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Royce Reed calls 'Basketball Wives' boot 'petty and immature'

'Basktball Wives' star Royce ReedRoyce Reed is talking back about her potential recasting on "Basketball Wives" due to her disconnect with b-ballers and her inability to speak publicly about baby daddy Dwight Howard and their son.

Reed, the least favorite "wife" -- she has little or nothing in common with her castmates and didn't know any of them before the show started taping -- has been losing her connection to the show, according to our interview with costar and executive producer Shaunie O'Neal. And a 2009 gag order that bars her from speaking about Orlando Magic center Howard or the son they have together further closed the door on any dishy portions of her life. 

"If they are indeed searching for a replacement for me, it is what it is. It all seems petty and immature to me," she told TMZ.

So the tenously named "Basketball Wives," which follows the exploits of women who have once dated, married or had kids with an NBA player, is courting new women to join the cast. Ones who can share the contents of their lives, perhaps.

Looks as if Reed will soon be a free agent. Maybe she's calling things "petty and immature" because the only claim to fame that she can speak of now is the show. Apparently, you need to actually have a life you can talk about to be a reality TV star.

Costars O'Neal and Evelyn Lozada have proved that it's OK if the relationship between a "Wives" star and an NBA player wasn't a slam dunk, as long as she can still share with the group. 

Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife is now dating actor-model Marlon Yates, and Lozada is dating football player Chad Ochocinco, who has appeared on a few episodes of "Basketball Wives," even though we know him more from "Dancing With the Stars" than from the gridiron. Do we see a football-themed spinoff in the future?

Now we're curious about Reed's potential replacements. O'Neal stayed mum when we asked her to drop a few hints, so we vote for Eva Longoria to replace the gag-ordered Reed, only because Khloe Kardashian already has her own show on deck with Lakers hubby Lamar Odom. But it's probably safe to say that Longoria's A-list stock would plummet if she landed on the VH1 show.

We could see "The Bachelor's" resident villainess Michelle Money in the running too thanks to her affair with Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.

Who do you think should replace Reed? Sound off in comments.

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-- Nardine Saad
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Photo: Royce Reed of "Basketball Wives." Credit: VH1

 
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I THINK ROYCE NEEDS TO STAY, BECAUSE SHE IS THE ONLY NORMAL ONE ON TE SHOW. THE SHOW NEED TO BE CALLED SOMETHING ELSE BECAUSE KNOW ONE IS MARRIED AND SHAUNIE, JENNIFER AND TAMI ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT USE TO BE MARRIED. EVERYONE ELSE IS EITHER A EX-FIANCE OR BABY MAMA. LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT SUZIE, WHOM HAS KIDS BUT NEVER SHOWS OR MENTIONS THEM ALSO. TAMI SHOULD BE REPLACED BECAUSE SHE IS FULL OF DRAMA AND NEEDS THERAPY AND REHAB FOR HER DRINKING. JENNIFER IS JUST A FOLLOWER OF EVELYNS, SHE HAS NO MIND OF HER OWN.

i love the show and the drama! makes me appreciate that I don't have to go through stuff like that! bring on some new people. royce doesn't have the wow factor since she can't talk about dwight.And like someone else stated we wouldn't be interested in any of the women if it were not for who they were involved with so if you can't discuss it, NEXT. Give us the JUICE!!! can't wait for sunday finale, the reunion shows, then the next season!

I do not think asking someone as high profile, A-List celebrity such as
Eva Longoria or Khloe Kardashian would be a good idea. I think adding someone like them would take away from the shows meaning. The show displays everyday women who has gotten seriously, romantically involved, or have bore children with NBA players and how their lives are now or have changed since the status and glitz.

I think that this is what viewers want to see. The everyday woman being able to pull a Baller. Not a superstar that you can see on almost every shelf in your local blockbuster, or hear about every time you watch Entertainment Celebrity News.

I would like to see more interaction with their children or complete families. All that is portrayed is drinking, foul language and backstabbing to one another. You never see them with real men on their arms...Get it together. Royce and her boyfriend are truly a cute couple and the other ladies are jealous.

Royce was my favorite until she made that comment about women needing to go to the gym if they don't want her to date their husbands.

I thought she was just a free spirit, but she's just a triflin' you know.

Oh well. I haven't watched the show since that episode in the first season.

The show is trashy, pitiful, and sadly stereotyped. You can have all the money in the world, but no class.

royce should move on. the rest of them are trash.

OK. Can we say "stupid chicks"? I watch this show for entertainment but they have got to be the dumbest bunch of chicks around. All of 'em cept Jen, looking to give away the goodies for some cash and fame, Royce can leave with her freaky ass. Slapping that chick on her but in the first season and always daning like she's having sex. Just write "here's the booty" on a tshirt for men to see and be happy......you are a freak and a mom--what kind of parents are you chicks? i would be embarrassed to even be your friend let alone have you as a family member. get over yourselves.

I would say Eva Langoria but I don't think she would stoop so lo as to do someting like that. I bet it will be Ron Artest's lady who will be cast on the show next. I am wondering if Tammy will return b/c in all actuality she doesn't really fit in with the rest of the cast.

Please get rid of this entire show. Ugly Royce is has a baby by an NBA player because she wanted to be financially set for 18 years. The rest of this ugly cast are old gold digging money grubbers.

It's obvious why these women are either divorced or kicked to the curb by their NBA associates...they are nothing but trouble. What kind of self respecting wife invents a show about NBA "behind the scenes gossip and drama"? They are all so bitter and unattractive. I'm so glad Shaq, Dwight Howard, Eric Williams and the rest of the NBA players got rid of these hateful malicious women. The only person who is totally real is Tami, but she must work on getting the "hood" out of her and be more lady-like.

Evelyn is so ghetto not liking her at all.She is a trouble maker.Jennifer is such a follower she doesnt have a mind of her own listening to her insecure friends..Tami keeps it real but is very insecure about herself and royce is messy she does play both side but i do like her.Dont get me started on shaunie she is such a troublemaker..always instigating any situation.

Look Ladies Ev,Jen,Shaunie,tami,Royce do ur thing if getten on tv makes u and ur family money than do just don't forget who u r and where came from.Oh 1 more thing Ev u r a jumpoff. You see the oppurtunity to get money from ball players when in all actuality u r Dumnass thats getten played.

How about Kim from the Atlanta Housewives? She, I understand, is now dating a real person who happens to be a professional athlete.

Who cares! These women are all class less....They have no standards and just want to bring the drama. I watched it once and was completely disgusted by their behavior.

Oh please! Not Michelle Money. She made me sick on The Bachelor. I don't think those ladies on BW would not like her in the crowd as she is very trashy!

I only like Royce, Suzie and Shaunie.

Eva Longoria has waaay too much class for that show. Those ladies can't pronounce most of their words. Ax instead of Ask. Ev is just out for the money and once Ocho sees what she is will kick her to the curb. Tami is real! Jen would be okay if she didn't have her sidekick Ev stirring up the crap. I say keep Royce!

They need to cancel the whole show altogether. The only wife on the show is Jennifer, and she going thru a divorce. This show pretty much shows how unstable being a "basketball wife" is. The show show be called Basketball ex-wives & jump-offs. Where I'm from being a "girlfriend" gets you no legal status anywhere.

This show is very entertainting but also a disgrace perpetrating middle age women under a ignorant and childish light.

LoL so funny how so many of ya are saying grown up the show is immature, why can't they be classy women.. Please who wants to watch that boring, everyone loves the loud drama chicks its entertainment funny how ya talking about this and that yet ya know whats going on.. Don't like it change the channel, love me some b.ball wives & anxiously awaiting the return of season 3!!!

your are too a lady don'go down to their level. do what you do best that stay around positive people

Royce is a total misfit for the show. She has NOTHING in common with the cast and is a major negative for the show. She contributes absolutely nothing and watching her is a total waste of time. Also Tammy is a total hood rat and is too ghetto to fit in in.

This show is awesome and the dram makes it interesting and it keeps the fans coming back for more. Shaunie keep doing your thing. Evelyn you're a strong and smart woman, don't let any one walk all over you. Jennifer i love your innocents; continue to keep it real. Suzy you're too scary, stand up for yourself. And Royce, you look a mess in everything you wear. Absolutely nothing looks attractive on you. Royce reminds me of a young small chested boy.

The ladies complain that Royce plays both sides, but in reality, they are mad because she doesn't take sides. I respect the fact that she is not "all in" this wolf pack of women who wouldn't be where they are if not for their ex partners. Makes you wonder what cut throat things they did to get them in the first place. I rather that they keep Royce and get rid of Evelyn who is the worse person EVER.

Tami is real and she is not ghetto or trashy. Tami is real you need to shut up because you dont even sound right VERONICA.!!!!!!!

 
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