I decided that I should probably start answering y’alls email questions here. I find that if one person has a question about something, usually there are more people who are interested. So from now on, when you send a question, let me know if it is okay if I use your name! I am by no means an expert on all the Atlanta tea but I will do my best to find the answers if I don’t know them. Here is the first of what I hope will be lots more TeaMail from Tamara!
Dear Tamara, Hiya! Here is hoping you had an great holiday. I was wondering if you would spill the tea on The Game since it is produced in Atlanta. What happened to Brittany Daniel? I find it disturbing that all of the cast members were elated when they were picked up by BET but no one seems to mention her or act as if she is missed.
Thanks for the teamail! From what I understand, when The Game was cancelled by the CW, and before it was picked up by BET, Coby Bell was snatched up for a major role on Burn Notice by USA.
Then, when BET picked up The Game, Bell was called back to work. Arrangements were made to allow Bell to keep a recurring spot on The Game. During season four, the first season on BET, the Bell and Daniel characters were separated. Rumors started when Daniel was the only cast member not to show for the premiere episode party that she was unhappy with her “demotion” to recurring character. During season four, Daniel’s character checked out after six episodes to “go find herself”. I can understand that it must have been very disappointing to have such an integral role suddenly side-lined because of someone else’s career obligations. Clearly, both Daniel and her large fanbase were disappointed. I am unable to find Daniel doing anything that would have made her unavailable for season five, but she appears not to be appearing on the season. There are outraged fans all over the Internet who are demanding her return; however, season five has finished filming and Brandy Norwood was introduced as Bell’s character’s love interest. Looks like she is gone for good. It is interesting that neither Daniel nor any of her castmates have acknowledged that she is not on season five in the media. A few disreputable sites out there have tried to start race-based rumors for Daniel’s departure but there is no truth to any of that nonsense. It seems that when Bell became a recurring character, Daniel’s role was simply written out. She may not have realize that her last six episodes would be her last until she got the scripts at filming. That probably did not make for a pleasant filming experience for her. But, it happens. If you recall, Daniel was a recast from the original actress who played Kelly Pitts. Sometimes things just get changed up. That said, the BET site has hinted that couples counseling could be in the future for Kelly and Jason…but I would not count on that actually happening. That post happened prior to season five filming. My guess is that you have seen the last of Brittany Daniel on the game.
Here is a clip from the upcoming season. Nene Leakes has a small cameo in the new season. See if you can find her in the clip!
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Season five Brandy Norwood