June 07, 2012 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry
Some of her co-stars weren’t very happy to hear Executive Producer Shaunie O’Neal referring to them as a “ghetto hot mess” when speaking with her pastor in the season finale of VH1‘s Basketball Wives; namely, Royce Reed. But now, O’Neal is explaining what she really meant, defending her words…and that whole fish prank in Tahiti.
A ghetto hot mess? Is that what Shaunie O’Neal really thinks of her Basketball Wives co-stars? Not exactly.
“I have to be verrry careful with my words because some of these ladies are really my friend, and at the same time, I don’t think I have to say this person’s name or that person’s name, the ones that are my friends and know that I love them know I have their best interests at heart,” O’Neal explains to VH1.
“I don’t mean any individual is a hot ghetto mess, I mean the show in itself,” she continues. “And when I was talking to [my pastor], I was talking about the show. I know we get accused of, ‘Oh, that was just ghetto!’ and that’s what I meant.”
As for her part in hiding the dead fish in Kenya Bell‘s room, Shaunie doesn’t think that it was as bad as it may have come across.
“Honestly, Tahiti was probably the most boring trip we’ve ever taken on the show and there was absolutely nothing to do; we just sat around, it was like Real World, we had mics on almost twenty four hours a day, we don’t normally film like that, but there really was nothing to do there, so we were really like, let’s play a practical joke, and that’s how that happened,” says O’Neal. “I think if we didn’t have the Tami and Kesha fight it probably would have been funnier or maybe more lighthearted than it came out to be, but it was honestly just out of boredom.”
What do you think RTVM: Would the fish prank have been funny if Tami and Kesha’s argument hadn’t put a damper on the trip?
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