If you haven’t noticed by now, Kimsha Artest is ghost and that’s because she quit.
In an interview with HipHollywood.com, she confirmed that her face will no longer be seen on the screen, simply because she didn’t like the crowd and all the drama that followed.
“Some of the women that are on the show, they are not wives and the majority of them are but they’re not conducting themselves as such,” Kimsha explained. “I don’t want to be affiliated with shenanigans and drama. The back and forth is uncalled for, childish and that’s just not me.”
The LA edition seems to be dwindling fast. Just after two episodes, former cast member Tanya Williams bounced for more or less the same reasons.
Along with the drama, Kimsha’s been attracting unwanted attention off the show. Someone set up a Facebook account posing as her. The phony Kimsha posted some generally inappropriate comments which included some not so nice words, targeting the franchise creator, Shaunie O’Neal.
“That’s not me. Anybody who read that could’ve known that. That was not me period,” Kimsha said. “I’m not a Facebook person; I do have a Facebook but that’s not my name. Whoever it is can go kick rocks. All the negativity and comments, they can kick rocks too.”
She added, “We’ll definitely figure out who it is … who done it. I’ve got a good idea, but I ain’t gonna blow them up just yet.”
She added that she and Shaunie have no issues with one another, despite the gossip floating around.
*We can thank 8-year-old Diamond Artest for the inclusion of her dad Ron Artest on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which revealed its new cast Monday in Los Angeles.
“At first it was not appealing,” the Los Angeles Lakers star told People.com. “I did not want to do it. I don’t dance and all of the dressing up and everything, but my daughter Diamond was like, ‘Daddy, you should do it.’”
Proud papa, currently sidelined by an NBA lockout, admittedly is a sucker for his little girl, who battled cancer when she was 4.
“I had a chance to play basketball overseas and I had a chance to do ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” says Artest. “She asked me to do it, and I thought I could dance and raise some money for cancer research. I’m going to donate the profits.”
Dancing with the Stars Season 13 Cast
Despite the fact that he might not play basketball this year, Artest says he is grateful for the opportunity to show what he can do on the ballroom floor once “Dancing’s” new season kicks off Monday, Sept. 19, on ABC.
“I have a lot of entertaining things to come,” he says.
And if the NBA lockout is resolved while he’s still on the show? “I’ll cross that bridge when it comes.”
Artest’s wife, Kimsha, debuted this week on VH1’s “Basketball Wives: LA.”
Below, the complete list of “DWTS” Season 13 contestants and their professional partners:
*“Basketball Wives” the L.A. edition is getting closer to the reveal and some photos were released this week.
The new cast includes Gloria Govan (fiancée of Laker’s Matt Barnes), Laura Govan (sister to Gloria Govan), Kimsha Artest (ex-wife to Ron Artest), Imani Showalter (ex-fiancée to Stephen Jackson), Malaysia Pargo (wife to Jannero Pargo), Jackie Christie (wife of Doug Christie) and Draya Michele (model and actress).
Although many are excited about the new show, Shaunie O’Neal, the brain behind the show’s creation, has been very blunt about her dislike of the new cast.
“There’s a little bit of trash kind of sprinkled into that cast that I’m totally against. I was really very hands-off with that cast,” she said.
(L-R): Gloria Govan, Jackie Christie and Kimsha Artest
*The official cast for the LA spinoff of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” has been announced.
Premiering Aug. 29, the new installment will follow actual “wives,” unlike much of the Miami-based original.
The new cast features Kimsha Artest, wife of Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest; Jackie Christie, wife of Doug Christie, former player for the Los Angeles Clippers; and Imani Showalter, ex-fiancée of Charlotte Bobcats’ Stephen Jackson.
Also former Miami cast member Gloria Govan, fiancée of Laker Matt Barnes, will star in the LA series, alongside her sister Laura Govan.