Meeka Claxton not returning to ‘BBW’

    Shaunie O’Neal has cleared up any uncertainty about Meeka Claxton’s future on "Basketball Wives," which has been renewed for a fourth season.

    Meeka has kept viewers guessing about her casting status for the next season of "Basketball Wives," but Shaunie hinted that fans shouldn’t expect to see the only official "Basketball Wife" this season during the next round.

    Shaunie tweeted a link to an interview she did for Chicago’s Power 92, during which she pretty much stated that Meeka had been cut from the team.

    "She’s pretty done, yeah. Paperwork-wise, it’s not official yet, but it will be soon," Shaunie said. "I mean, it just didn’t work. It didn’t work with anybody in any aspect. I hear she wants to come back, but it just doesn’t make any sense."

    And while she was on the subject, Shaunie mentioned that Royce Reed’s standing on the show isn’t set just yet, either. Contracts for season 4 haven’t been drawn up, but the "Basketball Wives" creator can’t say for sure whether Royce will be back.

    "We got a thumbs up for season four, but we haven’t started with contracts and stuff for the new season just yet. So all of it is up in the air right now," Shaunie explained, leaving some to speculate whether or not Royce might request a pay raise. "We know who solidly is coming back. But I don’t know—I don’t talk to Royce like that. I don’t know what her thoughts are. I will find out in the next couple months, though."

     

    One thing that Shaunie pretty much guaranteed was that someone new would be coming in to fill Meeka’s slot on the cast. "We are looking at the right now. We’ve had some ladies that have shown some interest," Shaunie said. "We’re looking around. It’ll be a new face."

     

    Shaunie also spoke more on her crusade to bring more balance to the show. See how negotiations are going when you listen to the interview below.
     

     

     

     

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    Here’s more:
    ‘Basketball Wives’ recap: 8.16.11
    Meeka Claxton handles the ‘BBW’ heat

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