tall girl, so I wear it well, but I was bordering between [size] 14 and 16 in my clothes.”—Tami Roman

“By the time we did the [season four] reunion we all agreed enough is enough. We had a group talk and were all definitely on the same page. We heard the messages loud and clear. We knew we had to do better. It was an eye opener.” —Shaunie O’Neal

On the decision to cut Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed from the series:

“It was a chemistry thing. It just became awkward to film or even come up with a conversation. It just wasn’t working for TV.”
—Shaunie O’Neal

“Royce has been a non-motherf—ing factor for the last two seasons, so it just didn’t make sense anymore. And as for Jennifer—Shaunie is [being] nice but I’m going to tell you this—we don’t condone the incident with Jennifer, but we do reality TV. You know something’s bound to happen when you put a bunch of women together and there’s a lot of behind the scenes conversation and gossip going on. So when Jennifer went on this whole anti-show campaign, it was a little tough for us as cast members.”
—Evelyn Lozada

The fifth season of Miami’s “Basketball Wives” kicks off on VH1 in August.

Jennifer Williams was a “Basketball Wife” with her own lip gloss line, Lucid, and now she is in talks with “Love & Hip Hop” executive producer Mona Scott Young about creating her own reality series. At the “Gossip Game” premiere party she revealed that she and Mona are were ironing out the details. I wonder how this will be..not sure if we will be watching this one, unless there are drinks being thrown..haha

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Royce Reed got on twitter and officially confirmed something that we already knew…that she won’t be on the new season of Basketball Wives.

She tweeted this:

Ex “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams’ Bentley is getting repossessed according to TMZ.

Toyota Motor Credit Corporation in Syosset, NY says she stopped making payments on her preowned 2006 white Bentley back in 2009 and they want the entire outstanding balance of $92,310 paid.

A rep for Jennifer says,

“Jennifer hasn’t been served documents in reference to this lawsuit. Anything related to community property acquired during the marriage, such as the car, is an issue that is currently being addressed in her divorce proceedings.”

“Basketball Wives” star Shaunie O’Neal tells TMZ  she was not the cause of Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed and Kesha Nichols getting kicked off the show.

Friends close to Shaunie (who is also an executive producer) say

she was blindsided and the production company leaves her in the dark about everything after she butted heads with them over the violent direction the show was headed.

Shaunie is upset over the current situation and wants Shed Media to know … she is willing to walk away from the series if it becomes something she no longer believes in.

We knew they were going to make changes but this was unexpected…’Basketball Wives’ exce. producer Shaunie O’Neal has given Royce Reed, Jennifer Williams and Kesha Nichols all got the axe and will be replaced next season.

According to TMZ each girl was cut for various reasons…
Royce was cut because of the gag order issued in 2009 that keeps her from talking about Dwight Howard…but we think Shaunie just isn’t feeling her anymore because she purposely refused to be included in certain shoots because of the way the girls behaved.

Jennifer Williams is too much of a liability because of the lawsuit she brought up on Nia Crooks for slapping her on the show.
Finally we get to Kesha….well let’s just say she is too boring for them to get any good drama for the show. (that just means she is normal) No word on their replacements but we will keep you posted.

If you missed the “Basketball Wives Reunion” show don’t worry we got you. There was so much tension in the room you could cut it with a knife…they even had to bring Jennifer Williams out separately from the rest of the girls with a security escort. This is part one of the two part reunion…I don’t know about you but we have our popcorn and are ready for part two!

On the “Basketball Reunion” everyone was present in the pictures that hit the web after the show was taped except Tami Roman. Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O’ Neal, Susie, Kesha, Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed were all there for their close ups. Shaunie talks about how the girls are going to clean up their image for future shows and have become more responsible about the images they project.  Oh yeah Kenya Bell wasn’t there either but no one really cares about that..lol

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If you missed “Basketball Wives” it went down and Jen almost got her head ripped off by Ev and her assistant.

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Jennifer Williams have pissed off the producers of “Basketball Wives” reports TMZ.

Producers think Jen is putting out this lawsuit to stay relevant and secure herself on the next season because she never had a problem with fighting before.

One source says,

“Filing broad lawsuits when you are as much to blame for the drama, is not the way to get your contract extended.”