Basketball Wives has been the subject of negative attention, ever since Jennifer Williams was slapped by Nia Crooks at a luncheon earlier this season. Up until then, the women had been held responsible for their own actions, taking the violent outbursts as they came. But once the star filed a lawsuit, it seems that all the fighting went from entertainment to personal violation. The boycotting did collect thousands of signatures and did get a couple of major sponsors to pull their support, but the VH1 network isn’t pulling the plug on the show.
In fact, the network and Shed Media just announced that the show will be filming a fifth season after the women got together to film the reunion special this weekend. Shed Media issued a statement and explained that the network plans to continue filming Basketball Wives in a more balanced way. “Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance,” the statement reads. ” We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a non-violent fashion.”
It sounds like the voices of the public have been heard. The show will try to level out the fighting with more positive scenes, so the show isn’t all about the violence. In fact, it sounds like the network is ready to instill a ‘no excessive physical confrontations’ policy for the women, meaning Tami and Evelyn will have to find another way to deal with their personal issues.
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