On Monday night, we were witness to the surprising reconciliation between Jennifer Williams and Evelyn Lozada on the season finale of Basketball Wives. Though we spoke to Evelyn and Jen the day that episode filmed, neither one of them seemed prepared for those events to take place, they both maintained that all they wanted was closure and the chance to move on, away from their turbulent friendship. Today, we got a chance to speak to Evelyn about what happened post-reunion between them (they have talked since then), and what’s in store for Evelyn now that her book, Inner Circle, is out. (And all of this is happening with just weeks to go before her wedding to Chad Ochocinco, and the two are still in the midst of filming their show, Ev And Ocho.) She’s a busy woman and we’re glad she gave us some time to chat about so many things today.
Being a Hollywood ex-wife is a sisterhood, and the five stars of Hollywood Exes share a bond that can’t be broken. We’ve shown you the promo for the upcoming series which premieres on Wednesday, June 27 at 9 p.m., and now you can take a look at some glamour shots of the cast in these brand new photos. (From L to R: Jessica Canseco, Mayte Garcia, Nicole Murphy, Andrea Kelly, and Sheree Fletcher.)
[Photos: VH1/Piotr Sikora]
This is one of our favorite times of year here at VH1, because it’s Do Something Awards season. DoSomething.org has been honoring the best and brightest world-changers since 1996, and VH1 has partnered once again with the organization to broadcast the Do Something Awards on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 9/8c to shine a light on celebrities and regular folks who have made it their mission to make a difference.
Starting today, fans like you can vote to choose the nominees at this year’s show and honor your favorite TV and film stars, plus a selection of impressive young people under 25 who have all made an impact as a result of their worldwide humanitarian efforts. Simply go to the Do Something Awards page on VH1.com to nominate your favorites (or write in your own choices in case we missed anyone). Your vote will hep decide who will get honored and walk the famous blue carpet when the ceremony airs in August. And when you’re through casting your votes, check out some of last year’s show highlights, like Foster The People‘s live performance of “Pumped Up Kicks” and Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler‘s sexy but world-changing onstage kiss. This is not a show to be missed.
“I don’t want to go back…I don’t want to sit in the midst of that anymore,” Shaunie O’Neal told The Insider recently when they asked her about whether or not she plans to return to Basketball Wives for another season. While the announcement was made last night that there will definitely be a season five, Shaunie expressed her feelings about returning in this interview and she was pretty unequivocal. “I have no problem walking away from the franchise,” she said. “The level of where it’s going is out of control.” Shaunie’s caveat is that she won’t return if things don’t get better, so as adamant as she is, she still has until August or September, contract renewal time, to make up her mind. However, she definitely has ideas about who shouldn’t return.
When Shaunie was then asked “If you could, would there definitely be people you would exclude [from next season]?” she responded “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.” As she said, contract negotiations aren’t for a couple of months, so anything could happen in that time, but anyone care to take a guess who she’s referring to?
Suzie Ketcham often gets blamed for running her mouth and ultimately creating problems by talking too much on Basketball Wives. But when we spoke to her at the reunion, she surprised us by telling us that during the season’s showdown between Kesha and Tami, she’s actually an innocent party. “I wasn’t the one that said anything,” she explained, opening up a mystery of just who told Tami what Kesha was saying, and why. Curious!
Beyond that, Suzie says she still tries to get along with, well, almost everyone.
What’s your relationship like with all of the women these days?
I still get along with everybody. I mean, I don’t like Kenya that much, but it’s not that serious.
Do you still feel caught in the middle? It feels like every season there’s another way you’ve gotten involved and get stuck in the middle of something.
Yeah, I think that for me I take the stance that I’m cool with both sides but I’m not involved. Things go deeper than what I know is going on, so it’s drama between those two people. It’s hard, I don’t want to be in the middle, but it’s hard to stay out of it.
In Tahiti do you wish you stepped in more to help Kesha rather than let it play out?
No, I don’t think we “let” the two of them do anything, and first of all, I had nothing to do with the drama between them, I wasn’t the one that said anything. I had nothing to do with it. I think what happened with Kesha was extreme and I did try to step in and tell her when she wanted to call the police, I said don’t do that. I felt like that would have escalated the problem so much more. I tried to go get her bag back, I really did, and Tami said she would have to come get it herself. Read more…
The last time a star on VH1 wrote a book, it became a New York Times bestseller (if you haven’t read Karen Gravano‘s Mob Daughter, you need to pick it up now). So we’re thinking that Evelyn Lozada‘s first book in her “Wives Association” series will be just as successful. The book which comes out today, is called Inner Circle, and according to it’s description, it picks up where Basketball Wives leaves off: “Inner Circle is a jaw-dropping peek into the lives of a group of women married to professional athletes. It will be impossible to determine where real life ends and fiction begins.”
You can buy your copy of Inner Circle on Amazon.com.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending a live television taping, you might not know that it takes forever to film an hour-long show. The Basketball Wives reunion was broken down into two one-hour shows, but the entire thing filmed over the course of a day, for about eight hours (and that doesn’t count prep time beforehand, so it was a very long day for the ladies). There were a lot of issues to get through on-air, so of course it’s going to take a while, and to be honest we’re still surprised at how things ended. Shows like this also take time because the ladies need to be touched up constantly, people get antsy and need to take a walk or take a break, and sometimes you just need to sip a beverage to loosen up and get through it in between dramatic moments.
We were on the set while the filming took place and got to shoot the ladies (and host John Salley) during some of this down time to give you a glimpse at what happens during the commercial breaks. Everyone looks happy, don’t they? In spite of all the arguments this season, we loved seeing that some of the women, like Shaunie and Evelyn, and Royce and Kesha, really do love each other and were excited to have their pictures taken together. Have a look at all our our photos from backstage at the reunion in the gallery below.