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"Basketball Wives” star and executive producer Shaunie O’Neal says the recent firing of three cast members was a decision made by higher ups, and that she learned of their removal when everyone else did, sources close to O'Neal tell TMZ.

As previously reported, Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed and Kesha Nichols were given their walking papers last week. But O'neal is telling friends, despite the accusations, the cuts were not made by her and that she was blindsided by the news.

Sources close to O'Neal (who is also an executive producer on the show) tell TMZ that O'Neal says the production company leaves her in the dark about everything after she butted heads with them over the violent direction the show was headed, TMZ reports.

According to the website, O'Neal is upset over the current situation and wants the production company, Shed Media, to know she is willing to walk away from the series if it becomes something she no longer believes in.