Mo’Nique has been battling with her Precious director Lee Daniels for about three years now. She’s claimed she was blackballed from Hollywood by Lee Daniels for not “playing the game” (ie. Oscar campaigning and press). Lee slapped back by saying she had too many “demands.” Mo’Nique later amended her blackballing complaint to include Oprah and Tyler Perry. And she’s pretty much kept the same “Fuck Lee Daniels” stance ever since.
Lee recently brought up his arch nemesis in conversation, and he only had shady things to say. Because Mo’Nique was quick to grab the camera, clear her throat, and say, “Hey my loves,” before tearing into Lee once again.
Yesterday Lee spoke with TMZ’s Raq Rants, which seems like an odd choice for an exclusive, but when you’re being sued for $5 million, I guess you take whatever check you can get. Lee said it was time Mo’Nique stop blaming him, Oprah, and Tyler Perry for her career shortcomings, especially since Lee was helped her win an Oscar.
“It breaks my heart that she feels that we blackballed her. No one blackballed her. Mo’Nique blackballed her. And for her to continue to talk about Oprah and myself and Tyler is disrespectful and, yeah, that hurt…I don’t understand her motive. I don’t get it. I really don’t…For her to think that I could do anything but, I don’t know, I don’t, like, it ain’t even worth the conversation. Like, she needs to shut up.”
Here’s Lee cementing himself further into Mo’Nique’s shit list:
Mo’Nique posted her version of the fireside chat to Instagram to clear the air about a recent rumor involving herself and Netflix. Word was that Netflix had offered her $10 million for a standup special (which is a whole lot more than the $500,000 they had originally offered). She says it’s a hoax, and added that it’s easy to make a lie sound like the truth, like the alleged lie that she’s difficult to work with. Ahem. In case she wasn’t absolutely clear who she was talking about, she goes ahead and names-names.
“The truth only goes away if we stop talking and y’all and I ain’t gonna stop talking and Lee Daniels, you shut up.”
I can’t wait for Lee to come back with a brutal, “No, you shut up,” thus keeping this carousel of drama in a state of perpetual motion. Which will then hopefully be followed by Oprah getting on a three-way call with both and saying, “Listen, both of you shut up…unless you want to exploit this feud for sit-down tell-all television ratings, in which case I can hook you up.”