There’s a reason you haven’t seen Kimsha Artest on "Basketball Wives: LA" lately: She quit!
Kimsha sat down with HipHollywood.com to confirm that she is, in fact, no longer shooting episodes of the VH1 reality show. Why? She didn’t like the crowd, so she left.
"Some of the women that are on the show, they are not wives and the majority of them are but they’re not conducting themselves as such," Kimsha explained. "I don’t want to be affiliated with shenanigans and drama. The back and forth is uncalled for, childish and that’s just not me."
Staying away from people you don’t like. Hmmm! What a novel idea! That hasn’t been largely put into practice by the rest of the cast. This makes Kimsha the second cast member to walk off the show. Tanya Williams left the show after just two episodes because she didn’t want to deal with the negativity.
Kimsha left for much the same reason, so it was a shock to her when someone set up a fake Facebook account and claimed to be her. The imposter drew attention after targeting franchise creator Shaunie O’Neal. In Kimsha’s mind, it should have been obvious the profile was fake.
"That’s not me. Anybody who read that could’ve known that. That was not me period," Kimsha said. "I’m not a Facebook person; I do have a Facebook but that’s not my name. Whoever it is can go kick rocks. All the negativity and comments, they can kick rocks too."
She added, "We’ll definintely figure out who it is… who done it. I’ve got a good idea, but I ain’t gonna blow them up just yet."
Kimsha also denied that there’s any bad blood between her and Shaunie because they have never met. And Evelyn Lozada is a non-motherf*#kin’ factor to her. "I don’t know Shaunie. I don’t know Evelyn. What beef? That’s fabricated through someone else," said Kimsha.
VH1 has also denied reports that Kimsha was fired from the show, pointing out that her disappearance from the show was completely her choice. How? She just stopped shooting.
“When Kimsha Artest signed on to be in ‘Basketball Wives: LA,’ we were very excited to have her onboard," a VH1 producer said in a statement. "That is why we were confused and disheartened when after a limited number of days shooting she stopped showing up for filming. This is the sole and only reason Kimsha has not appeared on more episodes of the series."
The network has said that although it misses having her on the show, her absence hasn’t affected ratings. "Her minimal coverage on the show was entirely her decision and not that of Shed Media, VH1 or Executive Producer Shaunie O’Neal," VH1 stated. "’Basketball Wives: LA’ continues to be a ratings success for VH1 every Monday night.”