Royce Reed has a backup plan if she doesn’t get back on the team for "Basketball Wives" next season.
Last week, rumors flew that the soft-spoken former NBA dancer wasn’t being invited back for season three of the VH1 reality show. All of it was just idle chatter as neither Royce nor show creator Shaunie O’Neal had confirmed that cast change.
"For all I knew I was, so it’s news to me," Royce said of her prospective return to the show. "I honestly don’t know. I’m learning just like y’all."
The reality TV star hasn’t heard anything from Shaunie about next season because the two of them haven’t spoken. But Royce swears it has nothing to do with groundless rumors that she and Shaunie are fighting over Shanunie’s new man, Marlon Yates.
"Y’all should have known it wasn’t true when they said he bought me an expensive pair of shoes when you know I like Nikes," Royce insisted. On a more serious note, the reality TV star said that while she’s cordial and polite to her castmate’s boo when they cross paths, she’s never been very close with him. "I have never even held a conversation with Marlon."
But, at the center of casting rumors was speculation that Royce wasn’t as exciting to watch as the other ladies on "Basketball Wives" because she wasn’t as dramatic. Royce, however, admits that she’s not as likely to be at the center of a fight because she does her best to keep it 100 with her cast mates at all times and she doesn’t pick sides.
"If they consider me boring because I don’t talk behind peoples’ backs–and when I do, I own up to it–then I guess it is what it is," Royce said. "I thought that that would be something that [VH1] would want to show–like another side. There are those that have their own and don’t have to use a person’s name to get it."
Either way, Royce isn’t sweating her cast status for next season, stating, "If I don’t, it’s not the end of the world for me. I have other things that I’m pursuing that I’m extremely excited about. It won’t be the last of me."
The biggest project for Royce is her upcoming book series College Girls, which is loosely based on the experiences she had in school. Royce promises that the semi-autobiographical series, debuting very soon, will cover the whole spectrum of issues that students might come across in their out-of-class education.
"Book one of the series is done, so that will be out in a couple of weeks," Royce beamed. "It touches on that side of college that people don’t really tend to talk about: You go through the relationships. You go through the breaks. You go through the pregnancy scares. You go through questioning your sexuality."
She adds, "It’ll have you laughing; it’ll have you crying…it’ll have you with your mouth wide open!"
Maybe we’ll hear more about the book series during the "Basketball Wives" finale, which Royce said gave all the wives a lot to talk about during the season two reunion. She knows because she’s seen an early edit of the show.
"I’ll just say that [the reunion is] in two parts for a reason," Royce teased. "You’re gonna be watching it with your mouths open."
– Sonya Eskridge