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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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Photo: Royce Reed of "Basketball Wives." Credit: VH1

 
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BIG surprise! While I like Royce, people like her(seemingly somewhat reserved) aren't a good fit for these types of shows. They want brash and unabashed behaviours to be displayed-I mean how else to keep the ratings up? It's okay. There are worse things to be than tactful and ladylike

First of all I am a self-professed reality TV junkie… Big Brother, Survivor, Jerseyliscious, Jersey Shore, Atlanta Housewives, you name it, I Love it!!! Ok, I have to admit I did not like Royce on season one … Now because the others are so awful I kind of warmed up to her, mind you she does have some irritating sides … but … After she told Evelyn off on the finale, I was like “you go girl” LMAO. Here’s how I see it …
Evelyn = I was rooting for her last season … but this season her head got so big .. can you say B@%%%#H? Seriously. Everything is fake on her… The marriage to Chad Ochocinco (He had the show where he was dating these girls … a copy of the bachelor … the show bombed so he’s looking else were … props to you my man LOL …LOL … they are both publicity hounds … When everyone stops paying attention to them he will get a younger better looking model. I am sure of that! So on the season finale we find out that Evelyn is one of the groupies that sleeps with all the ball players even if they are married… just like the girl they threw the water on in the first season … “birds of a feather” .. .she knew ROFL
Jennifer = Again, I liked her last season… this season not so much … part of the “mean girl” pair. And her husband if he wasn’t a ball player ….who dates these guys?
Susie = I hated her last season ...LOL ... this season we felt sorry for her cause Evelyn just went overboard on her silly “what did you tell people” … That was stupid. (Poor Suzie was just trying too hard to fit in .. And her actions lead us to despise her first season … but she certainly didn’t deserve what the mean crew was dishing out!)
Gloria = You go girl … Shaunie is mad at her cause her sister had a relationship with her ex … It’s her sister for god’s sake … why you angry with Gloria … seriously is that for the show? Still makes no sense to me at all.
Tami = I can understand going through a divorce it makes you crazy sometimes … We all have to admit Tami’s drunken rants makes the show LOL
Shaunie = The self-professed Queen bee… I would have liked her better if she was the peace keeper between the girls. She is just kind of there, I guess because it is her show? The jury is still out on her … Girl you should patch it up with Gloria …. Not sure why you had to go to the restaurant and be an instigator? … That lowered your credibility about 50 notches. I had to turn the TV off cause it was so degrading for woman… We were ashamed for you!
OK ..1) casting folks get some attractive Woman and some attractive guys … we like to look at good looking people and 2)We like a train wreck … 3) but there is a thin line between entertainment and phoniness .. When it starts getting repetitious then I’m out …
That’s my-speak on this season …

Where did they get Royce from? She is so immature and corny...the way she argues is hilarious. How old is she???? I think Dwight rocked the cradle, because there is no way this girl is over 18 yrs old the way she talks. Shaunie must not had much women to choose from to pick her...

Jumana Kidd would be PERFECT!!! .. if she could handle it ..

Gabrielle Union because her future position as Basketball wife is in the making...

To DK....Basketball wives came out before Football wives

Who cares if Royce leaves the show. She is the most annoying one on there anyway. I never even understood why she was on the show. She was a dancer, not a wife. Just because she got knocked up by a baller, that does not make her a wife. I watched The reunion part 1 show today, and I soo wished Ev would of knocked her a** silly....Shaunie should replace her. While she at it, replace that ghetto trash Tami too!...I love Jen and Evelyn!!

This is sad for me because Royce is my favorite. I'm from the old school and the only one on the show with any moral fibers is Royce. You gotta be attenion needy to survive on a show like that and I'm sure Royce isn't needy. Its sad when television make women feel like the only way you can be beautiful is in a barn load of makeup, false titties, false butts and anything that isn't natural. She is an average girl that knows a $5,000 dress or expensive shoes doesn't define who she is. If she doesn't make the next season, that means hollywood is exactly who I thought they were. A bunch phonies making money off the backs of a lot of weak people. Evelyn is the most dispicable person on the show and she and Ocho deserves each other. Now I know his show was a joke and if his family was real on his show then they must be telling him, "Evelyn is nothing but a whore looking for dollars." What's even sadder is that now that Evelyn has helped Jennifer with her decision on her divorce, she's now wearing a ring. So funny because her husband said to her, "And that's who you're listening to." I feel sad for her husband because as much as he loves her and changed, he doesn't realize that there are never to many apologies and never too many I'm sorries. As well as answering any questions Jennifer has until she feel she can trust him. If he doesn't feel he doesn't need to put work into a situation he caused, then he's more arrogant than I realize. Susie keep moving, you derserve better friends but, Barnes girlfriend is not to be trusted. Tammie is open and honest and you can't take the ghetto out. Shaunie is what it is. Money at the expense of anyone. GOD help us all when the only way to make money is to try and be the worst Human Being alive for a buck. Whether it be from a sex tape, glorified teen pregnancies and being a bad ass, just to name a few. And we wonder why so many things are happening in the U.S. Because you buried GOD in most everyplace in America. GOD help us all.

Royce and Tami are the best ones on the show, getting rid of either one would be a disservice to the show. I can only say that we have enough show where there is a bed hopper. But, I guess that why she is still on the show to see who she will jump into bed with next on the first date.

Royce.....how long did it take u too sleep w/ the guy you were with before ur dad met him >??>??????????

hey royce i love yo attitude i just wanted to say its clearly to see that most the girls dont like you because you keep it to real ! and that just my opinion so do you boo let them hatee . ps you be lookin cutee with the swaq you have you right you dont need 3,000 dollars to look damn good :)

Frankly speaking i think Royce needs to go. Am sure she knew what she signed on for. Her shading portrayal of a woman with class is so damn annoying. Any woman with class, who has an issue with woman behaving like children wouldn't even consider being back on the show for another season. I honestly think she is fake and very childish- look at the way she deals with an altercation with the ladies, like a damn high school girl. She is boring and brings nothing to the show.
Evelyn as ghetto as she might be to some, she keeps it real. Jenifer is obviously not the confrontational type but holds her own.

Gosh Royce needs to go!!!!

Drop Tammi, Royce & Evelyn - I know Bball Players Marry Women With Tact & Class, Who Are Not Alkee's and Their Vocabulary Isn't Limited to 4 Letter Words...Can You Find Them Pleeze

Regardless of what people have to say I like Evelyn and Jen. Their friends and its not that she needs Evelyn their tight and so what. Everyone hates on Evelyn?? Why she is a grown ass woman! She and Chad talked long distance for over & months even so if she wanted to sleep with him on the first night... so WHAT!! Say what you want people she could of put on a fron and didn't she put it out there. Thats what she agreeed to do. So leave the girl already. No man defines her and she has proven that with her break-up prior to Chad. She has her own business and says whats on her mind. Like you don't gossip with your girls about people. Give me a break we all do it, right or wrong it done. Royce, when did you have so much to say? I liked her during this last season but after the reunion can't stand her. She just kept trying to act hard and run at the mouth. Girl please you are just a front. Gloria why are you even there?????? Keep it moving already! Jen, regardless if you sent those pics or not you shouldn't have them where someone could get them. I was surprised by that, I just thought she was classier. I would really like to know who the heck she sent them to though. Tami got on my nerves the whole season. She can't hold her liquor and was always trying to start something. Girl get your sh>> together. Everyone has so much to say about Evelyn.. but look at Tami and how she be actin...

Before the reunion show I wasn't a big fan of Royce but now! I luv her she was open, honest and intelligent. She did'nt lower her standards like the infamous Evelyn she, is no better than a common street thug. Ochocinco you should'nt put a ring on it. Find yourself a beautiful intelligent woman who does'nt sleep with every hud rat that comes along. She is a disgrace to women everywhere!

Some of you are saying the show is ghetto, and hood, well QUIT watching it, im pretty sure there are other shows you can watch, when that show comes on...!!!! insteaad you like the DRAMA too so you sit there and watch it... How lame of yall to talk bad about it but you yourself is a VIEWER also ..

I ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY CANNOT STAND ROYCE. SHE ANNOYED ME THE WHOLE SEASON AND THE WAY SHE ACTED ON THAT REUNION SHOW MADE ME WANNA JUMP THROUGH THE TV AND SLAP HER! WHEN DID SHE GET SO TOUGH?????? SHE HAD SOOOO MUCH INPUT ON HOW SHE FELT ABOUT EVELYN SLEEPING WITH CHAD. I KNOW CHAD AND EVELYN WERE TALKING TO EACH OTHER FOR MONTHS BEFORE THEY MET UP. IT WAS THERE FIRST DATE NOT THERE FIRST TIME MEETING. THERES A DIFFERENCE. WHAT EVELYN SHOULDA TOLD HER IS HOW SHE BANGED HIM GOT HER THAT FAT ROCK ON HER HAND UNLIKE THAT ROCK SHE WAS DROOLING OVER THAT NEITHER HER OR DWAYNE COULD AFFORD. EVELYN WAS RIGHT ON POINT. ROYCE LOOKED A HOT BEHIND MESS THE WHOLE SHOW. HAIR AND ALL. SHE PORTRAYS HERSELF TO BE SO INNOCENT WHEN THATS NOT THE CASE. I DONT SEE WHAT DWIGHT HOWARD SAW IN HER OH MAYBE THE WAY SHE WAS SHAKING THAT BEHIND LIKE SHE DID FOR LUDACRIS ON THE FIRST SEASON. OH WHICH WAS A DISGRACE. I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT ROYCE. IM GLAD SHES OFF THE SHOW. SHE IRRITATED ME. THE REST OF THEM CAN STAY. I EVEN GROWN TO LIKE TAMMI BECAUSE AT FIRST SHE GOT ON MY NERVES. SHE JUST CAME OFF AS A BITTER EX BASKETBALL STAR WIFE! OH YEA LET ME THROW IN THAT SHAUNIE INSTIGATES SOOOOO BAD, BUT WHY WOUOLDNT SHE. ANYTHING TO BOOST HER RATINGS AND KEEP HER VIEWERS ENTERTAINED!!! SEASON 3! IM ALREADY TUNED IN!!!!!!

Dwayne Wade's ex-wife should be the next cast memeber. I'm sure she isn't too please with him having custody of their sons after the divorce.

HELLO

To Royce keep your head up and know all things come to an end. God opens doors and only he can close them. You exempified class and have nothing to be ashamed of. Shaunie keep doing you because if you didn't tell their stories someone else would. Best thing about all of this is you don't force anyone to watch the show so for all you who are so deep in this show because you are living vicariously through these ladies "get up off the couch" and get a life.

Everyone stop hating on Evelyn! Don't be mad because you won't, aren't, or didn't look better than her at her age. Then your sticking of for Royce?!! Really??!! With her needing attention, instigating, mega overbite, no lip having 12 year old body, raggety hair hood rat self. Please. All of you must be raggety as heck. Of course you hate on the pretty girl and love the raggety one right? Bet your also the type who hangs out with ugly girls so you can be the "pretty one". Get some self esteem!

I really do not think Royce Reed should be replaced, she was the most truthful person on the show and boldest. She always stood up to the drama she caused and hung with who ever challenged her. Give her a chance cause some of the ladies were poor actresses and was boring to me. Royce to me kept it real and I related to her better than the others. Let her go under Tami's wings and she will be even stronger.

I like Royce..let her stay. Jennifer needs to check Eve...she might have slept with her man too (she just didn't know the right time to tell her...lol)!!

Everyone on the show is working for a paycheck...drama sells the show. If there wasn't the two evil sister (Jen and Eve), the mean girl (Shaunie), the crazy/drinker (Tami) or the wimps (every extra women on the show) it would not be worth laughing at.

I watch the show for laughs. Not to educate or improve my life. I have enough issues of my own, it is good to see someone else has something crazy going on in there life besides, champagne wishes and caviar dreams. IT IS JUST A SHOW (FOR ENTERTAINMENT ONLY)!!!!

Who should replace Royce? I think the entire show should be replaced with a classier program that elevates women, portrays them overcoming odds, growing in grace and edifying one another. I know VH1 isn't exactly at the forefront of this type of programming, but honestly this is one of the tackiest shows - with the most vulgar and ignorant women I've seen in a while. Go back to the drawing board and try for something more positive and uplifting. Leave the tastlessness to The Jersey Shore.

I really dont care for these Girls they are not Women. If this is the best light that you can show about the female gender then we are lost. All I can can say is they talk about the groupies but I see groupies that just got husband. Evelyn is very sluty and she shows she is uneducated. You got what you have not form hard work but opening your legs!!! FYI birds of a feathet flock together. Royce keep your head up they have picked on you but you reap what you so. Shaunie you are alway trying to act like you are more then you are. You are childish and need to grow up

 
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