“Basketball Wives: LA” producers are reportedly handing out a bunch of walking papers to the cast of the VH1 realty show. The series is set to begin filming Season 6 on Friday, but it’s being reported that the majority of the cast has been fired.
According to the Jasmine Brand, producers are getting rid of five cast members. Those ladies supposedly are Malaysia Pargo, Brandi Maxiell, Angel Brinks and newbies Angel Love and DJ Duffey. The outlet didn’t reveal why the aforementioned ladies were supposedly being let go, but cited a source who said the “network wanted to shake things up.”
Just because Malaysia, Brandi, Duffey and the Angels are said to not be returning as full-time cast members for Season 6, doesn’t mean they won’t be making appearances. The source said each lady was given a choice to “make a few cameos” next season.
The Jasmine Brand also reported that Shaunie O’Neal, who also serves as a producer, will be back along with Tami Roman and Jackie Christie. Former “Basketball Wives: Miami” star Evelyn Lozada is also rumored to be joining the Season 6 cast. “The network is really excited she’s returning,” the source said. “Evelyn, Tami and Shaunie were favorites in Miami.”
Lozada, who quit the Miami franchise to focus on other work opportunities, hasn’t commented on the casting rumor but did tell fans in an Instagram post Wednesday that she had a “HUGE announcement” to make on Thursday. It’s rumored that she will either confirm she’s joining “Basketball Wives: LA” or reveal that she’s replacing Tamar Braxton as a co-host on “The Real.”
If the “Basketball Wives: LA” casting shakeup is true, fans probably aren’t too surprised that Duffey is among the names of those not returning. In the Season 5 reunion, Shaunie hinted that she was going to fire Duffey after the celebrity DJ called Shaunie out for being quick to let people go from the show.
Shaunie also told VH1.com in an interview in September that she never wanted Duffey on the show because she didn’t feel she was “qualified” and thought her story was “flat.” “Her story didn’t quite meet up to the expectations that some of the producers said,” Shaunie explained to the site.
“Basketball Wives: LA” Season 6 hasn’t been given a premiere date yet.