Tiffany Haddish Talks Tracy Morgan, Her Racist Encounter With Roseanne & Being Invited To More Parties Since #BeyonceGate
In case you missed the memo, Tiffany Haddish still has the juice. And she recently landed her own cover of The Hollywood Reporter. We already know that Tiffany is a great storyteller and that’s what she did in this piece. Check the highlights from the piece where she shared her interpretation of Tracy Morgan’s alleged “hating,” her encounter with Roseanne that let her know she was terrible and essentially confirming the identity of the Beyoncé biter…
Her interaction with Leonardo DiCaprio
“Yeah, I met him at a party two, three months ago, and I asked him if he’d let me hit that,” she begins. “He’s like, ‘Tiffany, you’re so funny.’ I’m like, ‘I’m serious.’ And then he goes, ‘I mean, I’d do it, but …’ I was like, ‘Come on, wasn’t you in a squad? The coochie squad or something?’ [Editor’s note: DiCaprio was famously a member of the “pussy posse” with pals Tobey Maguire and Kevin Connolly.] I told him, ‘My only stipulation: I wanna do it with you as your character in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.’ He starts bustin’ up laughin’. ‘Why?’ he asks, and I say, ‘Cause I feel like that performance deserves a real reward and that reward is this (gestures at her own body).’ He starts goin’ into how he got into the role, how he worked with these kids and all this stuff, and I’m just listenin’ and listenin’, like, ‘Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm.’ I finally go, ‘All that’s good, I just need to know, When’s this gonna happen?'”
On Roseanne Barr
Haddish speaks directly into my tape recorder. “I don’t know if you know El Segundo [a coastal California town near LAX], but if you’re black and you’re driving through El Segundo, you’re going to get pulled over. I used to visit my friend Anna there, and it got to a point where I was calling the police officers by name. One day, we were walking around the neighborhood, and Anna says, ‘Oh, Roseanne lives there.’ Now, I loved Roseanne, and the next day we walked by, and she was in her yard. I say, ‘Hiiii, Roseanne.’ She looks at me (makes a disgusted face), and ran in the house. I thought, ‘Maybe she don’t want to be bothered today.’ A week later, we walk by again, and I told Anna — she’s Hispanic, but she looks white — she should say hi this time. So she says, ‘Hi, Roseanne,’ and Roseanne goes, ‘Hey!’ I thought, ‘Maybe she got to know us.’ Then I go back, like, a week later, I wave again and say, ‘Hi, Roseanne! I love your comedy,’ and she (makes the same disgusted face) and turns her head. I think, ‘Fuck that bitch.’ That was 2000, maybe 2001, so it’s not new. She been racist, why’d you all give her a TV show?”
The domestic abuse
As we’ve reported earlier, Haddish is currently in litigation with her ex-husband because of the domestic abuse she recounted in her book. So while she couldn’t speak about it herself, THR spoke to Jamie Masada of The Laugh Factory about what he personally witnessed. Masada, who attended Haddish’s wedding, says he still remembers her performing with a black eye.
“She was crying so much she was gasping for breath,” he says. “The emcee comes over and goes, ‘Tiffany, you’re next,’ and I told him, ‘You gotta put some other comics on first.’ But she says, ‘No, I’m going on, these people paid to see me.'” Masada starts to get emotional. “I’ll never forget it, she went into the bathroom, threw some water on her face, and then went out onstage, and for 30 minutes she made people laugh. There was so much pain inside her, but she didn’t allow any of it to show. In all my years, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Kevin Hart, fellow comedian and co-star in the upcoming Night School famously loaned $300 when he learned that she was sleeping in her car. He also advised that she write down her goals. Since that time she’s accomplished quite a few of them, including working with Jada Pinkett Smith, Whoopi Goldberg and Arsenio Hall.
On “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Hart joked that Haddish never gave him that money back. But Tiffany called b.s., saying he simply wouldn’t take it. “I tried to do $50 here, $100 there; once I had the whole $300, he was like, ‘I don’t want that. He’s like, ‘Get your car fixed, Tiffany. Why you still in the Geo Metro? Get the f*ck out the Geo Metro.’”
Before the success of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish had already committed to “The Last O.G.” with Tracy Morgan and some other projects. But since the deals were inked before her sudden rise, she’s making the money she would have made before more people knew her name.
“I could’ve been paid $80K, probably $90K, a show, but because we booked those before Girls Trip came out, I was getting paid like $20K, $15K, and it fucking sucked,” she says, polishing off her second vodka somewhere over Colorado. “I said to my manager, ‘I think we should just cancel them all, and then if they want to reinstate them, they gotta pay us this much money.’ He’s like, ‘Tiffany, that’s not a good way to do business.’ He said that’s like being a scoundrel, and I was like, ‘No, I’m being a pirate. I want all the booty.'”
Her relationship with Tracy Morgan and his comments
When the Jimmy Kimmel thing came out, he’s like (in Morgan’s voice), ‘I saw you on Jimmy Kimmel, you was nervous as fuck, huh?’ I’m like, ‘No …’ ‘Haddish, come on, I could see it in your eyes, you were scared.’ … But you don’t argue with Tracy, you just say, ‘OK, yeah, you’re right.'”
In light of Morgan saying that he didn’t want to talk about Haddish with an interviewer, her friend Lil Rel stepped forward and called Morgan a hater before saying, “Don’t bite the hand that keeps you relevant.” Tiffany asked him to delete the tweet. But Lil Rel refused. Instead, he replied, “”That motherfucker’s a hater.”
She said other comics have reached out to her too and she’s told them all, “”You guys, chill. He’s probably just tired of hearing my name. It’s exhausting. I’m tired of hearing my name. I could see how that could be irritating, like, ‘Hello, I died, people. I’m back from the dead. Tiffany’s cool, but it’s me sitting here now.’ So, I get it, I’m not mad about it, I love me some Tracy.”
Her last relationship
Haddish told THR her last relationship ended last August when she realized her boyfriend was trying to influence her career. At one point, she arrived to what she thought was just dinner with the two of them to find her man had invited a record executive to discuss a business opportunity. She broke up with him that night. She said, her “coochie’s been closed ever since.”
Who Bit Beyoncé
Haddish asks whether I know who did it, and I whisper the name that’s been rumored: Sanaa Lathan. She smiles. “I’m super good friends with her stepmom and her dad [Stan Lathan, a producer-director], and they were mad at me,” she reveals. “They were like, ‘Why would you do this to the family? You know, black actresses, you guys have to stick together, it’s so hard for you guys to get work as it is, why would you try to ruin her career?’ But I didn’t try to ruin her career. I never said her name! I was just trying to say how Beyonce kept me from goin’ to jail that night. I coulda just shut my whole career down.”
I wonder aloud if there’s been any other fallout, and she insists no, just the opposite. “The other day, someone was saying, like, ‘Oh my God, you should keep your mouth shut ’cause now you’re never gonna be invited to parties,’ but I got invited to way more parties after that,” she tells me. “It’s ridiculous how many parties. ‘Can you come to my party?’ ‘Can you come to my thing?’ They want me to talk about something at their thing ’cause they think, like, ‘This is gonna put me back on if Tiffany says something.'”