Shaunie O’Neal‘s supposed mishandling of the ‘Basketball Wives’ TV empire has given VH1 cause to pause.
Full report below…
Shaunie would argue with the girls then look like she dared them to argue back so they could get fired lmfao
— G. – read my bio before you react to my tweets. (@sheis_G) December 6, 2019
As the ex-wife of Shaquille O’Neal, Shaunie bagged a role as star and “producer” of ‘Basketball Wives’...a TV series following the lives of women linked to the lucrative sport.
A spinoff named ‘Basketball Wives LA’ was born shortly after and eclipsed O’Neal’s version of the show in popularity thanks to storylines fronted by Draya Michele, The Govan sisters, Brandi Maxiell, Jackie Christie and Malaysia Pargo.
When Shaunie’s series was quietly cancelled, she and her Miami cast mates made their way to Los Angeles to colonise its thriving spinoff and push any Wives who were opposed to the takeover out of the picture.
The sum of the move?
A crossover project fronted by Wives from both shows.
Today, well-placed sources allege that VH1 may be set to dissolve any power O’Neal holds as a producer because it feels she is to blame for running two ‘Basketball Wives’ shows into the ground.
It will hurt the show if you keep getting rid of everyone you can’t bully around
— ah331 (@ahluv2) December 4, 2019
Shaunie went on live and said fans are too invested in this show as a rebuttal to Evelyn’s behavior so I’ll invest my time elsewhere and let those ratings drop🤷🏾♀️ #BasketballWives
— eliza thornberry (@_LikeJason) October 10, 2019
It was incredibly dumb of shaunie to get on live and tell viewers that they are too invested in #basketballwives. Without invested viewers there is no show, you clown. Suddenly we’re “too invested” because no one is siding with her and miss ancestry DNA, evilyn.
— CWT (@CWatchesThings) October 7, 2019
So Shaunie got on IG Live & said people are too invested in the show & it’s entertainment. There’s nothing entertaining about colorism. And Evelyn is still trying to explain how black she is. They are so out of touch. #basketballwives #bbwla
— Tia (@arollingbeauty) October 5, 2019
This will be my last season of @BasketballWives if some serious changes aren’t made. The hypocrisy is out of control. 2 sets of rules. Blatant favoritism. Back peddling when caught. Blaming fans for being “too invested” #BBWReunion pic.twitter.com/v1fF2nsLLw
— MommaBearMo (@MommaBearMo) October 10, 2019
Decision time for this former wife of a permanent A+ list athlete turned nonstop spokesperson for any company that will write a check. The former wife is now a reality star but also a producer. She is going to have to give up that producer title (or at least all the power she had with the title) to stick around for another season.
Simply put, the report claims the entrepreneur will be forced to relinquish the power she has off-camera if she intends to remain on-camera, and will be unable to call any substantial shots in the show…even if she is allowed to retain her executive-producer title.
Videos like these are said to have inspired the decision.
VH1 is yet to confirm or deny this report, but O’Neal fans have good reason to believe it is true because the platform it emerged on, Crazy Days & Nights, is renown for breaking stories accurately long before they are acknowledged by mainstream media outlets.
Its biggest “win”?
Lifting the lid on Harvey Weinstein a decade before his victims went public.