It’s hard to ignore the tension between the women in the cast of Basketball Wives this season, and the subject of fighting amongst the women was brought up at today’s taping of the reunion special. Shaunie O’Neal, creator, producer, and occasional bystander and witness to this fighting addressed the issue head-on. In this exclusive clip which was taped just hours ago at the Basketball Wives reunion, Shaunie spoke out about the situation and said “I feel that all these ladies take responsibility for what their actions are…and after seeing ourselves this season, it definitely was a lot more bad than good.” She continued “I’ve really tried to preach the whole ‘Let’s get some balance’ and now I think my voice is resonating.” Watch the clip below to see the full statement Shaunie told the audience today.
In addition, VH1 and Shed Media who co-produce the show have both released statements about the current media attention the show has received.
“Shed Media US is fully committed to telling the compelling stories of the Basketball Wives in a balanced way. Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance. We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a non-violent fashion. We look forward to working with her and the rest of the cast on conveying more balance in the next season.”
VH1 also weighs in, saying:
“Our viewers opinions always matter a great deal to us at VH1. Lately, there has been a lot of conversation about Basketball Wives, a series featuring strong, intelligent women with very passionate viewpoints which can sometimes escalate.
We at VH1 agree with and support Shaunie and the show producers’ “no excessive physical confrontations” policy on the series moving forward. We are all committed to balancing the candid, bold excitement that the viewers have come to love in the series with storylines and representations they can be proud of. Shaunie has been a strong advocate for a more balanced approach to the show and we, along with our producing partners at Shed Media, are all in agreement about moving forward with that goal.”