BBW Reunion: Shaunie Promises More Balance Next Season, PLUS Is Tami Out?


Basketball Wives recently taped the reunion show for season 4 where it was apparent that the negative press the show has been receiving might having an effect.  Shaunie O’Neal says the producers are finally listening to what she has been saying and next season the show will be more balanced with less violence. 

Shaunie says:

VH1 and Shed Media have both released statements about the negative press and the plans to do better.

From Shed:

“Shed Media US is fully committed to telling the compelling stories of the Basketball Wives in a balanced way. Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance. We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a non-violent fashion. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the cast on conveying more balance in the next season.”

VH1 also weighs in, saying:

“Our viewers opinions always matter a great deal to us at VH1. Lately, there has been a lot of conversation about Basketball Wives, a series featuring strong, intelligent women with very passionate viewpoints which can sometimes escalate.

We at VH1 agree with and support Shaunie and the show producers’ “no excessive physical confrontations” policy on the series moving forward. We are all committed to balancing the candid, bold excitement that the viewers have come to love in the series with storylines and representations they can be proud of. Shaunie has been a strong advocate for a more balanced approach to the show and we, along with our producing partners at Shed Media, are all in agreement about moving forward with that goal.”

It is not clear if Kenya Bell was at the reunion taping but she did hang out with Jennifer Williams at Nobu after the taping.

Meanwhile, Tami Roman was not pictured in any of the photos from the reunion taping either so there is speculation that she skipped the show. Additionally, it appears Tami won’t be doing the show next season. Someone asked her on Twitter why she’s not doing the show next season to which she responded: “I actually hope they do well next season-I wish all the BBW’s the best of luck :)”

She later Tweeted her regrets about her behavior on the show and that she is busy working on a new show:

BBW has been a challenging experience 4me-not proud of my actions and have apologized to Kesha-I’m moving on & hope she is able too as well.

I haven’t been on Twitter much, been working on my new show w/ @PhaedraHarris – U know I love U


In related news, Tanya Young Williams, who appeared on Basketball Wives LA,  is weighing in on all the negative press the Miami franchise has been receiving. She reveals some of the behind-the-scenes drama and the outrageous behavior on the shows, saying:

I certainly don’t miss the environment I was exposed to while taping Basketball Wives. It was both toxic and controlling. Women were not allowed to communicate after shooting a scene; women were chastised as if they were children; high-ranking executives would childishly ignore cast members on the set; and producers would “ice” cast members from working when they wanted to garner more outrageous conduct from them. Despite the “friendships” portrayed on the screen, some producers purposely planted seeds of discord between the women, and told outright lies, hoping that conflict and drama would ensue. Oftentimes, when I arrived at home, I immediately took a shower because I felt psychologically and emotionally dirty and disgusting from my day on the set.

Basketball Wives is a valuable commodity to Shed Media and VH1. The women of Basketball Wives should start acting like professional businesswomen and less like tightly wound puppets and demand a balanced show. Working on Basketball Wives is a gig, not a career. If the women don’t want to lose paychecks due to the mounting boycotts, they had better stop fighting each other and join the raging battle against the network and the production company to eliminate the negative portrayal of women of color on Basketball Wives—before their 15 minutes of fame is up.






  • kim

    A day late and a dollar short, these women are not role model for ANYONE so at this point to continue on with this shoe is only self serving their needs and personally I have seen enough. Tami may have apologized to Keisha what happened to the apology owed to millions of viewers including the one apology to African Americans!

  • tonia

    Keisha should not except an apology for Tammi, what she did was very ingorant to say the least. She disrespected another grown woman to the fullest, if you did not see who she was talking to, you would have thought it was a child.

    • Divine

      It is just amazing to me what these women will do and let done to them all for fame and money. That’s what is all about. Everyone wants to be famous and rich.

  • ThePlip

    Tami, Evelyn, Kenya and Shaunie should not be considered roll models for anyone but serial killers…….

  • PYT76

    The BBW Tammi, Shaunie & Evelyn are poor excuses and make us black women look bad. BULLIES, & Shaunie is messy but act like she is a concerned friend to Jennifer, Keisha and go back & be 2-faced. Lastly, Tammi & Evelyn know who to pull that bully mess with, they just haven’t did it to the right REAL woman. All bad azz & bullies have grave sites marked…