Why did Tia Mowry and Marion “Pooch” Hall leave The Game after season five?

Tia Mowry and Marion Pooch Hall, who portrayed Melanie and Derwin Davis on The Game, announced that they would not be returning to the show for season six.

The Game is an American television series created by Mara Brock Akil. It follows Melanie Barnett, a first-year medical student who has given up an offer of admission to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to follow her boyfriend, Derwin Davis to San Diego.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict is the American actress who assumed the role of Melanie in the comedy drama from 2006 until 2012. She worked alongside Marion “Pooch” Hall, who is best known for his role as Derwin Davis. Hall portrayed Davis from 2006 until 2013. Although Hall and Mowry announced their exit in 2012, after season five aired, both actors made guest appearances on the show in 2015.

Mowry took to Twitter in May 2012 to announce her exit. She stated, “Just wanted to let all my fans know that I will not be returning to The Game for season six. It was an incredible run and I had lots of fun.” Rumors soon spread that Tia was fired, but she soon dismissed the rumors and stated that the split from the show was a mutual parting. She stated that at the time, she was working on a film with ABC Family, as well as her reality show with her twin sister, Tamera. She also admitted that she wanted to spend more time with her family.

Hall left the series for a role in Showtime’s crime drama, Ray Donovan. He admitted that he and his representatives tried to work out something that would allow him to work on The Game and Ray Donovan, but it never panned out. After leaving The Game, both actors have been seen in multiple shows and movies. Hall played his character in Ray Donovan, Daryll Donovan, from 2013 to 2020, while making various appearances on the side. His most recent project is an American crime drama film, Cherry.

Tia, on the other hand, voiced a character in a 2013 Bratz movie and also featured in Indivisible in 2018. She also made appearances in multiple television shows, with her most recent project being RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, where she assumes the role of Ela Mesma.