Writer Lee Daniels and Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique needed their 13-year feud. Earlier this week, a video went viral of the two at “Mo’Nique and Friends: April Fools Day with The Queen of Comedy” in Staten Island. In front of a large audience, Lee Daniels apologized to Mo’Nique. He said, “I am so sorry for hurting you in any way that I did.”
Lee Daniels apologizes to Mo’Nique after not speaking for 13 years over ‘Precious’ dispute. pic.twitter.com/3pnIepmIYF
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 2, 2022
The two were once friends; however, in 2009, their relationship took a turn after working together on 2009’s Precious. Mo’Nique chose not to participate in the film’s awards campaign, and she wasn’t obligated to in her contract. She reportedly did the movie as a favor to Lee because she was paid $50,000 for the role, and Mo’Nique told CNN she was only contractually obligated to promote the film domestically.
Mo’Nique’s public dispute with Lee, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyler Perry resulted in her not booking acting gigs. Mo’Nique accused the power players of blackballing her from the movie industry. Mo’Nique said she’s been labeled “difficult to work with” and “tactless.” However, in 2010, she won an Oscar for Precious for best-supporting actress.
Lee confirmed Mo’Nique will co-star in his new Netflix film Demon House, saying, “And we’re gonna f*cking do it again!” Mo’Nique will play a social worker helping Andra Day and her family through a controversial exorcism in the upcoming release.
Social media reactions:
Oprah and Tyler Perry ALSO need to join Lee Daniels with a public apology to Mo’Nique. Many may have not liked her delivery, but she was never wrong.
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) April 2, 2022
It looks like Mo'Nique has recieved an apology from Lee Daniels. Now Tyler & Oprah what about yall? Since yall ruined her reputation and career for a significant amount of time. pic.twitter.com/MYboQGgBRL
— Queen..I Am Not Your Negro (🇺🇲 🦂🔮) (@Amazon_Queenn) April 2, 2022