It’s #BlackLove all the way as after thirteen whole years since the pair worked together and had a fallout on Lee Daniels’ critically acclaimed drama “Precious”, which won Mo’Nique an Academy Award for best-supporting actress, now, thankfully the duo has reunited.
On Friday, April 1, director Lee Daniels publicly apologized to Mo’Nique during the Mo’Nique and Friends: April Fools Day with The Queen of Comedy event at St. George Theatre on Staten Island.
“I am so sorry for hurting you in any way that I did,” Daniels said to Mo’Nique at her comedy show Friday, according to a video posted on Twitter. “She was my best friend. … ‘Precious,’ that was God working through both of us, and we are going to f—g do it again!”
Then, Daniels and Mo’Nique hugged onstage and said, “I love you,” to each other
Recall that the actress has long accused the director alongside Winfrey and Tyler Perry of blackballing her after she refused to promote Precious during awards season without extra payment.
In the past, Mo’Nique had stated she has been blackmailed in Hollywood:
“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed. I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.’ And I said, ‘Well, what game is that?’ And he gave me no response.”
In response, Daniels started her demand was never in-line with the Precious promotional campaign.
He had in response said,
“Her demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign. This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.”
Over the years, Mo’Nique’s supposed roles in movies never materialized, but thankfully with this new footing, she is set to make a comeback.
Mo’Nique will star in Daniels’ upcoming thriller, “Demon House,” which will stream on Netflix. She replaces Octavia Spencer who had a conflicting schedule conflict with her Apple TV+ show Truth Be Told. The Almost Christmas.
Confirming their beef has been squashed, Mo’Nique took to Twitter to post a series of snaps:
“No caption needed,” Daniels wrote alongside photos of the two embracing. Mo’Nique echoed, “NO CAPTION NEEDED I LOVE US 4REAL.”
The Parkers star in the past had also raised issues with Netflix, in 2019, she sued the company for race and sex discrimination, saying it lowballed her an offer to appear in a comedy special. Netflix told USA Today in 2020 that it believed its opening offer was fair.
Lee Daniels is known for his first producer credit Monster’s Ball (2001), as well as Paperboy, Star, Precious, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday etc.