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.

Season 5 of “Basketball Wives” sis about to kick off and they have added a new cast member….

Suzie Ketcham, Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O’Neal, Tami Roman and the new comer Tasha Marbury get sexy for their promo photoshoot for their upcoming season.

It seems as though all the ladies have a new attitude and have gotten even more fabulous and post the pic on Instagram.

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Stevie J showed some love at Tami Roman’s nail polish launch and revealed that he is has a book coming out entitled ‘Taking One for the Team”…check out the excerpt:

On his book deal:

I have a book deal with Simon & Schuster, it’s . Out of hundred dudes, I’m going to do what they really want to do. So I’m a take one for the team and show cats my perception on certain situations in life that men deal with and it also helps the women deal with it too.

On his business ventures with Joseline:

She just got signed–her album deal is done, her book deal is almost finished, her workout DVD and she’s got strips for chicks who don’t like to swallow. The women can put it on their tongue before and its good for like 10-15 minutes when its going down.

On his love life with Joseline:

We’re doing alright. I’m working right now. We’re working right now.

On how he feels since Mimi has moved on, romantically:

I don’t feel no type of way. Look at him, Look at me. Google him, Google me. I’m iconic, I’m historic and that’s that. My relationship was good with her either way, so good luck to her and I hope she’s happy.

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“Basketball Wives” star Tami Roman, just teamed up with a weight loss company NV Clinical for a reportedly six-figure deal…she talks about her weight loss problems:

“I’ve tried to lose weight so many times, but I always gave up easily because the first two weeks are the hardest. Everyone knows that I love food and hopefully can identify with my struggles. I researched and tried NV Clinical and when I saw fast results the first week, it motivated me to keep pushing!”

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‘Basketball Wives’ star Tami Roman was seen on the streets of Manhattan looking very Hollywood! She revealed that has a comedy series coming in January called “Belle’s” on TV One. Also season 5 of Basketball Wives she says will have a lot less drama:

People are really going to be surprised at the approach we’re going to take this season because it’s more family oriented, not as much drama.What you’ve seen in past seasons was real, but that’s not how our lives are 98% of the time. We’re excited to show you more than just the drama.

 I’m a busy mom and I have a new show coming out and I’m focused on that. I’m really a loving person and you’ll see that on season five.

The “Basketball Wives” are realizing their worth and have all come together to tell the network they wan an increase in salary or they are going to according to TMZ

We’re told filming began last week for the 5th season … but Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman and Suzie Ketcham do NOT have locked contracts.

According to sources, the “Wives” are in the process of renegotiating their contracts and they all want major pay raises, claiming the show does quite well for the network.

Rumor has it VH1 is refusing to pony up more cash. Before filming started, execs made it clear that salary increases would not happen and if any cast member had a problem with that … they could be replaced.

Despite the deadlock, we’re told production schedules were sent out and the girls began filming in hopes a deal would be worked out shortly. So far, a deal has not been reached and neither side is budging … so we’re told the “Wives” are planning to walk out next week if VH1 can’t agree to the terms.

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: