*It’s official: Evelyn Lozada is returning to the cast of VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” and two new cast members will be on board when the series returns in February.
Reportedly, Lozada was salty at the network for posting a blog suggesting that she had cheated on fiancé, NFL player Chad Ochocinco. The Hollywood Reporter had cited sources who confirmed she was in talks with VH1 for a possible spin off show. And that possibly may have been how the network lured her back. Lozada also just signed a six-figure movie and book deal.
VH1 also officially announced that Kesha Nichols, whose fiancé, San Antonio Spurs’ Richard Jefferson, broke up with her via email just hours before their wedding in 2009; and Kenya Bell, who’s currently divorcing Golden State Warriors’ Charlie Bell and was arrested in May for stabbing him, have joined the cast.
Last season’s cast member Meeka Claxton will not be joining Nichols, Bell, and returning wives Lozada, executive producer Shaunie O’Neal, Jennifer Williams, Tami Roman, Royce Reed, and Suzie Ketcham for the upcoming season.
If you’d like to see the women in action before the show comes back, fans can watch an unedited livestream video of the wives during their promo shoot in Miami on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET at www.basketballwives.vh1.com and VH1 Mobile.