For the past few years Mo’Nique has been waging a war against Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry for allegedly being blackballed in Hollywood after winning an Oscar for Precious. During her sold out Kiss My Ass! tour, she accused Lee and Tyler of treating her poorly and snatching roles away because she’s difficult to work with. But she has remained consistent with her story, telling anyone who wants to listen how she was wronged by the Holy Trinity of Black Hollywood. And although many believed her beef with Oprah stemmed from how she’s been mistreated after speaking her mind, she’s finally revealed that the basis of her anger comes from an interview Oprah did with her conniving family back in 2010.
Apparently Mo’ and her family do not get along. And this was a fact she revealed to Oprah after she approached Mo’ about having her brother Gerald Imes on for an interview. Mo’ had always been vocal about the sexual abuse she suffered from Gerald as a child and declined to be a part of it, becoming suspicious about why he’d want to do Oprah’s show. In an interview with Comedy Hype (via Madame Noire) after Mo’ discovered that her parents and another brother would be joining Gerald during the interview. That’s when her Spidey senses starting tingling to major What The Fuck?! levels.
“Now the reason why that means so much is because in the conversation we had about my brother, we then went deeper and we began to talk about our relationships with our mothers and our fathers, and I shared my relationship with her about my mother. I shared with her that me and my mother were not talking. I shared with her that we were in a really bad place. I shared with her that I was hurt and trying to figure this thing out. She never said my mother was coming on the show, because had she, Oprah Winfrey, said ‘I’m going to have your mother,’ I would have said, ‘Shut it down,’” she said. “‘I don’t need the world seeing how greedy my mother is. Shut that down.’ That’s one of the reasons why we don’t communicate, because of my mother and father’s greed. If you had given me the opportunity I would have said, I can’t put my mother — that’s still my mother.”
Though Oprah called her after the interview aired Mo’ was still all Fan Girl starry-eyed because she was dealing with THEE Oprah Winfrey. But she was pissed. And although her husband/manager Sidney Hicks thought she should confront Oprah at the time, she didn’t. Years later at an Oscar party hosted by Alfre Woodard, Mo’ finally got her opportunity to confront Oprah about the interview in front of everyone in attendance.
“I looked to Oprah Winfrey and I said, ‘You know you and I need to have this conversation. Why would you have my mother on your show?’” she asked. “So for all the women that was there that night, they know exactly what was said and I said to her, ‘How could you have my mother on your show? That’s not what we discussed.’”
That’s when Oprah hit her with, “If you think I did something wrong, then I apologize,” which basically means, “Girl bye.” Mo’ wants a public apology from Oprah.
“Until that woman says ‘Let me apologize to you publicly,’ it will be ’til the day that I leave this earth, because what you did was malicious, and it was intentional, and it was ugly,”
Clearly, Mo’ is still mad and Oprah is still unbothered because it’s hard to hear Mo’s cries from the top of her mountain of cash. But if you think Mo’ is letting this go anytime soon or ever, don’t count on it.