I usually try to avoid stories about the “Famous for no reason” crowd, but i applaud this honest interview.
Let me start by saying that I’ve never been a fan of this show. I tried to watch one episode a while back and the fact that none of them were married to a NBA player at the time of airing made me feel like the show’s title was misleading and defeated the purpose. The term “Wife” was used VERY loosely, and that Royce chick just bothered me.
But, I know a few people who enjoy Basketball Wives, and the show had parlayed its way into popular culture, so here you go.
In an interview the show’s creator, star, and former wife of Shaquille O’Neal Shaunie admits that she is not proud of what the show has become.
According to Bossip, O’Neal gave an Interview to Fox 411’s PopTarts column stating the following:
I never imagined it would be a group of ladies fighting and arguing that way that they do. That was never part of the plan.
I hate that it has to be a fight or an argument that gives us 4.2 million viewers. I hate that, but it’s something where I’m working as hard as I can to show some type of balance, because it is there. We do know how to act, we do charity work. I would love a little more balance and we’re going to try to do more of that in season 4.
And when asked about the upcoming Los Angeles edition of the show, which also has her name on it:
I feel like that show, from what I hear in certain production calls and stuff like that, is turning into ‘I have slept with a basketball player at some point of time in my life, so now I’m on Basketball Wives’. That’s definitely not what I brought to the table and not what I would be proud of having my name on. I think that’s a whole different show that I wouldn’t produce.
O’Neal says that she won’t even let her own kids watch the show.
Her show is feeding into the who “Famous for No Reason” phenomenon that has been taking over TV, radio, and the internet for a few years now. This type of stuff needs to end, in my opinion.