“He Was Heated”: Mo’Nique And Lee Daniels Got In An Argument After She Didn’t Thank Him In Oscar Speech
I’m not sure where all the back-and-forth between Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels is going to go (as in, what’s the end game?), but at this point, it’s getting messy. One minute she was telling us that he told her Hollywood blackballed her, then he tells us that her demands caused her to get blackballed, then she’s claiming that her demands weren’t even over-the-top, and now she’s saying that at the end of the day, it seems like Daniels is the one who really has an issue with her. That would actually make sense, considering that all the opportunities she was dropped from recently were his projects. Well, in a chat with TMZ, Mo’Nique kept this whole thing going and said that things went a bit left in their working relationship after she failed to thank him during her Oscar speech after winning “Best Supporting Actress” for Precious.
She started the interview by speaking on that initial conversation they had about being blackballed, but this time, she shared that a jab was taken at her husband/manager, Sidney Hicks.
“There was more of a conversation in reference to why Fox didn’t want me to play this character because he said, ‘they said you’re difficult.’ I said, ‘Lee why would you tell them that? You and I have never had any situations.’ And then he said, ‘Mama, you’ve been blackballed.’ I said ‘Well why have I been blackballed?’ He said, ‘because you didn’t play the game. And I said ‘Well what game is that?’ He never answered. And then he said, ‘Well, your husband is outbidding you…'”
From there, Mo’Nique shared that she thinks Daniels has had an issue with her since she failed to show him love during her Oscar’s speech. According to her, that really upset him.
“We had a conversation after the Oscars and he was heated. He said, ‘How could you not say my name at the Oscars?’ As I said to Mr. Daniels in reference to the award, ‘The only reason why, brother, I did not say your name,’ and I said it all the other times from the Golden Globes on, you can pull it up, ‘is because so many people were involved in that amazing project, it would have been unfair to just say your name.'”
When asked why she’s been so vocal about this situation in the media and gone up against Daniels and the folks at Fox, the actress said she wouldn’t have felt right if she kept quiet.
“You know what would give me pause, Harvey? To be silent.”