Pooch Hall: I Didn’t Leave “The Game,” “The Game” Left Me

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    Derwin is still missed. Although the actor that plays him, Pooch Hall, has moved on to a new show “Ray Donovan” on Showtime, playing the biracial love child of Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jon Voight, “The Game” is still very much a part of his past. It’s the show that made him famous, though neither he nor Tia Mowry-Hardict, who played Melanie, returned for Season 6. Though it’s normal for people to move on from shows for another opportunity, Hall has had to repeatedly set the record straight on exactly how his departure came about.

    “For the record, I didn’t get fired. I didn’t walk away,” Hall told The Tom Joyner Morning Show. “My contract came up, I promise you. We were negotiating and we just couldn’t come up with a number. So my team said we’re going to send you out [on auditions]. I literally just got back from New York, I think I did “Rip the Runway” and I booked “Ray Donovan” the next day. “

    Hall says the Showtime series knew about his commitment to BET and was willing to let him do both shows, even potentially discussing Voight appearing on “The Game” as well. But according to Hall, BET took so long responding to his agent, that he had to move forward.

    “I never quit, and this is what I want people to understand. When “The Game” first got cancelled I got another job on “Accidentally on Purpose.” I made a deal and when “Accidentally on Purpose” g0t cancelled, I had two years where I could work over there. I believe everyone else got three. We were trying to work on the numbers and we couldn’t’ agree and my team said we’re sending him out and I literally booked “Ray Donovan” a week [later].

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    8 thoughts on “Pooch Hall: I Didn’t Leave “The Game,” “The Game” Left Me

    1. In case within you, you, rather than uncertainty and dread.

      Did your girlfriend already said goodbye make ex girlfriend want you back to you.

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    2. Pooch I miss u please call them back we need u if they can bring a fake Kelly on the show they def can make a fake malinde for u the show is not the same we crave to see what the church boy get into lol!! The show is so wack they made malik mom pregnant smh!! Please bet get it together

    3. I am an accountant and could have written a more grammatically correct article than the “journalist” who put this piece together. BTW: His name is spelled LIEV Schreiber, not Live.

    4. Pooch I LOVE seeing u & Tai on the Game but I think it is going b CANCEL again NOT good 2 me any more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5. Don’t waste your time trying to explain what happened anymore. It is painfully obvious the effect your departure and Tia’s has had on the quality of the show.

    6. A job is a job, just more money involed sometimes. Hollywood actors go thru the same thing we all go thru in our careers. there are good bosses and bad bosses. Good co workers and bad co workers. In time, you learn; if you havent already. It’s every man for himself and God for us all.

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