Shaunie O’Neal talks ‘BBW’ season 5, L.A. cast changes

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    ShaunieONeal3_FPSSShaunie O’Neal warns fans not to expect a complete transformation from her and her “Basketball Wives” co-stars, but she promises that there is growth and that many of the show’s stars have changed for the better.

    She spoke to Sister 2 Sister about what viewers can expect from season 5 and what, if any, surprises are in store.

    Check it out.

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    Tracy: What are the major storylines in season 5?
    Shaunie: I wouldn’t say there’s like one major storyline. You deal with all of our lives and the different things that are going on. It’s so different. We’re a group of friends, but all of our lives are just so very, very different. Mine is more kids and business Evelyn [Lozada] is more business and personal issues that she’s going through or went through and dealing with them… We all just have so many different things going on. It’s like a collaboration of all of those things put together. I can’t say there’s a major storyline. I know everybody wants to know about what happened with Evelyn and where and how she moved on, and we do deal with that. So, that’s a big part of the show just because it was so fresh when we started filming; it was a huge part of the show. It was a huge part of us in real life because we were dealing with that being our friend and us being there for her. If I had to pick one major storyline, I would say that we deal with that quite a bit throughout the season.

    Tracy: Are you surprised that you’re now five seasons in?
    Shaunie: No. If you had asked me this after season 1, maybe even 2, “yes,” but now that we’re here and it is season 5, I get it. I get why we keep coming back. I get that we are interesting enough to care what happens after we end one season going into another. With 5 seasons of us, we’re able to grow with that show… We’re going a different avenue this season just because of growth in itself, and that’s natural. That’s what we’re supposed to do, especially with having something to watch ourselves. We tend to function as adults everyday and just stay in habits and things like that because there’s nobody there to pull your coattail or there’s nothing there for you to look at yourself and say, “This right here, I need to work on this.” We happen to have a TV show that shows us those flaws and things that we have to work on in our lives. Although there have been plenty of things we’re not proud of, plenty of moments that we definitely wish that we could take back, but we’re able to say, “Okay, girl. Here we are 37, 38-years old, and we gotta get this together,” and that’s what we kinda do. We’re working on ourselves. Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not going to be a season of the best situations or the best decisions. We still are working through them, but I will say we’ve grown tremendously, and you’ll see it.

    Tracy: Tasha Marbury is the new addition, but a lot of women have left the show. How much do you have to do with their exits?
    Shaunie: In some cases, I had a lot to do with it. In other cases, I didn’t. It goes beyond me, beyond an Executive Producer. It goes beyond a production level to a network level. When it goes that far, it’s out of my hands.

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