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EXCLUSIVE: "The Game" Star Coby Bell Speaks On How Brandy Measures Up To His On Screen Ex-Wife

After last night's huge Season 5 premiere of BET's "The Game" (5.3 million viewers to be exact), it's clear newcomer Brandy is locking in her place as the new love of "Jason Pitts."  Check out what actor Coby Bell (Jason Pitts) told TheYBF.com about just how well Brandy did in her new role...

Coby Bell, who plays the overly frugal hater of black women Jason Pitts on "The Game," couldn't be more unlike his tv character.  He's been married for 10 years to a normal loving woman with whom he shares 4 kids with.  And since he's biracial, he says he's got no problems with the interracial dating controversy the show brings.

On the premiere, Jason met bartender Chardonnay, played by Brandy, and not only got her fired from her job, but ended up marrying her on a drunken trip to Tijuana.  And he finally revealed why he's hated black women all these years.

So we got the low down on just how well Coby and his new co-star hit it off on-set.  (He had nothing but rave reviews for Brandy.) Especially since his on-screen ex wife, played by Brittany Daniel, will not be on this season.  And what we can expect to see when "Kelly Pitts" returns.

 

On how well Brandy fit in with the cast and performed her role as Chardonnay

I think people are really REALLY going to love Brandy. She's really going there. I was just so impressed. I didn't even know she was going to play the part of 'Chardonnay' until the day before I started working with her. I was shooting my other show "Burn Notice" [on the USA network] and Mara [Brock Akil] texted me that Brandy would be my new co-star....and I got all excited.

The next day we got together and started working and it was, like, instant.  We just understood each other. We come from a similar place of how we work, so we just click right away. This whole season we just had so much fun working together.

On Brandy getting way too into her role

There was one time in the script where Chardonnay had to slap Jason on the back of the head--and she let me HAVE it (Laughs). I was like, 'Okay okay, you're really hitting me TOO hard!' And then it she just made it Chardonnay's thing--she's always going to slap me on the back of the head at different times.

On Brittany Daniel not returning this season for the original Jason-Kelly-Chardonnay love triangle

Brittany ("Kelly Pitts") couldn't do the show this season.  We miss her so much though.  There were personal things she had to take care of and the show got in the way of more important things.

The Chardonnay character was always going to be part of the show, and it was actually going to be a love triangle between Brittany, Jason, and Kelly. But when Brittany couldn't do the show, the writers had to quickly figure something else out. Maybe next year when she returns, everyone will get to see how that plays out.

On how he feels about dating a black woman on the show vs. having a white (ex) wife on the show

The interracial relationship was originally included because it was a reality of the world. It was definitely a reality in professional sports. I'm not one to trip about it because my dad is black and my mom is white. So it's normal to me. There are some people that trip about the relationship [with Brittany/Kelly] and there's some people who just love Kelly. I love the way the writers didn't bring much attention to the interracial factor while those two characters were married. It was just a marriage--two people trying to figure it out.  And now having the Chardonnay angle is just going to cause an even more interesting story.

 

"The Game" airs on BET Tuesdays at 10p ET. 

How did you like the season 5 premiere episode--Tasha Mack & Malik's drug and alcohol problem with JennaJason and Chardonnay's "Hangover" moment?  Melanie, Derwin & Trey's abortion situation?  Speak on it. 

 

Photos: Coby Bell/BET/Essence.com

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The Game has progressed as a

The Game has progressed as a show, which is trying to cover many "common" topics. The show is 30 minutes and there is too much being covered during that timeframe. The show often leaves the viewers spining from week to week. I do like the Jason Chardonnnay plot line. This plot was sweet and thoughful in its display of love and understanding. I do not miss Kelly from the show and or plot story line. It will be interesting to see how Brit Brat likes her new step mommy.
Just telling the truth's picture

ln any case, this should not

ln any case, this should not be happened. Marine MOS
Coach Outlet Online's picture

There was a time that I

There was a time that I thought fighting for this show to come back on the air (actually to the CW) was the right thing to do, but I feel all the petitions were a waste and a true slap in the face. To take such a great show with storylines that people of all ages could relate to and pretty much make a mockery of sensible black people with the current storylines is a huge punch in the gut. BET might as well create a modern day version of "Good Times." The storylines are all over the place. There's no continuity and thanks BET for putting black people back into a negative light. Yes we want to support black actors but I feel actors need to also step up and use their voices in a postive manner and say "NO MORE."
Very Sad!'s picture

There was a time that I

There was a time that I thought fighting for this show to come back on the air (actually to the CW) was the right thing to do, but I feel all the petitions were a waste and a true slap in the face. To take such a great show with storylines that people of all ages could relate to and pretty much make a mockery of sensible black people with the current storylines is a huge punch in the gut. BET might as well create a modern day version of "Good Times." The storylines are all over the place. There's no continuity and thanks BET for putting black people back into a negative light. Yes we want to support black actors but I feel actors need to also step up and use their voices in a postive manner and say "NO MORE."
Very Sad!'s picture

There was a time that I

There was a time that I thought fighting for this show to come back on the air (actually to the CW) was the right thing to do, but I feel all the petitions were a waste and a true slap in the face. To take such a great show with storylines that people of all ages could relate to and pretty much make a mockery of sensible black people with the current storylines is a huge punch in the gut. BET might as well create a modern day version of "Good Times." The storylines are all over the place. There's no continuity and thanks BET for putting black people back into a negative light. Yes we want to support black actors but I feel actors need to also step up and use their voices in a postive manner and say "NO MORE."
Very Sad!'s picture

There was a time that I

There was a time that I thought fighting for this show to come back on the air (actually to the CW) was the right thing to do, but I feel all the petitions were a waste and a true slap in the face. To take such a great show with storylines that people of all ages could relate to and pretty much make a mockery of sensible black people with the current storylines is a huge punch in the gut. BET might as well create a modern day version of "Good Times." The storylines are all over the place. There's no continuity and thanks BET for putting black people back into a negative light. Yes we want to support black actors but I feel actors need to also step up and use their voices in a postive manner and say "NO MORE."
Very Sad!'s picture

There was a time that I

There was a time that I thought fighting for this show to come back on the air (actually to the CW) was the right thing to do, but I feel all the petitions were a waste and a true slap in the face. To take such a great show with storylines that people of all ages could relate to and pretty much make a mockery of sensible black people with the current storylines is a huge punch in the gut. BET might as well create a modern day version of "Good Times." The storylines are all over the place. There's no continuity and thanks BET for putting black people back into a negative light. Yes we want to support black actors but I feel actors need to also step up and use their voices in a postive manner and say "NO MORE."
Very Sad!'s picture

There was a time that I

There was a time that I thought fighting for this show to come back on the air (actually to the CW) was the right thing to do, but I feel all the petitions were a waste and a true slap in the face. To take such a great show with storylines that people of all ages could relate to and pretty much make a mockery of sensible black people with the current storylines is a huge punch in the gut. BET might as well create a modern day version of "Good Times." The storylines are all over the place. There's no continuity and thanks BET for putting black people back into a negative light. Yes we want to support black actors but I feel actors need to also step up and use their voices in a postive manner and say "NO MORE."
Very Sad!'s picture

The story lines are way too

The story lines are way too far fetched, I miss the way seasons 1-3 were....
Anonymous's picture

Five million!

Five million!
andrew's picture

I loved The Game, its

I loved The Game, its hilarious, I agree with the comment black ppl r never happy, we fought for this show, Brandy is great & to the person that said it was fake that Jason had I think u used the words virtual therapy with a stranger, it happens, sometimes ppl do and would rather confess and talk 2 a strannger b 4 they will a close friend, thats real, just support the show, pls, like some 1 else said!!
Kay's picture

I loved The Game, its

I loved The Game, its hilarious, I agree with the comment black ppl r never happy, we fought for this show, Brandy is great & to the person that said it was fake that Jason had I think u used the words virtual therapy with a stranger, it happens, sometimes ppl do and would rather confess and talk 2 a strannger b 4 they will a close friend, thats real, just support the show, pls, like some 1 else said!!
Kay's picture

There was way too much going

There was way too much going on. Do they still use the same writers? The show is heading into the direction of one bad BET movie classic. I love the show and the characters..originally. They were more relatable. I understand we grow and the characters will develop with time, but it just all seemed so unreal. Also, BRING KELLY BACK!! Period.
Anonymous's picture

I missed the first episode,

I missed the first episode, but l really like the show. I'm so glad that this show was brought back.
shieroc's picture

Some of you black people need

Some of you black people need to get over yourselves.Sometimes black peoples' worst enemy is black people. Season5 show was very good and if there are any kinks to work out I have every confidence and faith and love in the show that they will come through. I love The Game
Anonymous's picture

Bitch want your get over your

Bitch want your get over your fuckin self.... you when to far......and yes am white but have alot of black freinds.
Anonymous's picture

Bitch want your get over your

Bitch want your get over your fuckin self.... you when to far......and yes am white but have alot of black freinds.
Anonymous's picture

Bitch want your get over your

Bitch want your get over your fuckin self.... you when to far......and yes am white but have alot of black freinds.
Anonymous's picture

They don't have chemistry.

They don't have chemistry. He had much more chemistry with the first wife.
isola's picture

He sure did with his first

He sure did with his first wife, instead of this swole face bitch.
Anonymous's picture

LOVED it! I love seeing

LOVED it! I love seeing black actors work, and I am a loyal fan of the show. The characters are not always going to do what I want them to do, and that is why I watch it. I don't like what is predictable and expected. I like tuning in and really being shocked by a turn of events that I seriously didn't see coming. Brandy is an artist and a nice addition to the cast based on the premiere episode. Looking forward to seeing what is going to happen there...
Shi's picture

It is really sad reading

It is really sad reading these post....we campaigned for this show to return....it's here now we r ripping it to shredds. We as black people is never satisfied
Anonymous's picture

Brandy's acting is like

Brandy's acting is like Sheree's dancing/acting....they both are awful. Brandy is going to be the death/sunset of this show!! Who is over casting because this is an epic failure on their part!!
wcole1983's picture

Brandy's acting is like

Brandy's acting is like Sheree's dancing/acting....they both are awful. Brandy is going to be the death/sunset of this show!! Who is over casting because this is an epic failure on their part!!
wcole1983's picture

Brandy's acting is like

Brandy's acting is like Sheree's dancing/acting....they both are awful. Brandy is going to be the death/sunset of this show!! Who is over casting because this is an epic failure on their part!!
wcole1983's picture

Brandy's acting is like

Brandy's acting is like Sheree's dancing/acting....they both are awful. Brandy is going to be the death/sunset of this show!! Who is over casting because this is an epic failure on their part!!
wcole1983's picture

Brandy's acting is like

Brandy's acting is like Sheree's dancing/acting....they both are awful. Brandy is going to be the death/sunset of this show!! Who is over casting because this is an epic failure on their part!!
wcole1983's picture

Brandy's acting is like

Brandy's acting is like Sheree's dancing/acting....they both are awful. Brandy is going to be the death/sunset of this show!! Who is over casting because this is an epic failure on their part!!
wcole1983's picture

This man is fine and classy.

This man is fine and classy.
Anonymous's picture

I am a Game fannatic, however

I am a Game fannatic, however I feel like it was too much goin on. Like the writters were doin TOO MUCH! None of the stories seem realistic. And wut was up with that auto tune song they kept playin. Gotta say, I was disappointed
April's picture

I am a Game fannatic, however

I am a Game fannatic, however I feel like it was too much goin on. Like the writters were doin TOO MUCH! None of the stories seem realistic. And wut was up with that auto tune song they kept playin. Gotta say, I was disappointed
April's picture

Dear Game Fanatic......the

Dear Game Fanatic......the game always has a song that starts the episode or ends it....thats not the first time. Just support the show please!
Bingreal's picture

Dear Game Fanatic......the

Dear Game Fanatic......the game always has a song that starts the episode or ends it....thats not the first time. Just support the show please!
Bingreal's picture

I am a Game fannatic, however

I am a Game fannatic, however I feel like it was too much goin on. Like the writters were doin TOO MUCH! None of the stories seem realistic. And wut was up with that auto tune song they kept playin. Gotta say, I was disappointed
April's picture

I agree, there was way too

I agree, there was way too much going on and the Tasha/Malik/Jenna mess was way over the top. I do love how it picked up right where last season ended. I will be tuned in for next week's episode. I am sure this season will be a hit.
Ryse's picture

Although I liked it, there

Although I liked it, there was too much going on.
Akels's picture

Although I liked it, there

Although I liked it, there was too much going on.
Akels's picture

I am a Game fannatic, however

I am a Game fannatic, however I feel like it was too much goin on. Like the writters were doin TOO MUCH! None of the stories seem realistic. And wut was up with that auto tune song they kept playin. Gotta say, I was disappointed
April's picture

I am a Game fannatic, however

I am a Game fannatic, however I feel like it was too much goin on. Like the writters were doin TOO MUCH! None of the stories seem realistic. And wut was up with that auto tune song they kept playin. Gotta say, I was disappointed
April's picture

Did the original writers of

Did the original writers of this show sell out to BET, better yet did they sell their souls to this overarching puppet master of the black community that is EBT?  Ever since The Game moved to BET the show literally went left. I knew I had to stop watching then. I gave it the benefit of doubt with this season and figured they had worked out the kinks. I was sadly mistaken. The show is worse and continues to sink to new depraved lows.  I get that they are trying to appeal to a younger demographic due to the fact that they are on EBT, however did they have to forego so much integrity in the process? All the original characters have turned into the Derek Blanks bad girl/boy alter egos of themselves even down to the colors in wardrobe they wear. This show has been hijacked and corrupted with BETs venomous poison. Typical of EBT. They are losing a lot of mature intelligent viewers, but I honestly don't think they care. They are to concerned with advertising to a younger mindless demographic. So long Game!
Anonymous's picture

I am a Game fannatic, however

I am a Game fannatic, however I feel like it was too much goin on. Like the writters were doin TOO MUCH! None of the stories seem realistic. And wut was up with that auto tune song they kept playin. Gotta say, I was disappointed
April's picture

Did the original writers of

Did the original writers of this show sell out to BET, better yet did they sell their souls to this overarching puppet master of the black community that is EBT?  Ever since The Game moved to BET the show literally went left. I knew I had to stop watching then. I gave it the benefit of doubt with this season and figured they had worked out the kinks. I was sadly mistaken. The show is worse and continues to sink to new depraved lows.  I get that they are trying to appeal to a younger demographic due to the fact that they are on EBT, however did they have to forego so much integrity in the process? All the original characters have turned into the Derek Blanks bad girl/boy alter egos of themselves even down to the colors in wardrobe they wear. This show has been hijacked and corrupted with BETs venomous poison. Typical of EBT. They are losing a lot of mature intelligent viewers, but I honestly don't think they care. They are to concerned with advertising to a younger mindless demographic. So long Game!
Anonymous's picture

I loved it. I thought they

I loved it. I thought they did a better job at this premiere as appose to last seasons premiere. I liked the fact that they tried to incorporate every character in a scene so we the viewers are not left wondering with so ans so. For all those who are confused about the show in a whole the writers wanted it to take on a more soap opera feel than a regular sitcom. If I had to find any negativity it would be with the Britney character, I;m a little confused about what the storyline is with and what they're trying to do, but like I said in the beginning I loved it and I'm sure it will only get better now that more people talking about it.
Ms. P's picture

I am very disappointed in the

I am very disappointed in the show but I keep trying to support the show because it has a black cast. The story lines/writing is horrible, I will never understand why people have such a hard time portraying who black people are. At the end of the day we are just people and being black doesn't mean ghetto; ghetto can be race. The black & mild smoking, drinking hennessy, and eating chicken does not make you black. All black women don't wear weaves especially not a tacky one. The show is aired on BET meant for black entertainment but it seems like it's written for the entertainment of other races that make a mockery of us including every negative stereotype of who black people are.
rdb3's picture

didnt like it! #nuffsaid

didnt like it! #nuffsaid
Anonymous's picture

I knew as soon as BET said

I knew as soon as BET said they were picking this show back up they would mess it up. I guess this is why they only play reruns of shows that other networks completed. They shouldn't have come back for a 5th season if this is what the show was going to be. All the characters were outta character. Melanie would NEVER have an abortion-I mean they mine as well turned her into a crack-ho. And Tasha 'Pow Pow Pow' Mack would never let a drug dealer come at her to extort money-I mean, where was Pookie from Richmond? And finally, the mess that is Jason's soryline---so all of a sudden Jason breaks down & plays therapy with a virtual stranger-that was complete fakeness. But the worst part of the WHOLE episode, and the reason I'm not looking is the scene where Tasha and the rest kick the model and assume she's dead-that was just weird. No thx, I see no value in the show anymore, b/c it's no longer funny. I don't blame Kelly for not returning and Jason for hedging his bets with Burn Notice.
LA's picture

*...Jason's storyline.

*...Jason's storyline.
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