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Mo'Nique Demands an Apology From Tyler Perry After Will Smith and Janet Hubert Make Amends

Mo'Nique still wants her public apology.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, HBO Max aired a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion that saw Will Smith and Janet Hubert, the first actress to play his mother on the '90s comedy series, make amends after decades of feuding. An act Mo'Nique is applauding—and one she hopes Tyler Perry is taking note of.

"Hats off to Will Smith for apologizing for what he did to Janet Huberts (everybody's Aunt Viv) career/life when he was young," she wrote in a Thursday, Nov. 19 Instagram post. "Perhaps Tyler Perry, who has admitted in private that he was wrong will follow suit & be man enough to apologize in public like he promised. We'll work on Oprah [Winfrey] & Lions Gate a little later."

Mo'Nique told her long-standing foe Tyler, with whom she has been feuding for a few years, "P.S. Tyler you won E! PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD for being the peoples champ for your body of work. Tell the truth about a women named Mo'Nique who did nothing wrong & be a champion for the individuals who supported your career for years....THE BLACK WOMEN...PLEASE SWIPE TO HEAR TYLER PERRY SAY IT WITH HIS OWN WORDS."

Tyler and Oprah, who served as executive producers on Precious, have not commented on Mo'Nique's remarks. The 52-year-old included in her post an audio recording of a man presumed to be Tyler calling her "brilliantly talented" and saying she should "have a lot more happening" since she won her Oscar for Precious in 2010. The date of the conversation is unclear.

"I thought for sure that if you had campaigned and won it and played by their rules, what would have happened is in the Netflix deal, you would have gotten millions of dollars, then your career in film would have been much different," the man said. "I believe that much in your talent."

In 2018, Mo'Nique sued Netflix for alleged race and sex discrimination. She accused the company of low balling her on an offer to produce a comedy special. Netflix said in response, "We care deeply about inclusion, equity, and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously. We believe our opening offer to Mo'Nique was fair—which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit."

Mo'Nique has long said in interviews she was accused of being "difficult" and criticized for not promoting Precious internationally. In 2015, she told the Hollywood Reporter that Precious director Lee Daniels told her she was "blackballed" after her Oscar win because she "didn't play the game." Daniels denied saying this.

"There have been people that have said, 'Mo'Nique, she can be difficult. Mo'Nique and her husband can be difficult,'" Mo'Nique told The Hollywood Reporter. "They could probably be right. One of the networks said to [Lee] that I was 'really difficult to work with.' And I said, 'Well, that's funny, because I've never even worked with them, but OK.'"

In 2018, she released a secretly recorded phone conversation between herself and Tyler in which he said that things would have gone differently for her career had she played "the game." Mo'Nique has in the past acknowledged her refusal to accept this advice from him. In the phone call, he also said he planned to find out how much Precious made and send it to her.

It is unclear if the audio recordings Mo'Nique released on Thursday were from the same past phone conversation.

"Here's the thing: He's never done it. We had given Tyler Perry a year to keep his word," Mo'Nique told Vulture in 2019. "Brother, you said you were going to come out and say something. Well, you never came out and said anything. And what was disheartening was people who were saying, 'How could you tape him?' But, they weren't saying, 'Oh my God, did you hear what he said? He said she wasn't wrong. He said he was going to say she wasn't wrong.'"

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by Anonymousreply 2411/22/2020

Mo'Nique then made a plea to Tyler. "There was never any. We didn't accept any money. We just said, 'Tyler, clear my name. Give me back my reputation.' No one's ever heard of me being difficult, being a problem, being nothing, until this movie Precious came. Until Mo'Nique said some words that sound like no. Then it's, 'Oh my God, you're a problem.'"

Mo'Nique has also feuded with Oprah for allegedly not defending her publicly. In February, the comedienne penned an open letter to the host and TV mogul on Instagram.

"You've watched me as a black woman, be accused of being difficult for not promoting Precious internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment (sic) ," Mo'Nique wrote on Instagram. "How are you for black women when you hear Tyler on audio saying I was right and he was going to speak up but you or him still haven't said a word?"

Mo'Nique said that she first met Winfrey at age 16 at the host's show in Baltimore. "I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up," Mo'Nique said. "You responded, 'you have to work really really hard.' My sixteen year old self didn't know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life 'harder.'"

Oprah has not responded publicly to Mo'Nique's comments.

by Anonymousreply 111/20/2020

Oh, no.

She doesn't seem difficult at all.


Psycho bitch.

by Anonymousreply 211/20/2020

I remember her Oscar promotion time ... she wouldn't do promos without being paid. Deserved what came later.

by Anonymousreply 311/20/2020

Theres no denying her performance in Precious was one of the best ever seen on film . Gurl has talent ,but she and her husband are her worst enemy . I cant be the only one who thought she would have been hilarious in Whoopi's role in Ghost. And I love me some Whoopi.

by Anonymousreply 411/20/2020

I’ve had the displeasure of working with her. She is horrible. Nasty and entitled. Her entourage was worse than most A listers and this was for a local news interview. She thinks because she’s black that every single black person should align themselves and agree with every gripe she has. That’s divisive. She’s not funny enough to carry a Netflix special. Fuck that rude bitch with the hairy legs.

by Anonymousreply 511/20/2020

I remember when she did her tour her tickets were being offered on Groupon, heavily discounted, and they weren’t shitty seats. Granted they were smaller venues but what was being offered was close to the stage.

She burned her bridges at BET with her talk show. At one point she had the rights to Hattie McDaniels life story of the rights to a autobiography. HBO wanted it and tried to work with her but they cut ties with her as well.

Maybe not an apology from Tyler Perry but maybe she can get Octavia Spencer to thank her publicly for turning down the help.

by Anonymousreply 611/20/2020

A classic example of an ego that has far outgrown its actual talent.

Reminds me of Ms. Nicks.

Monique is beyond obnoxious.

by Anonymousreply 711/20/2020

"Shut your hole, Honey. Mine's making money!"

by Anonymousreply 811/20/2020

These bitches have attitudes, that's why they don't work no more. Maybe if Mo'Nique wasn't bitter 24/7, people might want to work with her.

by Anonymousreply 911/20/2020

She sounds like one of the cuntiest cunts who ever cunted.

by Anonymousreply 1011/20/2020

Ironically, she wouldn't put up with someone who acted like she does.

Look in the mirror girl. And dump that worthless man who is ruining you and filling your head with all this hatred and conspiracies.

by Anonymousreply 1111/20/2020

Personality disorder. Real ghetto talking about money and what she thinks she should have. Yuck. She should sell her Oscar since she acts like she give a fuck about it. All her nasty behavior and attitude has deservedly made her the pariah she is.

by Anonymousreply 1211/20/2020

TL;DR: She mad no one say sorry.

by Anonymousreply 1311/20/2020

This committee owes me an apology!!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 1411/20/2020

It's sad because she does have actual talent.

However, if you deal with have to wonder if she is recording you/planning to sue you.

I hope one day, she dumps "Daddy" and comes to her senses.

by Anonymousreply 1511/20/2020

I remember she was pissed at Oprah for having the brother who sexually abused her on her show. I can’t blame her for that one.

by Anonymousreply 1611/20/2020

What happened to the queens of comedy Mo'Nique?

by Anonymousreply 1711/21/2020

I feel like she has been brainwashed by her husband/"Daddy" who is just taking advantage of her and ruined her career. Dump him and make amends!

by Anonymousreply 1811/22/2020

This cunt is such a bore.

by Anonymousreply 1911/22/2020

Her standup with women inmates was amazing.

by Anonymousreply 2011/22/2020

Mo'Nique and Tonya Pinkins star in "LEGENDS" on Broadway. Call Tele-Charge today!

by Anonymousreply 2111/22/2020

What Mo is forgetting is that Will apologized to Janet x27 years after she was fired. Grab a Snickers, have about 16 more years to wait, dear.

BTW, I worked at the SLS (now Sahara) where Mo had her "Vegas residency." On a good night, 150 people were in the venue if it was at capacity. If her comped suite (and separate, non-adjoining room for her husband) weren't ready when she arrived at 10AM (early arrival was never guaranteed, just a courtesy if available), she'd stomp around and pound her fists on the front desk of VIP services. She could take some lessons in being classy and gracious. The irony that Netflix is now airing 'The Parkers', and of course she won't promote that either.

by Anonymousreply 2211/22/2020

Mo'Nique - here is the closes thing you'll get to an apology:

Sorry - NOT SORRY!

ugly, fat, irrelevant twat.

by Anonymousreply 2311/22/2020

That's not quite the "demand" I expected it to be.

I get that she was screwed over, in part by her husband which I don't think she's quite realized yet, and partly by Oprah for having her gross asshole rapist brother on -- I still don't know how Oprah escaped unscathed from that, it was creepy beyond belief -- but Mo'Nique really needs to move on. She could do worse than dump the husband and find a therapist.

by Anonymousreply 2411/22/2020
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