Mo'Nique And Lee Daniels Have Reconciled After A Long Feud

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By Favour Adegoke on April 3, 2022 at 4:30 PM EDT

For a long time, Lee Daniels and Mo'Nique had been at loggerheads after Mo'Nique alleged that her director had blackballed her from the industry after she refused to promote the 2009 critically-acclaimed movie, "Precious," which was an adaptation of the novel "Push" by Sapphire.

As seen in a video clip posted on Twitter, Mo'Nique was on stage performing her show, "Monique And Friends: April Fools' Day," when Daniel came out on stage.

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"I am so sorry for hurting you in any way that I did. 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're going to f--king do it again!" The director said before adding a couple of I love yous and hugging the actress. He also showed some dance moves for effect.

Following their reconciliation, the pair then posted photographs of each other on their Instagram pages.

"No caption needed @therealmoworldwide," Daniels wrote as a caption under his post, adding a love emoji. Mo'Nique also shared similar sentiments as she wrote, "NO CAPTION NEEDED I LOVE US 4REAL," concluding with a love emoji.

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She Refused To Promote Her 'Precious' Movie

Although she won the Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Precious," her career never really took off.  

This was because she didn't campaign for her Oscar win in the year leading up to the award. And even though her performance was worth the mention, she was considered problematic and was punished for refusing to play the game.

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"How did the Oscar change my life? What it did was that it gave me a new reality, and it let me know that an award wasn't going to change my life — that I had to be in control of changing my life. However, I got a phone call from Lee Daniels. He said to me, 'Mo'Nique, you've been blackballed,'" she revealed in The Hollywood Reporter. "I said, 'Why?' And he said, 'Because you didn't play the game. And I said, 'Well, what game is that?' And he gave me no response," she concluded.

In her acceptance speech for the Oscar Award, she began by saying, "First, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics," seemingly shaming Director Daniels.

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Since that time, she had only been given minor roles. However, Monique continued to stand her ground against Hollywood critics.

"You don't let people mistreat you. You stand up for what's right," the actress explained to THR.

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Daniels Attacked Mo'Nique For Her Blackball Claims

Following her allegations, the director slammed back at her, as he believed the only person to blame for her career retrogression was the actress herself.

"I fought hard for her to get that job. I wanted her to get that job. And she was paid her money," Daniels told Raq Rants. "She was paid the money for the budget that we had. And for her to badmouth myself and Tyler and Oprah is disrespectful and it's wrong. She's out of pocket. She's really wrong."

He added, "I respect her [as an] actor because she gave me her soul, but I gave her my soul. And for that she was given the Golden Globe and the Academy Award, and 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 speak about Oprah and myself and Tyler is disrespectful."

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She Also Sued Netflix For Racial Discrimination


In 2018, the actress sued Netflix for discriminating against her racially and based on her gender.

According to statements released, the actress alleged the streaming platform offered her less money for a stand-up than her fellow male or white female comedians.

She also added that Netflix lacked diversity. In her lawsuit, she claimed Kevin Spacey was allowed to use the N-word in "House Of Cards" and alleged that Netflix's head of communications also used the N-word in a meeting.

"Netflix is one of Hollywood's most innovative companies, yet it not only perpetuates racial and gender inequality, it also takes advantage of a gender pay gap that disproportionately affects black women," Mo'Nique's lawyer, Michael W. Parks, said, per NBC News. "When Mo'Nique, one of the most well-known black female comedians in America, faced that anachronistic attitude, she knew it was time to challenge the status quo."

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Mo'Nique To Star In A Netflix-Movie Directed By Daniels

As reported by Deadline, Mo'Nique is to replace Octavia Spencer in Daniel's new film, "Demon House," following an unmitigable conflict, as her Apple TV+ show "Truth Be Told" clashed with the movie.

In the movie, Mo'Nique will star as "a social worker who helps a family through a series of exorcisms."

Other stars involved in the movie include Oscar-nominated "The United States Vs. Billie Holiday" star Andra Ray, Rob Morgan from "Don't Look Up," Caleb McLaughlin from "Stranger Things," Aunjanue Ellis from "King Richard" and Glenn Close.

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