Tami Roman’s involvement in “Basketball Wives” was initially in doubt at the top of the year, but executive producer Shaunie O’Neal recently confirmed she will return. Now, Roman is explaining why she is joining season 8 of the reality series after all.
Roman told The Shade Room on the NAACP Image Awards red carpet Saturday, March 30, that her return is tied up in contractual obligations.
“Sometimes contracts hold you to certain situations, and I actually love filming ‘Basketball Wives,'” she explains. “I just had to make sure that it was in an environment that I would be comfortable in. They kinda promised me that, and so, contractually, I’m back.”
After noting that filming — which she said has been “shot differently than anything people have seen in the past” — has been going on for “a while now,” Roman affirmed, “I’m comfortable.”
The star’s remarks shouldn’t come as a surprise. When discussing with “Entertainment Tonight” in January what would need to happen for her to come back to the VH1 reality show, Roman said comfort was the main priority.
“I’m just at a place right now where it’s about protecting my energy and my space and my zen. I have to protect it,” she said. “And so, even within the ‘Basketball Wives’ world, if I were to go back, certain changes would have to be made for me to be comfortable in that environment. But we’re still in talks. I don’t necessarily know if I’ll return, but we are talking about how everybody can be comfortable in that environment.”
Meanwhile, fans of “Basketball Wives” have been weighing in on Roman confirming herself that she’s back on the show.
Some celebrated in earnest.
“Yes I’m glad Tami is coming back!!!!”
“@giratab33 this makes me so happy.”
“We 🧡 ya sum @tamiroman.”
Others doubted Roman blaming her return on contractual obligations, claiming she just wants the income.
“Dont blame it on the contract u kno u like the money.”
“@marryreilly just like everybody else that is working #cheque.”
It doesn’t seem as if Roman is concerned about her income, however. Over the last several months, the actress has added tons of new projects to her résumé. They include acting stints on the BET movie “Fall Girls” and the network’s TV adaptation “Carl Weber’s The Family Business,” a shoe line, and various appearances on VH1 programming. In addition to taping an appearance on “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” for the network, she also recently co-hosted the “Love and Hip Hop Awards” with DC Young Fly.