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Shaunie O'Neal

Races to Court Over Reality Show

Shaq Says No Way!

12/19/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Shaunie O'Neal
is rushing to court this morning for an emergency order allowing her to put her kids on her new reality show ... but ex-hubby, Shaquille O'Neal, is saying, "Over my dead body."

Shaunie has a deal for a new reality show for VH1 -- "The Shaunie Project."  It's about life with her and her kids.  But we've learned Shaq has put his big foot down, saying there's no way he'll allow their 4 kids to appear.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Shaunie has tried convincing Shaq that her show is just like "The Cosby Show" -- good, wholesome, family fun.  She told him one of the episodes will focus on Shaunie's aversion to working out.  The kids will convince her that working out is good and they'll all run a 5K together.  Forgive our cynicism, but it sounds like this show may be scripted.

Shaq is not buying it and feels there are too many pressures imposed by producers -- to be able to keep the show wholesome.  He's convinced the show will end up showcasing a dysfunctional family that will hurt his kids, some of whom are already struggling in school.  Shaq believes no good can come from cameras in the home.

We're told Shaunie will tell the judge she needs an emergency order so she can meet her deadlines -- filming is scheduled to start the first week of January.

Shaq is also leery of Shaunie ... who once proclaimed she would no longer tolerate violence on her show, "Basketball Wives," because it damages the image of Black women ... yet she quickly changed her mind and the cat fights continued.

We'll be in court, so stay tuned.


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Go Shaq, shame on this gold digger

317 days ago


Well if Shaq says some of the kids are not doing well in school then Shaunie's main focus should be getting those kids' grades up and getting them into college. Instead she is so narcissistic that she needs this for herself. We all know what these shows bring a dysfunctional dynamic into relationships, especially children.

Shaunie your biggest claim to fame was never you, it was your husband. He has been the one busy making all the millions and working since he got out of college. The ONE thing you have had to do is raise those kids right, and get them into college and prepped for the future.

317 days ago

Yurra Knutz    

Image make him appear to be looting a television.

317 days ago


It's all about the money$$$$$

317 days ago


Such a killjoy.

317 days ago


Kids should never be on these so call" reality" shows. The worse part is the kids think this is normal behavior. This is not like a child actor getting SAG protection. This is a parent using their child to get ratings.

317 days ago


There is absolutely no reason for her to put their children on a reality show other than to increase her own fame as Shaq's ex. The kids have Shaq's name and money behind them forever, so they don't need a paycheck or further exposure. This is about the mother and the mother only.

317 days ago

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317 days ago

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Good for you Shaq, good to see a man with good common sense and doing right for the kids.!!

317 days ago

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317 days ago

Retail Queen    

Great job Shaq keep your kids private. I am probably alone here but I don't have a FB Instagram or Twitter and I don't plan on having one. I don't allow anybody who does in the family post pictures of my 3 boys. My boys are private and I don't like exposing them. Too many freaks out there. They're 5 yrs 2 yrs and almost 1 on Xmas.

317 days ago


Just how the hell does that qualify as an emergency?

317 days ago

Tammy LM    

I agree with the majority sentiment here. That's digusting she's got to hold an emergency court hearing to go over the other parent's head in putting her children who apparently are struggling with personal issues at home already on a reality tv show. That's poor parenting and as some have said, the kid's have Shaq's wealth to get them whatever they need in life right now. They have the fame already of being Shaq's kids so they don't need more drama adding to it. And the only thing a reality show is geared to is generating money and fame for the subjects and that being Shawnie. Shame on her for exploiting her children for ratings and cash.
And it's too damn bad for her I'm afraid because in family court, she's going to flat out lose. If BOTH parents aren't on board for something like this.....then it aint going to happen. Shaq has every right to stop her. And who does she think a judge is going to side with? No matter how she sugar-coats her reality show.... She's already the head of the raunchiest diva fighting show on cable already., You think a judge is going to say, hmmmm here we have one parent that wants to put her troubled children on a reality show using them for ratings... OR door number two, the other parent that wants to sheild the children from exploitation and exposure to the wicked self destructing world of Hollywood entertainment. Hmmm.. Decisions decisions..

Shawnie. Don't even embarrass yourself. Leave the courts alone and get a JOB!

317 days ago


i dont think anyone really gives a **** about this old hag

317 days ago


Take care of the kids and watch them grow.

317 days ago
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