‘Basketball Wives’ star Evelyn Lozada‘s seeing her name bounce across headlines after a heated, on-screen confrontation with a co-star saw her hurl a racial epithet – a move that’s landed her in hot water with the show’s fans.
CeCe Gutierrez, a newcomer on the series, was the recipient of the attack as she was branded “Lee Lee” by Lozada during the altercation. Sending viewers into an uproar, Evelyn eventually took to social media to offer an apology for her comment but it appeared to be too little too late as some fans of the VH1 reality TV show are petitioning its executive producer and star, Shaunie O’Neal, to fire her for the infraction.
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“In the heat of a verbal battle things are sometimes said that are hurtful, untrue and totally out of character. It’s not cool – but regrettably it happens. I understand why many are upset by my derogatory, stereotypical reference of another woman of color – and for that I’m so sorry.”
“I extended a heartfelt apology to my cast mate CeCe Gutierrez a few weeks back in which she graciously accepted. Moving forward….I have to do better.”
The petition, which has surged past 4,000 signatures in just a matter of days, can be found by clicking here.