Jackie Christie Talks Estranged Daughter, Spin-Off Rumors & Job Security
Season six of Basketball Wives L.A. has been one hell of a season for Jackie Christie. Although you might assume this was Christie’s toughest season – she insinuates this season was nothing short of easy. If you watched this season, then chances are you witnessed Christie attempt to dispel rumors of her parenting skills. You may have also witness a few verbal altercations including an ongoing feud with Evelyn Lozada, along with the outspoken reality star to her question and confronting her friendship with executive producer, Shaunie O’Neal. In an exclusive interview with theJasmineBRAND.com, along with the status of the relationship with her daughter Ta’Kari Lee, why she’s not concerned about being fired from the show and if she feels like she’s accurately portrayed. Check out the excerpts below.How Basketball Wives has changed over the years:
For the first five seasons, a lot of the stuff was focused on me. It seemed I was on the outs with everybody. And then season five came in I started feeling like everybody’s grooving.
If this season has been the most difficult:
I think season one was the most challenging for me. It was five or six girls in Hawaii, they were fine when we got over and then they turned behind me and they were walking down the hallway behind Draya. They would clique up. That’s when I realized its not a game. We at war.
Her friendship with Tami Roman:
Her friendship with Malaysia Pargo:
I feel like me and Tami have always had a great relationship. We have our words here and there, but there is a realness, respect, and love between the two of us. I really dig her. And I think this season [six] you see it really went to another love; with Tami and I.
Why she questioned her friendship with Shaunie O’Neal:
[I’ve] been knowing her for a very long time. Me and Malyasia have been here in L.A. – first season to now. We’ve been through some challenging times, but if you notice, we never crossed that line with each other.
I felt like through the season we had been through so many ups and downs. and I kept trying to explain to her, ‘What’s going on between me and Evelyn is me and Evelyn, its not with you. Just fallback. Stay out of it.’ We had had a conversation, and I explained to her to stay out of it and there again, I find your back in it again.
If she’s concerned about job security (i.e. being axed from the show) when for confronting Shaunie, who is an executive producer:
How she feels about daughter Ta’Kari Lee:
No. I’m not apprehensive. I’m not employed by Shaunie. Shaunie is not my boss. Shaunie is a cast member; a friend. And I don’t care who you are, if you’re disrespectful to me, I’m going to be Jackie Christie.
You know, I prayed on it for a long time and I kept saying, at the end of the day, I love her – no matter what. A mother’s love for her child never changes. No matter what their child does to them. I have been nothing, but exemplary for Kari. Never spanked her, none of that stuff.
Whatever she is doing with this group of people that she is working with – or cult – its hurtful to me. I just decided to let the world keep being tricked and fooled.
If she and Takari are on speaking terms:
I don’t know why people are painting this facade. Yes, we have. And we always will.
Who may be responsible for drama with her daughter:
This has happened before. It’s been going on six years. And this woman that’s pretending to be Kari’s manager is this cause of all this damage.
If she thinks old cast members should come return:
You know, I’d laugh. If you’re going to bring back other cast members from other shows – or this show – bring everybody! This show, like I said, ‘is my baby.’ So, we’ll see where it goes.
If she would come back to Basketball Wives LA:
Uh, that’s a trick question. Just tune in to the reunion, and yeah.
If she’s working on a spin-off:
You know, I have been on for this spinoff for years and I kept turning it down because I was already on Basketball Wives, I don’t want to spread myself too thin. And make sure our viewers who are loyal to us, who watch every season that I’m not doing all this [spreading herself too thin]. But I think its time to diversify for me. I have a lot to offer and a lot to share. I’m working on several different projects.
The biggest misconceptions about her:
She’s a troublemaker, she’s dishonest, I’m a drunk. And the super mega misconception is that I’m mentally unstable.
If she is accurately portrayed on the show:
I feel like I’m a hell of a entertainer. I feel like I’m very transparent. I’m raw and uncut.
If she ever has been drunk in her life:
I have never been drunk in my life. Never! Never!
Oh my God! I have plays coming up. I have Before You Say I Do in October. I have a movie coming out. I have another play with Shelly Garrett – Beauty Shop. Of course, if in the event we make our decision on season 7 [Basketball Wives], we will be back.
See the interview below.