VH1 is shaking up the “Basketball Wives” roster!
Hot on the heels of news that veteran cast member Evelyn Lozada is leaving the show, HipHollywood has learned exclusively that the network is bringing back some familiar faces to the franchise.
Brooke Bailey, Brittish Williams, DJ Duffey and Angel Brinks have all been given offers to return for season 10. We’re told the four ladies in particular have all said yes and filming is set start soon.
They will join cast members Jackie Christie, Malaysia Pargo, Jennifer Williams and twins Nia and Noria Dorsey.
Per the source, executive producer Shaunie O’Neal will appear in a limited capacity and “is focused on creating new and fresh content through her production deal with the network.”
Bailey, Williams, Duffey and Brinks all appeared on previous seasons of the spinoff series “Basketball Wives LA.”
A source close to production also revealed that Basketball Wives alum Brandi Maxiell may also rejoin the series for season 10. Maxiell was a cast member on “Basketball Wives LA” and appeared on season 6 of “Basketball Wives”.
As for Lozada, she told E! News’ Just the Sip, “I think that it’s time for me to open up the universe to other things and it’s been a hard decision because I can do it with my eyes closed. But it’s so difficult and it takes so much energy and it’s not the most positive energy.”
Lozada has had a rough few seasons battling her on again, off again BFF Jennifer Williams. She’s also had tifts with longtime frenemy Tami Roman – and was under fire for comments she made to Cece Gutierrez that fans considered racist. Not to mention, she’s been in an ongoing legal battle with Ogom “OG” Chijindu, who are accusing one another of defamation over comments made on the show.
As a result, Lozada says it’s time to let go. “Sometimes you have to say ‘Alright I gotta walk away from this’ – I have to close the door,” she said.