Nearly 10 years after winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Precious, Mo’Nique has only worked sparingly, claiming on multiple occasions that she has been ‘blackballed.’
The actress made an appearance on The Steve Harvey Show on Wednesday, where the conversation between her and Harvey got quite heated, to the point where Mo’Nique (real name Monique Imes), 51, even mentioned punching him in the mouth.
While cooler heads ultimately prevailed, the discussion was quite volatile, with Mo’Nique claiming that Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels helped ‘blackball’ her from the industry.
After winning the Oscar in 2009, Mo’Nique has only starred in three movies, 2014’s Blackbird, and a pair of 2016 movies, Interwoven and Almost Christmas.
The actress revealed in a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Daniels, who directed the actress to her Oscar win in Precious, told her she was being blackballed.
She also revealed in that interview she was offered the role Oprah Winfrey ultimately got in Daniels’ The Butler, and to play Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie character on Empire, though Daniels has denied it.
Then in 2017, during a stand-up routine that went viral, she said Daniels, Winfrey and Tyler Perry were not, ‘treating me fairly,’ adding that they could, ‘suck my d**k if I had one.’
Harvey then referenced that moment on stage, which she called, ‘a beautiful moment,’ adding she didn’t regret one moment of that night on stage, which Harvey strongly disagreed with.
Mo’Nique said she would never, ‘waiver from my comedy show on that stage,’ adding when they allow people to take their gift and, ‘turning into what makes them comfortable, we then lose.’
She also called out Harvey and others for, ‘not being strong enough to go public and say we cannot throw our sister under the bus.’
Despite everyone telling her privately she’s done nothing wrong, Harvey added, ‘When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth.’
He added that if he ‘crumbles,’ his kids and grandkids crumble and he can’t let, ‘everyone crumble so I can make a statement.’
He added that he ‘hates what’s happening to you,’ and that he wants everyone to know that she’s ‘caring and a great mother and an incredible talent,’ but he thinks she’s going about this ‘the wrong way’ and she keeps saying things that is making it worse.
Things got heated when she said they aren’t arguing, but they, as ‘brother and sister,’ are, ‘having a conversation and mommy and daddy aren’t here right now and I’m about to punch you in your mouth,’ which caused a number of audience members to gasp.
She added that she disagreed with what Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey did, and Harvey said that they all owe her an apology, and she owes them an apology and they can all move forward.’
He added he doesn’t want to lose her gift to the world when you’re trying to prove a point,’ when there’s a better way to prove the point.
He ended the segment by saying he was going to try and get a conversation started with Daniels, Winfrey and Perry, and try to get them to make amends publicly.
And on the other side of the coin, he wants Mo’Nique to apologize publicly so they can all move forward.
Mo’Nique was recently making headlines for calling for a boycott of Netflix, after claiming she was lowballed, getting an offer for $500K for a comedy special while Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock both got $20 million.