Shaunie O’Neal and VH1 are pledging to bring viewers a less violent version of "Basketball Wives" from now on.
When "BBW" comes back for season 5 (it’s been renewed for another round!), Shaunie hopes that viewers will get to see a more balanced, peaceful show.
This season tensions on the cast have escalated to the point of numerous shouting matches, bottle tosses and even physical violence. Not to mention cast members have climbed over tables and (tonight) one even snatches a purse to force a confrontation.
Some people are so sick of all the out-of-control drama that they have started a petition to boycott Evelyn Lozada’s spin-off "Ev and Ocho." The action was later expanded to include "Basketball Wives," and advertisers have begun to pull out of the series.
Now, as the cast films its season 4 reunion in Los Angeles today, show creator/executive producer Shaunie is speaking out against the violence. Despite public opinion that the cast wants to act out without consequenes, she stated on set, "I feel that all of them take responsibility for what their actions are."
Shaunie argues that cast members use the show as a mirror and they don’t like everything they see of themselves. They do, however, take what they’ve seen and use it to improve themselves. Still, Shaunie feels that
"We take responsibility. After talking and seeing ourselves this season, this season was bananas," said Shaunie, who also stars on the show. "It definintely was a lot more bad than good. Even when we did have the good, the bad seemed to outweigh it. "
In the past, Shaunie has said that she wants prorducers to make a more concious effort to show more positive moments during the episodes. It seems that the requests have fallen on deaf ears until now. After such a tumultuous season, Shaunie feels that viewers will finally get to see her vision for the show.
"I think my voice is being resonated and Shed Media VH1 have heard me," Shaune told the audience gathered for the reunion taping. "We’re all on this page of getting some balance and getting some good and positive content."
Shed Media confirmed Shaunie’s expectations, expressing that it is "fully committed to telling the compelling stories of the Basketball Wives in a balanced way."
The production company added,"Our producing partner Shaunie O’Neal feels strongly about this, and we fully agree with this stance. We support her as she encourages the cast members to work out issues in a non-violent fashion"
VH1 also announced that its onboard with the initiative to show
"We at VH1 agree with and support Shaunie and the show producers’ “no excessive physical confrontations” policy on the series moving forward," the network said in a statement. "Shaunie has been a strong advocate for a more balanced approach to the show and we, along with our producing partners at Shed Media, are all in agreement about moving forward with that goal.”
Take a peek behind the scenes of the "Basketball Wives" season 4 reunion taping here!
Photos: ‘Basketball Wives’ cast shoots season 4 reunion
‘Ev and Ocho’ being boycotted