‘Basketball Wives LA’ Sinks Sans Draya Michele

Published: Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 by David

Is the end nigh for ‘Basketball Wives’?

It seems so, if its parent platform VH1 takes it wretched ratings into consideration.

Launched as VH1’s answer to the Bravo‘s ‘Real Housewives’ empire, ‘Basketball Wives Miami‘ saw its plug pulled following the departure of its leading lady Evelyn Lozada who sought greener (and undoubtedly more peaceful) pastures at Oprah’s OWN.

Unable to continue without her, two of ‘Miami’s wives (Tami Roman and Shaunie O’Neal) made their way over to ‘Basketball Wives Los Angeles’ to fill the large void left by that show’s star Draya Michele once she quit the series in the middle of its fourth season.

Now it seems ‘LA’ may be following in ‘Miami’s footsteps.

For, after delivering abysmal ratings all season (some of which coming in at under a third of what the average ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ pulls in weekly) the show’s reunion special was slapped with worrying low numbers.

How so?

The highest-rated episode of the season was October 16th’s season finale which drew in 1.82 million viewers.

Modest, when placed next to the 3,320,0000 viewers ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s season four finale attracted on the same platform.

However, fans had hoped its reunion special would see things take a turn for the better.

It didn’t.

Perhaps repulsed by the physical and verbal attacks dished out to charismatic newcomer Duffey, exactly 50,000 viewers opted to turn away from the season before it ended.

Amber Rose, a friend of Duffey’s, had this to say about the abuse she suffered during her time on the series.

My Bestie @iwantdjduffey is literally one of the sweetest people I know. So caring and so genuine. I do believe in the midst of defending yourself things come out in the wrong way…. I know cuz I've been there. I was so surprised on how she was treated on #bbwla tho but hey there's a bestie for everyone and she's one of mine. I'm happy she was the bigger person to apologize for the misunderstanding and she will grow from that. Duff u are an amazing mom, entrepreneur and DJ keep ur head up and remain positive. Let's continue to spread Love and embrace one another's differences. Love you sis ❤️???

A photo posted by Amber Rose (@amberrose) on

Quite interestingly, the last ‘Basketball Wives LA’ reunion to cross the 2 million viewers secured border aired in 2014, when the aforementioned Michele led its cast.

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  1. #ispeakfacts October 26, 2016

    They need new cast and better storylines! They should bring back BBW Miami with an entire new cast watch the ratings go up!

    • LISA LEVINE October 26, 2016

      Love Duffy. They treated her horrible and they are all a bunch of T***** looking hoodrats. Tammy is washed up and old, at 46 years old – girl retire and open a soup kitchen some where. Jackie is bipolar and a lunatic. Malisia or whatever her name is looks 100% like a Transexual. Disgusting group of women. DUFFY WE LOVE YA GIRL

      • Tiffany October 26, 2016

        Lets see how you look! You probably ugly on welfare with several kids with different babies daddies! If you watch show like this where clearly there is nothing but drama your crazy you got your nerves get a life! Hater

      • Jasmine October 26, 2016

        I think Shauni is the problem. Shauni flaunts her producer hat around and it is probably hard to interact with her on film because she is technically one of the casts’ bosses. If Shauni left the show and just produced the cast would be more free to say what is on their minds. I disagree with your comments about Tammy and Jackie. I think their personalities are great for this type of reality show. They are not afraid to exploit themselves on tv as a means of entertaining audiences and that is critical with reality tv success. Obviously it works for them because they keep getting call backs for every new season.

      • mrsredbone October 26, 2016

        Girl bye! Duffy didn’t talk about fighting stereo types in a male dominated job as a DJ until they kicked her ass out of Portugal! She tried it!

  2. AmbeRussell October 26, 2016

    the issue is no one cares anymore. you are taking a group of random women and telling us they are “friends” or should be in a “circle”, when half of them have nothing to do with basketball. the drama is too much and over dramatic. we dont always need a fist fight for drama. we can have normal stuff be drama. shaunie is so concern about who she wants to fire and keep, but has brought NOTHING to the show worth watching actually. even her own family show was boring.

    • Kim October 27, 2016

      I agree completely.

  3. Tonya October 26, 2016

    I like BBWLA I like most of the cast even crazy as Jackie, I don’t think Shaunie needs to bring anything to the table she’s the executive producer and DJ Duffy got on my nerves with them damn waves she’s a pretty and very successful lady but that hair was killing me Angel Love wasn’t nothing but controversy she didn’t know who to argue with just to make herself relevant anyways I hope it stays on but replace a couple chicks

  4. Cheeky Critter October 26, 2016

    Tami and Shaunie had no storyline and bullied Duffy to hell and back. It was so gross and beyond disgusting what that ‘i want to have a baby Tami’ was doing. Angel Brinks should really reconsider coming back to this lost cause of a show. Draya tried to warn her.

    • BYE October 26, 2016

      Girl stop with the bullying crap Duffey opened up her mouth with the “I don’t wanna beat you up infront your daughter”……….. she also walked away before their altercation stop with the bullying s*** I’m tired of hearing it YALL know what you sign up to watch

      • BlackRussia October 26, 2016

        Duffy hanging on coat tails!!! Should of kept her mouth Shut!!! ???How the hell did she have a photo shoot gig on a gifted vacation??? She planned that s***! Bit off more than she could chew!! Just didn’t have to wear ‘knee pads to find out’!!! Tami:) like my grandma said, “Baby, it’s not what you do. It’s how ya do it!!! 🙂 :)”

  5. Tee ted October 26, 2016

    Yea show sucks especially Tammy such a bully b**** game over

    • BlackRussia October 26, 2016

      No that’s the”Grown folks table” Duffy still sitting at the kids table!!!!!

  6. JuicyLipps October 26, 2016

    Once again … The producers brought in a newbie for TAMI or JACKIE to bully.. This needs to be the end of


  7. howwrongtheyare October 26, 2016

    The show never needed the addition of Tami nor Shaunie…I never watched the show for Draya and haven’t missed her since she left…Instead of adding Tami they should have just brought Sunday back or new cast member all together…If Eveyln was such a star of the show, then people would have followed her to reality show, which they didn’t

    • TemperTantrum October 26, 2016

      i agree with you!

  8. TemperTantrum October 26, 2016

    new fresh faces would b a big plus! Shaunie & her nostrils is boring! Tammy’s storyline is old like her! Just put all there kids in a show & I bet you it would b a hit…!

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  10. Pka October 26, 2016

    ANGEL LOVE UNFORTUNATELY IS an EXTENSION OF DRAYA AND ANGEL BRINKS trying to turn h*** into housewives just saying I’m sorry it is what it is.
    Maybe it’s time for new ladies Shaunie. I’ll keep watching Nomatter what because Shaunie &Tami are in it.

    • Iluvwatching October 26, 2016

      No offense to anyone just being honest.

  11. Carol Williams October 26, 2016

    I didn’t even get to see the reunion, I didn’t see it on the schedule period! That’s why the ratings were down. They didn’t aired the show. I am very upset that they treat the Los Angeles viewers like that! It’s not Shaunie’s fault. We love the show here in Los Angeles! Do you hear me!

  12. Carol Williams October 26, 2016

    What they can do is showing the rerun of the reunion finale! So that I can see what I missed! You people are something else! Not you Shaunie ?

  13. Xquisite October 26, 2016

    Storylines were basic and so were the women. They should have worked with Duffy and the Angels.

  14. Love myself October 27, 2016

    Ladiezz I love the show let’s jus try alittl Tenderness

  15. Stella Roberts October 27, 2016

    Tammi, when I was a child I would hear old folks threaten younger people with their lives (I’ll killen)because they knew that they couldn’t beat them )the older people KNEW that they couldn’t beat one on one they were younger, stronger, faster non smoker so WOMAN GET SOMEWHERE AND SIT YOUR BEHIND DOWN NOT NOW, RIGHT NOW

  16. kimberly October 27, 2016

    I love Tammy, and shunie I watch the show every Sunday. I cook a big Sunday dinner get the kids ready for school, 8:00 hear I come Jackie. Love the show.

  17. Sheila October 27, 2016

    Duffy should go back under the hole she crawled out. No one never heard of her. Looking like a Peacock. She’s weak brought nothing to the show.

  18. e Nowqd Redv dibut it ash trjoan ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi October 28, 2016

    Oh well it all entertainment crazy show

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