A White actress on the popular BET show the “The Game” is earning a salary nearly twice that of her Black co-stars, according to gossip site Mediatakeout.com.
According to the UK’s Voice-Online.Com, the Web site claimed that actress Brittany Daniel was receiving $75,000 per episode, while actress Tia Mowry made $50,000 per episode. Pooch Hall, who plays the love interest of Mowry’s character Melanie, was reported to receive $40,000 per episode and the show’s other stars including Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson were reported to make $35,000 per episode.
BET Networks quickly shot down the claims in a statement released on Nov 16.
“The recent report regarding certain members of the cast of ‘The Game’ being disproportionally paid by BET is completely false,” the statement read. “As a matter of policy, BET does not engage in public discussions about salaries or similar private matters with its artists. We continue to look forward to bringing new episodes to the loyal fans of the series on 1/11/11.”
“The Game” centers on a fictional American football team, its players and their spouses.
The show, which first appeared in 2006 on the CW Network, was dropped after three successful seasons as that network made a shift to an all-drama lineup, according to Variety. BET quickly signed on to run new seasons of the show and has aired reruns since February 2009. Since airing in syndication on BET, the show has drawn higher numbers than its original run on CW. The third season finale rerun drew 2 million viewers last October, while its original season on the CW averaged nearly 1.8 million viewers.
The series is one of a number of sitcom projects currently running or in the works at BET.