Looks like Mashonda won’t be the only replacement on the new season of “Love & Hip-Hop” when it returns next month.
Somaya Reece has been kicked off the show and replaced with another “model,” an insider tells BOSSIP exclusively.
This is the new girl, Erica Mena:
If she looks familiar, it’s because this is the Miami-based model’s second stint on reality TV. She also appeared on “Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami” while working at the Dash store in Miami. Erica is the former girlfriend of Terror Squad affiliate Raul Conde, pictured below with Marlon Wayans.
Our insider reveals Erica’s role on the cast is to introduce the possibility of a “Love & Hip-Hop: Miami” spin-off, serving as the bridge between both casts as Gloria Govan did for the “Basketball Wives” shows. “The show’s producers are seriously considering a spin-off,” says our source. “Right now they’re putting feelers out there, seeing who might be interested in joining a Miami cast.”
With the addition of Erica and fellow newcomer Teairra Mari, fans can expect several Miami scenes in the new season of the series. But they can also still expect to see Somaya Reece make a couple of appearances.
“Somaya did tape some episodes,” says the insider. “I’m not sure at which point she was phased out and how much of her footage will be included, but she left the production team in a lurch. She told them she had a few new ventures in the works, which would have given her a storyline on this new season. But as taping went on, it became obvious that she really didn’t bring anything new to the table other than what she had going on last year, which we all know wasn’t much.”
As for Teairra Mari’s role on the show?
“She’s basically taking over Mashonda’s role as Emily [Bustamante]’s new best friend,” the source tells us. “Now that she’s officially single again, Tearria has basically become Emily’s guide to the party life.”
That sounds like it will yield plenty of “Reality Rewind”-worthy moments.
Continue to check out a few more pics of Erica Mena.