Just as we were getting all excited about BET’s revival of the hit show, “The Game,” MediaTakeOut.com is reporting that there’s drama on the set.
According to the site’s unnamed source, actress Brittany Daniel, who plays Kelly Pitts, and who is the only Caucasian lead on the show, is making nearly double the salary of some of her cast mates, and they are not happy about it.
“The Game,” a spin-off of the popular comedy, “Girlfriends,” chronicles the lives of NFL players and their families. Although it was a well-loved show, the CW canceled it in 2009 when it decided to move away from half-hour comedies. After a viral video campaign and a flood of fan mail, BET picked up the show for syndication and later decided to resurrect it and produce new episodes. The show is scheduled to begin running on BET in January 2011.
While it is typical for actors to earn differing salaries based on their past work and importance to the show, it is a little curious that a predominantly Black show on a network catering to African-Americans is paying the sole Caucasian actress far more than the rest of its other actors.
MediaTakeOut.com listed the actors’ (supposed) salaries showing Daniel out-earning her peers.
- Tia Mowry (as Melanie Barnett) – $50K per episode
- Pooch Hall (as Derwin Davis) – $40K per episode
- Coby Bell (as Jason Pitts) – $35K per episode
- Wendy Raquel Robinson (as Tasha Mack) – $35K per episode
- Hosea Chanchez (as Malik Wright) – $35K per episode
- Brittany Daniel (as Kelly Pitts) – $75K per episode
Word on the street is that Brittany Daniel is raking in more money because she turned down other projects to return to the show. However, other actors also passed up on gigs to help resurrect the show, so what gives?
File this one under, “things that make you go ‘hmm.'”
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Editor’s Note: This an alleged claim by the source that has been reported by several news outlets in addition to CLUTCH. BET or “The Game” producers have not confirmed the claim. We are simply reporting the buzz.