Does Shaunie O’Neal want Jennifer Williams back on ‘BBW’?

    Shaunie O'Neal, Jennifer WilliamsSince “Basketball Wives” premiered, five women have left the show, and Shaunie O’Neal admitted that some cast members’ exits have been easier than others.

    Season 5 of the show premieres Monday, August 19, and it will be the first without original cast members Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed.

    Season 4 viewers likely remember that Royce’s role was already somewhat limited, since a number of her co-stars refused to shoot scenes with her after season 2.

    “Some of the exits were necessary, just because it wasn’t clicking anymore. It’s hard to continue filming with people that you just have nothing else to talk about or nothing in common with, or that relationship has withered away,” Shaunie explained to Sister 2 Sister without naming names.

    Royce was the cast member doing her own thing as a former NBA dancer, women of whom most “wives” are not fond, but Jennifer was definitely “in the circle.”

    “You have other people that situations made it bad and situations made your friendship different…[things] that are out of your control. I hate to see those moments happen,” she said. “That’s not a great way to see somebody go. I wish some people could have stayed and made it work.”

    Last season, there were eight cast members including newcomers, Kenya Bell and Kesha Nichols. Neither is returning. With Jen and Royce gone, only three original cast members remain: Suzie Ketcham, Evelyn Lozada and Shaunie. Tami Roman, who first signed on for season 2 of the show, will also be back.

    Unlike Kenya, Kesha and Meeka Claxton who were also introduced to “BBW” fans after season 1 and ultimately left the show, Tami is still hanging in there.

    “Well, Tami’s personality is …it’s incredible. You love her, hate her, whatever. You can’t live without some part of Tami on ‘Basketball Wives,’” said Shaunie. “She just brings so much to the show… There’s still something about her that drives you to watching.”

    It remains to be seen how season 5 newcomer Tasha Marbury will fare. Shaunie, who described her as a “true diva,” suggested that it hasn’t been the smoothest entry ever.

    Watch the season 5 trailer below.

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