Just to make a long story short, this past Monday was part one of the Basketball Wives: Los Angeles reunion show. Throughout the reunion, reality star and NBA player Matt Barnes wife Gloria Govan repeatedly said, “If weren’t for me, Basketball Wives LA wouldn’t exist,” which pissed off people on Twitter and the blogosphere. After the episode aired, Basketball Wives reality star Evelyn Lozada and executive producer Shaunie O’Neal took to their Twitter accounts and responded that Gloria’s statement wasn’t true. Necole Bitchie interviewed Gloria and she discussed everything that happened during the reunion, Evelyn and Shaunie’s responses and much more. Below are some highlights:
Did you watch the reunion?
No, but I feel like I didn’t have to because I was scanning through twitter. What really irritated me is that people misconstrued how I… well honestly, that whole reunion was crazy. They didn’t air my response in terms of what I said back to Bambi, they took my comment about the spinoff way out of context. It was just really frustrating…
What’s your response to Evelyn and Shaunie’s tweets?
To Shaunie, she didn’t have anything directly to say, she kind of jumped on the bandwagon because she knows what’s up. In terms of Evelyn she needs to stay in her lane, I understand she’s on Shaunie’s side no matter what because that’s her home girl. Evelyn out of all people should understand how spinoff’s work.
I knew if I had to respond to really anybody I was going to have to go into full length conversations, so I just left it all alone (on twitter). That’s how I felt about Evelyn, like girl you of all people need to stop talking, I don’t know if that headbutt got you all delusional or what but she knows what’s up.
Why do you think everyone got offended by your statement that Basketball Wives LA was created because of you?
It is obviously the power of editing. I wasn’t saying I was the creator of Basketball Wives, the franchise, period. I’m just saying that If I had not moved to LA there would not have been the spinoff. If this was Shaunie’s show, if she created it, like I said before she spends half her time in LA, she could’ve had her own show, and if she was this big and bad ass producer why would she even give my sister an opportunity to be on the show? I think that’s why she is not directly responding because, those who know the truth, know the truth, about how she didn’t create Basketball Wives at all and how we both had an opportunity to do a basketball wives spinoff, and my group stuck and that’s why she is just doing basketball wives Miami. You don’t see Shaunie on Basketball Wives LA at all. You don’t even see her in the background at a restaurant. She’s not anywhere to be seen because she has no involvement in it whatsoever.
So your saying there was going to be a spinoff between you and Shaunie, and your group got chosen?
When I moved to LA , Shaunie lived out here too and VH1 approached both of us. They told me to go out and get a group of girls, and told Shaunie to go out and get a group of girls, and whoever’s group sticks will get the spinoff. That’s how the spinoff happened. Even Draya had said it at the reunion. She said, “You’re the reason why we are all here making money, and how the opportunity came to me’ and that was all I had to say. And I said that in response to Malaysia who was like, “I’m the title of the show [A Basketball Wife]‘ and Bambi was like, ‘I’m on here because of my best friend and its all her show’ and I was like what are you talking about.
Would you do another season, if they want you back?
No, I don’t think so. I think at this point I want to kind of branch out in terms of what I want to be doing next season and I don’t agree with the direction the show is going. There is more and more women on there, and I have the upmost respect for Bambi, my sister and Jackie. I just feel like the direction of the show is becoming more of a Bad Girls Club, then it is a Basketball Wives show.
Via Necole Bitchie
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