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Basketball Wives is an American reality television series that premiered April 11, 2010 on VH1. It chronicles the lives of a group of women who are the wives, fiancées and girlfriends, or have been romantically linked, to those in the professional basketball industry. The most specific league referenced is the NBA.
For the first five seasons, the show was filmed in Miami, Florida. A Los Angeles-based spinoff, Basketball Wives LA, premiered on August 29, 2011. After a five-year hiatus, the original series returned for a sixth season on April 17, 2017, with its setting relocated to Los Angeles, effectively combining the casts of both the original series and its spinoff. There have been two more seasons since, both also featuring this hybrid cast. On January 11, 2021, it was announced that the series would return for a ninth season, which premiered on February 9, 2021.
Despite not always living up to its name, Basketball Wives debuted on April 11, 2010, with 30-minute episodes. The second season premiered on December 12, 2010, with expanded 60-minute episodes and featured new cast member Tami Roman. Season 3 made its debut on May 30, 2011, with new cast member Meeka Claxton. The fourth season premiered on February 20, 2012, with two new cast members, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols, and the departure of Claxton. The fifth season premiered on August 19, 2013, with Tasha Marbury joining the cast. According to a tweet from Tami Roman after the fifth season, the show was quietly, although officially, canceled at that time.
On March 27, 2017, VH1 announced that on April 17 the series would be returning after nearly four years off-air, with Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O'Neal, Tami Roman, Jackie Christie, and Malaysia Pargo returning to the franchise. Keonna Green, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Cristen Metoyer, and Aja Metoyer joined the cast as recurring cast members. Brandi Maxiell, Elena Ahanzadeh, and Saniy'yah Samaa also joined the series, as recurring cast members. Hazel Renee joined the series as a recurring cast member halfway through filming the sixth season, as did Jennifer Williams, who was a cast member on the show from seasons 1–4.
As we learned in the show summary even the limbo between being an active show or being canceled provided drama. However not enough a touch of it compared to the show itself. That brings us to the most recent season of Basketball Wives.
VH1’s hit show Basketball Wives serves up its share of drama. Featuring Evelyn Lozada, Shaunie O'Neal, Jennifer Williams, Malaysia Pargo, and Jackie Christie, the show has given us a lot to unpack over the years. From colorism issues to tackling divorces, there's no denying that drama has been at the forefront. And while Season 9 of the show is almost on the horizon, fans are ready to dig a little deeper.
The 'Basketball Wives' cast's net worth is pretty impressive.
Appearing on reality television can be emotionally taxing and can take a toll on your career if you're caught in a scandal. And while the ladies on the show are established entrepreneurs, businesswomen, and beauty gurus, the exposure has helped to build their careers and wealth respectively. However, fans are interested in learning about the Basketball Wives cast's net worth. After all, the drama has to be worth it.
In case you didn't know, Shaunie is the executive producer of Basketball Wives as well as a cast member. And while she was famously married to former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, she has also made a name for herself in the business world.
According to The Cheat Sheet, Shaunie stands to be the wealthiest cast member of Basketball Wives. Sources share that she has a net worth of $35 million that has been accumulated from her work on the show, her marriage, and other business endeavors.
Since Basketball Wives is heading into its ninth season, it's safe to say that she's making the big bucks from the show. After all, the show is known to rake in millions of viewers each season, despite its drop in recent years.
If you're familiar with Basketball Wives, then you know that Jennifer radiates rich girl energy. From her decadent lifestyle to her flourishing businesses, Jennifer is the definition of a woman who works hard and plays even harder — in a classy way, of course.
When it comes to her net worth, she's another leading earner on the Basketball Wives cast. The Sun reports that Jennifer has a whopping net worth of $25 million. Not only is she one of the most popular cast members from the show, she works in real estate, and founded the women's fitness brand Flirty Girl Fitness.
Jennifer is also the owner of the lip gloss line — Lucid Cosmetics — which has also contributed to her growing net worth. Not to mention, she also founded Classy Girl Wardrobe that has become one of the premier online fashion boutiques.
Evelyn is known as one of the more controversial personalities on the show. And while she has her share of fans and foes, she is definitely building her net worth as the days go by.
Evelyn has a reported net worth of $4 million, The Cheat Sheet shares. Evelyn first started out as the co-founder of a luxury shoe store in Florida, later went on to become a novelist, and has appeared in various daytime shows.
The star has also made waves as a model for Khloe Kardashian's Good American brand, and appeared in Nicki Minaj's music video for the song "Good Form." She has even starred in her own reality show, Livin Lozada.
Malaysia has been named one of the fan-favorites on the show over the years. Fans love her loyalty and positive spirit on the show. And she's also quite the businesswoman.
It has been reported that Malaysia is sitting on a healthy net worth of $5 million. She is a jewelry designer and has become a skin care guru, with her own product on the Urban Skin Rx roster.
Malaysia also has her own bedding line that has become very popular with fans, as well as partnerships with different brands such as Flat Tummy Tea and Fashion Nova.
Jackie is, without a doubt, the cast member who's always in the center of drama. And while her relationships can go from hot to cold in a flash, she's also a fan-favorite.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jackie is sitting on a net worth of $10 million. While Jackie has been labeled the "problem child," it has definitely worked in her favor. The site reports that she is an author and "runs her own lifestyle/entertainment company named BSM Media."
Jackie is also famously married to retired NBA star Doug Christie and they currently "run their own publishing company Infinite Love Publishing." Plus, Jackie has also dipped into the producer world by working on the movie Lucky Girl.
Drama Ensues among The Basketball Wives
Former Basketball Wives cast members are rallying behind current star Ogom “OG” Chijindu after the most recent episode of the VH1 series.
In episode three, while the ladies were quarantining together in separate houses, OG sat down with fellow cast member Kristen Scott to talk about her experiences with colorism during the previous season. While it was broadcast to make it seem as though OG was standoffish and defensive the whole time. The truth later came out after the episode aired. She actually shared unedited audio of her talk with Kristen, and it sounded completely opposite.
While the two didn’t end up on the same page when it was all said and done, it wasn’t a completely fruitless conversation. Kristen wanted OG to paint for her the instances where she felt she was a victim of colorism, and OG, weary of trying to explain the obvious ways in which she was treated differently and separated from her castmates. She wanted Kristen and the other ladies to educate themselves. So that they could see how their treatment of her was problematic on their own. Overall though, the conversation was edited in a less than favorable way, so OG exposed the entire thing, which is close to an hour.
“Listen very carefully,” she wrote on her Instagram. “After waiting over 2hrs for this girl to come force an ignorant conversation..I was extremely nice, patient and accommodating..Why this was not shown I do not know.”
Clearing things up, OG said, “I do not care what these people think about me,” adding, “Yes I experienced colorism” and “Yes I experienced racism.”
“I initially expressed my concerns privately to see if these issues could be resolved,” she said. “After publicly being defamed, segregated and called a monkey, I shared my experience.”
She would add that her experience is not “my ‘storyline'” and that she wasn’t the one who kept bringing it up in the new season.
“This is simply what REALLY happened to me..followed by pathetic attempts to do DAMAGE CONTROL.”
“I just now watched only this episode, and I am not surprised,” CeCe wrote. “I miss you, I love you and I am PROUD of you! Yes it’s what they do! Yes it’s what they’ve done many times to me. The amount of disrespect is unbelievable. Nothing was done to address what was done to me…NOT ONE THING. Instead it was amplified for entertainment and never addressed after the fact. What did the executive producer say about that? Or anyone else to fix it or address it? But this is not about me, this is about you. And I will always stand for you…forever.”
Tami Roman, who like CeCe left the show after Season 8, also voiced support for her friend.
“OG, no one can tell you how to feel & you have a right to express your truth!” she wrote. “I spoke to you during the ENTIRE filming and I witnessed first hand your hurt & pain. I’m so sorry you have to continually be the target even when all you want is peace. Toxic ppl love saying everyone else is toxic to avoid accountability. Stay strong friend, the viewers will eventually see & know…it’s not you.”
Even Royce Reed decided to speak up.
“I 100% agree with you. The amount of disrespect I received and favoritism I witnessed for 4 seasons to be blanketed by and dismissed by production edits or cast interviews was depressing. But I went back for those seasons after being told a change would happen. It never did,” she said. “To even excuse the terms used when other networks have respectfully parted ways with cast members for less offensive remarks simply because of ratings is so sad and shows not much has changed on the network.”
Whether you agree with OG or not, the show is certainly using the negative experiences she had as a selling point to get people to watch as opposed to truly addressing it. At this rate, we’re sure OG will be joining these ladies as former Basketball Wives castmates soon enough, and we wouldn’t blame her for running for the exit.
Basketball Wives Can Be Seen on VH1 and Episodes are also Available on Amazon.
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