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].
Pooch Hall: I Didn’t Leave “The Game,” “The Game” Left Me was originally published on blackamericaweb.com