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(L-R) Royce Reed, Kesha Nichols and Jennifer Williams of “Basketball Wives”

     *Following this week’s reunion episode to end season four of “Basketball Wives,” TMZ is reporting that three of the cast members will not be returning for the volatile show’s fifth go-round.

Sources close to production tell the website that Jennifer Williams, Kesha Nichols and Royce Reed will be replaced next season. So far, no word on who will take their spots.

TMZ cites sources who say producers will give word to the women any day now to drop what they called “dead weight” from the show.

Royce was reportedly cut because she wasn’t legally allowed to talk about her ex-husband Dwight Howard due to a 2009 gag order. The other women on the show had also decided to ostracize her, so Royce couldn’t shoot scenes with the rest of the cast.

According to TMZ, producers think Jennifer’s too big a liability after suing Nia Crooks for slapping her on the show. And Kesha was just too boring.

A rep for VH1 tells TMZ, “We don’t comment on casting until everything is final. Thanks for checking in.”