It’s official. Evelyn Lozada is returning to Basketball Wives.
After weeks of reports saying Evelyn would be coming back, VH1 confirmed the news Tuesday in a press release announcing the reality series has been renewed for an 11th season.
Series MVPs Jennifer Williams, Jackie Christie and Brooke Bailey will all be back for the new season.
Executive producer Shaunie Henderson will make a guest appearance on season 11.
Meanwhile, the show is adding several newcomers including Brittany Renner, Jac’Eil Duckworth, Vanessa Rider, and Clayanna Warthen.
One fan favorite who won’t be returning is Malaysia Pargo, who quit the show while filming season 10.
Malaysia fell out with Brandi Maxiell. But the final straw was when Jennifer told the group Malaysia’s house was in foreclosure. Malaysia responded by saying it was best that she leave the show and protect her mental health.
“I enjoy doing Basketball Wives, it’s been 10 years. But at a point, you have to realize and say, ‘I love a baby that doesn’t love me back.’ So I have to walk away from this group and this show,” Malaysia said last season.
Brittish Williams won’t be returning either, which is no big surprise since she just pleaded guilty in May to 15 federal counts of tax fraud, bank fraud, and PPP loan fraud.
VH1 says the new season of Basketball Wives will focus on sisterhood, but anybody who watches the show knows there will be drama, drink throwing, and lots of shade.
The description for season 11 reads: Tensions run high as the veterans take the newbies under their wings – but will they throw them a lifeline or shade? With the fate of the sisterhood hanging in the balance, the new ladies are out to prove that they’re not to be underestimated. Get ready to be on the edge of your seat as friendships are tested, tea is spilled, and lines are crossed on the 11th season of Basketball Wives.
The series is produced by Truly Original and Shed Media. Shaunie Henderson serves as an executive producer from Truly Original. Additional executive producers include Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Julie “Bob” Lombardi, Ronica Wynder, Jamail Shelton, and Katie Sole. For VH1, Tiffany Lea Williams, Angela Aguilera, and Mimi Blanchard are executive producers.
The franchise debuted in 2010 and was set in Miami for five seasons. The current iteration began as a Los Angeles spinoff. VH1 later combined the shows and moved the production to L.A.
The series is set to return this fall.
VH1 is reportedly in production on season 1 of an Orlando-based spinoff starring Mehgan James.