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Basketball Wives’ Shaunie O’Neal Claims She Is Not Responsible For Firings

June 18, 2012 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ

Last week we learned that Royce Reed, Kesha Nichols, and Jennifer Williams were getting fired from Basketball Wives, and just before the firings were announced, executive producer, Shaunie O’Neal revealed that she wanted to fire three of the wives, without revealing any names. Now, Shaunie O’Neal is claiming that she had nothing to do with the firings – say what? Read on for the scoop!

“Yes. Three. Immediately, no questions asked. [It's] not anything personal, it’s just not where I’m trying to go. Not on the same page,” Shaunie O’Neal stated prior to the news that Kesha Nichols, Royce Reed, and Jennifer Williams were getting axed from Basketball Wives, but now she says that she had nothing to do with the firings!

According to TMZ, those close to Shaunie O’Neal have revealed that Shaunie knew nothing about the firings, as the production company does not keep her in the loop ever since she clashed with them over the violent direction that the show has taken. Rumor has it that Shaunie O’Neal has let the production company know that she is not happy with them, and is willing to walk away if the show becomes something “she no longer believes in.”

Shaunie O’Neal has told friends that she did not have anything to do with the firings, and she actually found out when everyone else did. Something smells fishy to us.

What do you think of this revelation? Do you believe Shaunie knew nothing about the firings? Is she lying? Are these the right three to fire from the series? Or were you hoping someone else would have gotten cut? Sound off in the Comments section below.

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50 Responses to “Basketball Wives’ Shaunie O’Neal Claims She Is Not Responsible For Firings”

  1. bbasketwives_orl Says:
    June 18th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Why are the people who were victims of assaults getting fired!!!!???? This is ass backwards for real.

  2. Starr Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I am glad they got rid of Kesha Royce & Jennifer as neither of them were interesting anymore but they left one out troublemaking Suzie

  3. Twinkle Twinkle Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I don’t believe Shaunie. If she was so concerned, why would she let them keep the troubled “Wives”?

  4. fiona Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 5:11 am

    i luv R0yce, alwaiz will. i dont care about the others but about Royce, i do. Shaunie, surely u are behind this and i respect yo decision but be careful with Suzie, she is a back stabbing bitch.

  5. Cat Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I’m glad that those three are gone. Royce was not relevant, everyone is sick of Jennifer’s boughie ass and Kesha-punk bitch is all I can say.

  6. ann Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Shaunie is full of crap!

  7. vicky7 Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:11 am

    This is rubbish -Tammi & Evleyn should have been fired-Tammi & Evelyn assaulted people on the show and at the corporation that is grounds for immediate termination so obviously Shaunie is paying these ladies back becz she does not like any of them becz they are not hoodrats like her bestie Tammi & Evelyn-Gladly -I stopped watching and will write to its sponsors to pull their adds n cancel the show-Shaunie is a LIAR n a 2 faced monkey-Go Shaq -Go !!!!!

  8. Summy Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:15 am

    The ones getting the AXE should have been EVELYN, TAMMI and SUZIE!!!!

    Evelyn and Tammi are bullies. Suzie is a big-mouthed tattle-tell who is responsibe for some of the fights taking place, because she went running her mouth!

    I stopped watching a loooooooong time ago and doubt that it could ever get my attention again.

    Shaunie is a SCARY AZZ liar. She knew who would be fired and she wanted them to go because they’ve chosen NOT to allow the MEN (Evelyn and Tammi) on the show to continue verbally and physically abusing them.


  9. WHO DAT Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I’m glad Jennifer is gone………she has gotten to big for her pants and head, bye, bye. Shaunie keep your head held HIGH, there were to much disagreement going on. But as fiona said: be very careful with Suzie.

  10. Annie Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:48 am

    The show really went downhill this season. Royce and Suzie are the only ones I watched it for, and not even that much because I was tired of them being picked on. Kesha was always picked on, too! If you’re going to get rid of anyone, get rid of Evelyn and Tammi. The show will only be more violent as the bullies turn on each other.

  11. Buttercup Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Shaunie is a Liar! You fire the ones being bullied and keep the bottle throwing, and bully Eve and Tami! REALLY! Shaunie you are a TRASHY WOMEN!!! Your Pastor advised you on what to do and did the total opposite!!!

  12. Deja Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Sounds like a lie. Shaunie knew exactly who was getting fired she just didn’t want to look like the bad guy as usual. Just like she says the show doesn’t promote violence and it hurts her (tears) but she allows it to happen and says nothing to the ppl are who violent. (Tami was dead wrong for how she treated Kesha and instead of Shaunie telling Tami, she was scared). Instead of getting rid of the ppl who are trying to do something positive with their lives and themselves Shaunie and VH1 should get rid of Tami-ghetto ass or Suzie-mouthy ass. To tell the truth Shaunie can leave the show because her story isn’t interesting at all either.

  13. yams Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    get rid of SUZIE pleaseeeeeeeee……..she does nothing there. can’t stand her.

  14. J Goodluck Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Tami should have been fired. Why keep a drunken bully around? Oh, I forgot money and ratings. I’m gonna have to change my ways so that I can get rewarded for bad behavior. Hope it works, wish me luck.

  15. honnette Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Love Royce, sorry about the way keisha was treated, have jen got a taste of what she dished out when she was part of the circle, tami and evelyn are bullies and shaunie is a vicious razor blade.

  16. Revr Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    How about we just keep it real and 100!
    Everyone on the show who is “legitimately NOT a Basketball Wife” should have been fired!
    This would have included Suzie and Evelyn( even though currently she is about to be- she’s NOT YET!)

  17. honnette Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I wish royce all the best’ love your royce, keisha i felt sorry for bcuz of the way she was bullied, tami and evelyn are just bullies, shaunie is a vicious 2 face bitch, am happy jen got a taste of what she dished out on royce. Royce good luck with ur acting u were great

  18. Revr Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    How about we just keep it real and 100!
    All of the women who are “legitimately NOT Basketball Wives” should have FIRED! This would have included Ms. Suzie and even Evelyn( even though she is about to be- currently she is NOT!)

  19. Genia Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I think the show took a turn for the worse this year. Shaunie is guilty because she has let this go on, and she has also been guilty of bullying. The whole cast needs to grow up and act like class instead of trash. I don’t blame Jennifer, I would let the legal system work for me too, instead of stooping to the other (ladies) level. As others have stated this is Basketball Wives and how many are actually or were at one time a wife. Very disappointing season!

  20. jo Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Tammi is a bully why does she think she isn’t. She picked on everyone on the show,she has major issues. What can we say about Evelyn she is the fakest of them all.Suzie is a trouble maker too she talks about everyone! I guess if you don’t lick Shawnas butt your axed!!!!!! Jennifer is classy and did not act like a gorilla like the rest of them.

  21. sunshine62 Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Yep – the wrong ones were fired. Sends a clear message to everyone. If you bully and fight you get to keep your job. Great lesson for kids and young adults to see. Truly sad. I watched part of the reunion specials. For an adult to be allowed to bully and threaten anyone should have been stopped from the very beginning. Shaunie mentioned that what you saw aired was only a snippit of what the women were like and was representation of what they were like. It was enough to see that it was EXACTLY what the were like. Obviously hatred is key for this show.

  22. Minnie Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    SHAUNIE: Of course you knew they were getting fired. How did you come up with the numer 3 and those 3 got fired.

    EVELYN (Not relevant) and TAMMIE (Don’t call me a Bitch): Need to be home reading a mystery and not writing a horror story (Basketball Wives).

    EVELYN (Chad is not going to marry me): He’s not even a basketball player.

  23. hoops fan Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    This show should be called BASKETBALL EX WIVES because none of the HOOD RATS are even currently Married to Mostly Former basketball Players!!!! GO GET A REAL JOB!!!

  24. sherry Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    It is sad that people would rather promote violence and bullying then people standing up for themselves! I personal will not be supposing BBW again! VH1 sucks as well as the production company that puts this mess out there!

  25. Just Me Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Royce, Suzie, Kesha and the video girl should have been fired because yes, they are boring as hell BUT if you want to get rid of trouble, you need to get bitch ass EVEYLN off the screen, she’s the one causing all this DRAMA

  26. Kim Edwards Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    You fired the wrong people for the wrong reasons. It seems like the producers like mess and portraying African-American women as violent and ignorant. Evelyn is a good-looking woman but lacks maturity and class. She makes this show look like they are hoodrats. She belongs on MOB
    WIVES with her temper and poor actions. She is very ghetto and it appears that this is what the producers like. The ladies with character get the boot, and the ones with no class get to stay!! This is utterly a shame and you can add me to the list of viewers that will not watch your show anymore!!!!

  27. Pat Smith Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I think it is totally wrong to fire those three ladies. Shaunie had to know what was going on! She does not want to promote violence but keeps Evelyn and Tammi. Evelyn or Tammi should have been let go as they are the ones who caused all the drama! Probably won’t watch anymore.

  28. Norma Jefferies Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Wow its all about the money people please they pay people to make fools of themselves. Shaunie you need to re-think your position as a mother not a good look.

  29. Reggie Says:
    June 19th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Your Right !!! Something sounds funny. After reading this article and finding out that Royce, Jennifer & Keisha was being fired. I was totally shocked. Seriously Shaunie claims she is trying to show the world that its more to these women than violence and being ignorant. Yet you fire the the three people who had not got violent at all this season. Tammi, Evelyn & Suzie are the ones that need a pink slip, if you are seriously talking about making this show a positive image. All four seasons so far, Tammi & Evelyn have found someone to fight or bully. When I first started watching this show I really thought Shaunie was a person who stands for what is right; althought, I am not judging because when she spoke with her pastor in season 4 it showed the world that she do believe in what is right. However, it seems that Shaunie is trying to keep up with the so call “popular girls”. Tammi has been a complete bully this season, to a point where it wasnt even entertaining, it was just offensive to the highest level. Evelyn needs to grow up and stop acting like she can’t control herself then crying about it later. Do you really think those images are positive. I applaud Royce for being drama free this season, I applaud Keisha for atleast trying to avoid the drama and let Tammi look like the fool / bully she really is, although Jennifer made a few fixable mistake (like we all do) when did she go around taunting people to their face looking for a fight, and then waiting for that person to come out for a physical altercation. Shaunie… Evelyn alone destroyed your birthday celebration. When Jennifer & Kenya tried to separate themselves, Tammi, Evelyn and the follower Suzie claimed they were being anti-social, but each time they came around Evelyn was sure to start a fight over a “BLOG”. Some of you women have children watching, what example are you really showing them, Shaunie kids are just babies. If your going to promote and produce a show, be sure that you can be proud of it and not hide it from your kids. You claim the world only see a small portion of what really happens on the camera, yet you choose to show the world the negative images of these women.

  30. Byrd Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Ok here we go…Shaunie is the executive producer of the show Basketball Wives and yawl really think that she did not know that Royce Reed, Kesha Nichols, and Jennifer Williams were going to be axed from the show/! Really!! BULLSHIT!! Not only did she know she insist that they go. She is a very messy person and you can see straight through her conniving down syndrome looking a$$.

    Look at the full picture…Evelyn, Tami, and Suzi were the three messiest tricks on the show. They kept more shit up then Royce, Kesha, and Jenn all put together and Shaunie you know it. You need to be ashamed of yourself. Stop damn lying. Why not fire Tami, Evelyn, and Suzi? Why because Shaunie you are really that low down person behind the scene. You like drama; these are the types of women that you socialize with, all of you have that high school mentality. That is why Shaq found out about you and your lying, scandalous, always trying to play the innocent, good for nothing ass. If it wasn’t for Shaq I would feel sorry for your kids. They all should be ashamed to know that their mom would sell her dignity just to become a factor in life.

    Honesty, Shaunie giving you the sizes of a mustard seed of respect only for the O’Neal’s last name. We would have never known who were if it wasn’t for Shaq, and yet you are on public television promoting ignorance. Are you even for real!

  31. elisa Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I keep saying this show should have its name changed. Evelyn will be a football wife soon, maybe she should start her own show based on that.
    Shaunie you stated clearly 3 need to go! If you would have gotten rid of Suzie, Kenya and Evelyn alot of these fights would not exist. Suzie did not like Kenya and started attacking quick and did her best to get the others involved. She also took back and forth. Kenya was lying all the time. And Evelyn is to judgemental and she is a bully.

  32. Beverly Hill Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    The Basketball wives should be canceled. the show is a disgrace to black women. they don’t do anything positive. the show encourages bullies to be bullies. they kept Tammie and Evelyn because they are bullies but please note the show will not last. Shanie is just another women who married a basketball player and got money but she don’t know how to act either. she allowed the fights to happen. do us all a favor and cancel the show. i don’t see it going past the 5th season. i wont be watching and i will ask my friends not to watch either. they fired the wrong three. Suzie why is she even on the show. they need to get some positive basketball wives but i don’t think they would be on a show like that. i will pray for all those women especially Tammie and Evelyn. i hope they fade away soon.

  33. Mommytb Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Of course, Shaunie knew all about it. We would be stupid to think otherwise. If she was not to blame, then why make the ‘three’s gotta go’ statement? That is too bad. Shaunie, I hope you pastor is NOT proud of you. Good luck with your ratings because many will be tuning out next year; including me! Ugh!

  34. Jackie H Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Totally ridiculous. Shaunie is a liar and should be ashamed of herself for portraying black women this way. She can’t stand the fighting but she keeps the “women” who are responsibile for this despicable behavior. They are nothing more than immature bullies. Cancel the show!!! It’s a disgrace.

  35. suggaplum Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Shuanie had to know, she mentioned breaking ties when speaking to her preacher. Just re-cast the whole show. None of them are wives anyway. Find real wives that are still married and leading positive productive lives. Tired of looking at these women shopping, eating and drinking ooh also acting like hood rats. Black women have enough negative stereotypes to deal with. Some of us are educated, working and not depending on a ball player.

  36. Lenora Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Shaunie knew what was going down, she mentioned breaking ties when speaking to her preacher. Re-cast the whole show as none of the ladies are wives. I’m sure there are many MARRIED candidates that lead positive, productive lives. I would like to see my sisters on television breaking the mold of the stereotypical behaviors we are labeled with. There are too many ghetto fabulous shows on and we need better role models for our children. Stop acting like hood rats

  37. Enough Is Enough Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Evelyn is not marrying a basketball player. So, she shouldn’t be on the show. All of the women who are not married or never married to a bb player needs to go.

  38. Jascith English Says:
    June 20th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    They forgot to fire Shaunie. Afterall she is the leader for the drunken fools. So fake .People who are disgusted by these people and their dramas just don’t watch their show and we will see who will be fired. Bet u they will all be looking for a job.

  39. L.C. DeKow Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 8:49 am

    So many viewers have turned away from this series because of Evelyn and Tami. Now you too Shaunie come under scrutiny for not only allowing these two beasts to behave like the animals they are; but for instigating the firing of the only decent women on the show – then stepping away with your hands behind your back like you didn’t know about it. Please don’t insult our intelligence any more than you already have. I’m done with this crazy b.s. The remaining cast members are not worth watching.

  40. tee Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I think bottom line the girls clearly started hating on Jens’ classiness. Yes she was being a follower in the beggining,following Evelyn Hoe ass and letting her control her marriage and who she befriended but she came to her senses and realized Evelyn is a jealous wanna b in the spot light crazy angry braud.Jennifer, royce, and keysha, u guys deserve to b on a much classier setting.

  41. Harlem 126 Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Shaunie is 1 of many EP on this show and if she was NOT in line with the other ones,,, yes I can believe that she was NOT in the loop on who was getting the ax. As badly as you all talk about Evelyn and Tammi, the fact of the matter is that these are the ladies that keep the show. Tammi stepped up in the Reunion show and so did Evelyn so, cut them some slack. As for letting Rouce go,,, c’mon, she was a none factor on the outside looking in. Keisha is one bitch-ass punk that needed to go and Jennifer wanted to take everything to court so they had to make a move. I do wish that they would have let us see how far the make up bet’w her and Evelyn went. ijs let’s keep it all 100 up and above board. This is a business and at the end of the day, they are ALL in it to make a dollar. realtalk

  42. Hampton Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Tami had something to do with it. I know she said those three got to go. Just my opinion, however business think @Harlem 126 that is true about the lawsuit situation with Jen. Even if Shanie did know who was getting axed Jen, as much as I like her she would have to go because that’s my money your messing with by jepordising the show. Kesha had to go but Royce should stay.

  43. kee kee Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Shaunie knew what three women, she didn’t pull the amount 3 out of her ass. She wants us to beleive that the producer told her of the 3 firings and wouldn’t tell her the names, and she did not ask. She is scary and fake. Jen is getting her karma for what she did to Royce and others, but she should not have been hit. now , i don’t remember if she hit anyone. Evelyn,and Tami are hood-rats and classless bullies; the show has no class now.It should be canceled, someone said Evelyn should be on Mob wives, I agree, but the weakest one on mob wives would beat the brakes off her fake ass. I will not be watching the show. Has there been any talk of the fighting on Mob Wives???

  44. TIFFANY Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 3:51 pm


  45. elaine jones Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    #1 its her job 2 say she didnt know
    #2 the circle is (her) cussn,fightn money makn drama friends
    #3 she threatened 2 walk away IF ev and tami were fired
    #4 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    #5 “I’LL SHOW SHAQ!!!!!

  46. Tina Says:
    June 22nd, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    TMZ was the first to report the firings, I will believe it when VH1 confirms. Until then its all a publicity stunt. Notice Jennifer, Kiesha and Royce hasnt commented nor has VH!. It makes no difference to me i am finished with the franchise LA and Miami.

  47. jkelly Says:
    June 24th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    so what if she knew or not the show must go on they r gone, it serves jennifer right all the while she was bullying ashley it was all good but when she gets it she wants to be all legal and shit deal with it it it wasnt for evelyn tammi would have two piece and a bisquit her ass at ashley event anyway it called reality tv for a reason, i think everybody has opinions just like a**h****, cant wait 4 season 5

  48. nicole Says:
    July 29th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Shaunie oneal you a liar.

  49. nicole Says:
    July 29th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Evelyn tami suzie are the ones that should of been fired.all three represent drama.i agree kesha ran off the mouth to much .suzie is a shit-starter.tami is a sorry excuse for a woman.evelyn is a high temper loose whore.shaunie is a bitter extra.kenya who.i wont be watching no more .you got rid of two money makers.goodbye

  50. Mz. Mac Says:
    August 13th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Yeah Right Shaunie!!! Quite frankly the whole show has worked my last nerve. It’s not even entertainment anymore, it’s a back stabbing! You ain’t my Friend!, throw the next One under the Bus Show!

    I am so disappointed that a group of beautiful, educated, intelligent women could not be more supportive to each other without the degrading, back-stabbing, name calling tactics they’ve consistently subjected each other to. “The ratings were not that serious”

    Shaunie, you’ve lost one Fan & Supporter; get you head right and stop dodging bullet and proactively engage in constructive resolution, instead of allowing families, and friendship to be ruin because you don’t want to take a stand on one side or the other.


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