Shaunie O’Neal has faced a lot of criticism this season on Basketball Wives, and while she’s occasionally been overwhelmed by it, she tells me the only the the cast can do at this point is take responsibility for their actions, move on, and do better. She tells me she heard her critics loud and clear and has plans for a more positive show in the future, though she couldn’t tell me if that talk she had with her pastor had any ramifications for her own future with the show. It’s all still “TBD.”
More than all that drama though, I wanted to know what else Shaunie has on the horizon, like the film she’s co-producing. And don’t worry, I asked her what she was thinking when they pulled that fish prank in Kenya’s room. Our reunion interview is below.
When you know that there’s going to be a touchy subject brought up on a reunion show, how do you feel?
I don’t ever want to see anybody get into arguments but I know it’s natural, it’s normal for people to argue, not get along, and for the most part I just hope it stays verbal. You guys can say whatever it is you wanna say, just make sure it’s being said, that’s it.
When it escalates, like when the bottle was thrown, what are you thinking in those situations?
I mean, you don’t like to see any of that happening, at all. It’s not something anybody can be proud of. You’re thinking, God, there had to be a better way for this to calm down than what just happened. There is always a better way. Read more…
EDITOR’S NOTE: During the Basketball Wives 4 Reunion Show, Shaunie O’Neal promised that the next season of the show would be more balanced and that cast members would “work out issues in a non-violent fashion.” That said, we gave each of the cast members an opportunity to share their experiences from this season on the show with us, and we wanted to give them all equal airtime to present their opinions to you in an unfiltered way.
Kesha Nichols made a name for herself in an unfortunate way this season on Basketball Wives. Even though she made a lifelong friendship with Royce Reed and tried to stay out of drama as much as possible, after making some offhand comments that came back to Tami Roman, she was on the receiving end of Tami’s anger during a girls’ trip to Tahiti that left audiences shocked and left Tami apologizing for the way the situation was handled. When we spoke to Kesha at the Basketball Wives reunion, she told us straight out of the gate that she wasn’t thrilled to be there, but that contractually, she had to attend. Since she’s a lemonade-out-of-lemons kind of girl, we gave her the floor to go off on one of the positive things that came out of her appearance this season, which is that she now considers herself something of an advocate for people who have been bullied. Here’s Kesha Nichols, mostly in her own words.
So how are you feeling being here?
I’m contractually bound to be here. [Laughs] I have to be here. Otherwise, I would have skipped it.
Do you have any regrets from the season?
Honestly, this whole season I’ve been waiting and hoping that something positive would come, and I don’t think they’ve really shown anything positive about me, about black women, about women in general. And I honestly didn’t realize that I was being bullied when I was in Tahiti, I knew that Tami was being mean to me and that nobody was sticking up for me, but when I watched the episode, that’s when I realized I was being bullied, and I’ve been lucky, never in my life have I experienced that, so maybe the reason why I was on the show was to see what it was like to be bullied and be a spokesperson for people that are being bullied. Read more…
It’s really hard to talk to D.B. Woodside when you’ve already seen the man making sweet, sweet love in a shower. He and LisaRaye McCoy had a few love scenes together last season on Single Ladies that have left an impression on my brain, and I feel really bad that it’s one of the first things I think of when get the chance to talk to him. But after a few minutes (of fangirling over his role on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and gushing over said love scene), he admitted that unlike Malcolm Franks, the real D.B. (which is, coincidentally, his Twitter handle) is a quiet introvert who finds his character, who’s currently on the run from the FBI, to actually be a really nice guy.
You were on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which I loved, so I’m going to force a comparison here, but that was a show about a really strong female, and Single Ladies also has really strong women, what’s it like to be a man in those environments?
You have to take it day by day, very slowly. [Laughs] It’s a lot of fun, I’ve been very lucky and I appreciate that, it swings back and forth between being extremely nurturing and loving and supportive, to sometimes like you’re walking through a mine field. But it’s always educational.
What’s your favorite part out playing Malcolm?
He’s someone who’s very up front. He’s someone who knows his worth, and does not allow anyone to steamroll over him. There’s something about that kind of confidence that I find attractive, he’s just very well put together even though he has his own insecurities about relationships. Read more…
Kenya Bell laughs heartily (and maybe evilly?) when we talk about her reputation as the crazy one on Basketball Wives this season. Because the funny thing is, when she’s in regular, unprovoked Kenya mode, she doesn’t even give a hint of crazy, she’s just wants to laugh everything off. Though we’ve seen her get heated with Kesha and Evelyn this season, she was never in an actual brawl herself (though she admits she wanted to go back for Evelyn after that bottle was thrown), and it’s hard to imagine what would happen if she actually let “the dragon” out.
During our chat at the Basketball Wives reunion, we also talked about that seemingly never-ending fish prank too. Yes, she smelled it. No, she didn’t know the girls were behind it. I’ll let her explain.
Congratulations on surviving your first season!
[Laughs] It really did feel like Survivor! I won!
How did you feel when you wrapped filming?
I was happy it was over. To be honest with you it was a long, tough season with a lot of cat fights, a lot of drama, and I really did feel like I made it through.
Do you think this season of the show was more crazy than past seasons, from what you knew of them?
This season was definitely more over the top than past seasons, I think that there was a lot of drama everywhere, between a lot of the girls, and it wasn’t resolved for the most part. It just continued on. And it’s still not resolved. Read more…
Who knew a night at the roller rink could produce so many storylines? Granted, I haven’t been to a roller rink since 1992, but I didn’t know they were such hotbeds of meeting guys and having your bank accounts frozen by the IRS. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Read more…
One of the reasons we love the Basketball Wives reunion is because everyone in the cast steps up her game when it comes to fashion. We know you guys want to know everything about the ladies’ clothes, so we have a huge gallery of all their outfits and shoes below, and a poll so you can tell us who you thought rocked their style the most on stage.
Amid all the drama on Basketball Wives, we can’t forget that one of the reasons so many people watch this show is because this cast is funny. And there’s nothing they do better than make amazing facial expressions when reacting to each other or impersonating one another. So which faces are our faves this season? Check them out. Our most favorite face of all is after the jump. Thank you, Tami. Thank you.
Be sure to tune in to the two-part Basketball Wives reunion special, airing June 4 and June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT for even more amazing reactions. Read more…
Nora Schweihs grew up hearing that her father, Frank “The German” Schweihs was the most notorious hit-man in Chicago. And now she’s hoping to set the record straight. As one of the castmembers of Mob Wives Chicago, Nora has returned to her hometown with a mission to clear her father’s name and show the world who she is. Unfortunately, she has to contend with a family that doesn’t support her for being on the show, an uncooperative FBI that confiscated the body of her her father after he died, and a lot of in-fighting with her girlfriends. And still, she says the show is the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Meet Nora, everyone.
Mob Wives Chicago premieres Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Read more…
“I wanted to join the Chicago Mob Wives, A) I’m very comedic, B) I got a deadly weapon and it’s in my mouth. And it ain’t registered,” Leah Desimone tells us right off the bat in this video profile for Chicago Mob WivesMob Wives Chicago. Leah is just the right blend of authentic, hilarious, and a leeeetle bit out there, and she is definitely going to make the show interesting this summer. Just don’t ask her to tell you the difference between a Popsicle and a lollipop.
Mob Wives Chicago premieres Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Read more…
“Like most fans, I, too, want to see them wind up together in whatever their version of happily ever after would be, but…it’s gonna be a while,” D.B. Woodside says in this exclusive clip from the Single Ladies set, talking about his onscreen romance with Keisha, played by LisaRaye McCoy. Woodside plays Malcolm who, among other things, has been caught giving money to his ex-wife and helping her escape prosecution, hiding out from the FBI himself, and not informing Keisha of his whereabouts. And still, we root for him and can’t get over all that sexy. Woodside explains that even though he’s far from the character, he roots for him and feels a connection. “He’s a good guy who has a good heart [and] a little bit of a shady past.”
Single Ladies airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Read more…