Ex-Basketball Wives Star: Being on Show Was “Sheer Hell”Published by Natasha Fierce on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:39 am.
Tanya Young is ready to kiss and tell. The former Basketball Wives star, who was on the Los Angeles edition of the show for one season, is revealing what it’s really like to star on the controversial series. And it ain’t pretty.
She tells the Daily Beast:
“I certainly don’t miss the environment I was exposed to while taping Basketball Wives. It was both toxic and controlling. Women were not allowed to communicate after shooting a scene; women were chastised as if they were children; high-ranking executives would childishly ignore cast members on the set; and producers would ‘ice’ cast members from working when they wanted to garner more outrageous conduct from them,” says Young. “Despite the ‘friendships’ portrayed on the screen, some producers purposely planted seeds of discord between the women, and told outright lies, hoping that conflict and drama would ensue.”
Young reveals that when fights break out on the show (which frequently happens), even if producers step in to break them up, cameras never stop rolling. When a fight broke out, “the producers struck ratings gold — and they knew it.”
She goes on:
“Tami Roman of Basketball Wives Miami suffered a mild heart attack; marital relationships have deteriorated; and long-term friendships have morphed into childish rivalries. More important, these women in designer shoes, carrying expensive bags, with flawless makeup and perfectly weaved hair, have been reduced to water-throwing, filthy-mouthed, table-running, “b****-slapping” lunatics. ”
Young is just the latest person to jump on the anti-BBW bandwagon. A petition endorsed by Star Jones to get the show off the air is gaining steam, sponsors have already started pulling their support and even ratings have taken a blow. Cast members Evelyn Lozada and Jennifer Williams have been in the center of the firestorm for their lawsuit-sparking feud.
Could it be possible that the days are numbered for TV’s fiestiest housewives?