As one Hollywood feud hits new levels of MESS, another Hollywood feud has finally ended. After reportedly not speaking to each other for years, Lee Daniels and Mo’Nique are finally speaking to each other. And not only that, but they’re going to speak to each other a lot in the near future since she will star in his next movie. At Mo’Nique’s show on Staten Island last night, she brought out Lee Daniels and he apologized to her for hurting her, and he didn’t end with, “April Fools!”
The Hollywood Reporter says that during Mo’Nique’s show, Mo’Nique and Friends: April Fools Day with The Queen of Comedy, at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island last night, Lee Daniels joined her onstage. The two side-hugged as Lee said to her, “It took me a long time to realize. I am so sorry for hurting you in any way that I did. Y’all, and she was my best friend. My BEST friend. Y’all think that Precious was just, that was God working, through both of us. And we gonna fucking do it again,” before busting out some sweet moves that my auntie busts out on the dance floor after her second White Claw. Lee and Mo’Nique then hugged. Audience member, Sade Salami, tweeted the moment to prove that it really did happen!
— Sade Salami (@sadesalami) April 2, 2022
Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels also posted the same picture on their Instagram accounts, letting everyone know that the hatchet has been buried:
Deadline says that the Lee Daniels movie that Mo’Nique will star in is Netflix’s Demon House, which will cover the real-life case of a woman and her three children who claimed that they were possessed by demons after moving into a house in Gary, Indiana in 2011.
In a case widely covered at the time, Latoya Ammons and her three children experienced strange incidents in their Gary, IN, home that grew progressively worse, with the children levitating, becoming violent with one another and speaking in growls and deep voices with no recollection afterward. Skeptics abounded, but the Gary Police Department, Department of Child Services and the local church and hospital all became involved, filing reports that took the supernatural occurrences seriously. Officers, doctors and social workers said they witnessed many of the incidents, including one in which her 9-year-old son walked backward up a wall. The Indianapolis Star covered it closely as the Department of Child Services investigated it.
Oscar-winner Mo’Nique will play the role of a social worker, replacing fellow Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer who had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts. The movie will also star Oscar nominees Aunjanue Ellis and Andra Day, and eight-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close. Lee Daniels will direct.
I’m guessing that Mo’Nique didn’t only patch things up with Lee, but also patched things up with Netflix. Because in 2019, Mo’Nique filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Netflix after they offered her the low-ball amount of $500,000 for a comedy special while offering Amy Schumer $11 million. Mo’Nique also called for a Netflix boycott. The last we heard about that lawsuit was in 2020 when a court ruled in Mo’Nique’s favor and declared that the lawsuit could move forward. They probably settled because it might be a little awkward for Mo’Nique to boycott Netflix while starring in a Netflix movie…..
As for Mo’Nique’s now-dead feud with Lee Daniels, it goes way back to the 2009-2010 awards season when she was picking up nominations and wins left and right for her role in Lee’s Precious. Mo’Nique said that she was asked to do promo for Precious during awards season, but that they refused to pay her for it. Mo’Nique was doing a late-night talk show at the time and didn’t want to take time away from paid work to do unpaid work. After winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Precious, Mo’Nique thought she’d get offered better roles and more money, but that didn’t happen. Mo’Nique was supposed to be in Lee Daniels’ The Butler but was replaced by Oprah. Mo’Nique said that Lee later called her up and let her know that she was “blackballed” from Hollywood for not playing the game. Lee responded to those claims by saying that Mo’Nique’s “demands through Precious were not always in line with the campaign” and that it “soured” her relationship with the Hollywood community. Mo’Nique also accused Oprah, who was a producer on Precious, of helping Lee to get her blackballed. And throughout the years, Mo’Nique continued to call out both Lee Daniels and Oprah.
So, now that Mo’Nique is good with Lee Daniels, I wonder if she’s good with Oprah too? Well, if Oprah extended an entire olive grove (this is The Mighty O we’re talking about, she can afford it) to Mo’Nique, Mo’Nique may have taken it and said, “Okay, I forgive you for the blackballing stuff, but along with the rest of humanity, I’ll never forgive you for unleashing Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz upon us!”