A major shakeup to the Basketball Wives cast has been announced. The show will lose two long-standing members who have been mainstays since season one: Royce Reed and Jennifer Williams. Also gone is newbie Kesha Nichols from season four.
Rumors abound that the firings are intended to make the show more positive. However, Reed was legally bound from even mentioning her child’s father, Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard. Because of feuds with many of the other women on the show, Reed was seen in fewer scenes during season four, as well.
According to TMZ, producers shared that Nichols was too boring and Williams was a liability after she filed a lawsuit against Nia Crooks for slapping her.
In an interview with The Insider on June 11, show creator/executive producer Shaunie O’Neal acknowledged there would always be drama on the show, but said some women more than others realized it was out of control and were taking responsibility.
She also said, without hesitation, that there were three castmembers from Basketball Wives Miami she wanted to be let go.
“Immediately. No questions asked. Not anything personal, just not where I’m trying to go. Not on the same page. … If I would like this franchise to keep going, yeah, three would have to go,” O’Neal said.
There is no word yet as to who will replace the three former castmembers.