One week ago, the VH1 Blog reported that Royce Reed wouldn't be returning for the fourth season of Basketball Wives. Citing "artistic differences", it looked like the original cast member, whose screen time had greatly diminished in season three, would be following Meeka Claxton out the front door.
What a difference a week makes.
According to VH1 Blog, Reed has decided to return to the show for its upcoming season following several conversations and an outpouring of fan support. She mentions that we'll be seeing "a different side" of her in season four, which may be an indication that the show's proposed image change may have stuck.
I, for one, am glad to see that Royce changed her mind because she's arguably the most important cast member on the show. She keeps Evelyn and Jennifer on the defensive, doesn't kowtow to Shaunie, calls Suzie on her mess, and has a pretty decent friendship with my favorite would-be-auntie Tami, so without Royce, there wouldn't have been that much going on in the show. I mean, the bones of Basketball Wives: Miami Vice are the interpersonal conflicts that arise when you get a group of headstrong, opinionated women in a room together, so without Royce stirring things up and keeping the
Mean Girls circle off balance, it would become one big ball of self-congratulatory nonsense.
My only hope for season four is that the dynamics shift a little bit. The fighting, I don't have a problem with, but if things stay in the Royce-versus-everybody lane that last season was stuck in, I have two words for Shaunie O'Neal.
What do you think about Royce staying? Who do you think they should bring in to replace Meeka? Are you looking forward to season four of Basketball Wives?