BET Axes The Mo’nique Show
In the two seasons that “The Mo’Nique Show” was on, I can’t say I was a huge fan. I didn’t hate the show, but to me, the guests were a bit of a snooze when placed next to Mo’Nique’s huge personality, and her constant bellowing and the way she would say “BABY” after every sentence could make my head hurt from time to time. But despite all that, seeing her in her element made me laugh (in a good way), and I definitely was impressed with the fact that Mo’Nique was doing such big things as a black woman in Hollywood. Winning an Academy Award and quickly turning that success into a fun nightly talk show where you could constantly be front and center to her brand of humor proved that homegirl was, how do they do say it? Oh yeah: #winning. But it could be a wrap on her nightly funfest according to multiple sources, and BET.
According to Rodney Ho of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution‘s blog Access Atlanta, after speaking with Rodney Perry, Mo’Nique’s parter-in-crime on the show, production is going on an “indefinite hiatus.” Perry said he got the 411 from the actresses’ husband, and hadn’t spoken with her yet as of that time. This hiatus information was confirmed by a spokesperson from BET, who chimed in with the following:
“The Mo’Nique Show will be on production hiatus beginning in the fall.” … Mo’Nique Hicks and The Mo’Nique Show are important to the BET Networks family and we look forward to continuing our relationship with her.”
The show was definitely ratings gold for the station, and it’s still unclear why after only two seasons, they would be calling it quits, even if only temporarily. Mo’Nique is supposedly looking to get back to acting, playing a supporting role in the indie film Bump, so either this is good timing for her, or she could have possibly cut things with the network for the time being to focus on her film work again. Either way, though I won’t be crying a river in front of the television every night, it’s still sad to see a show spearheaded by a black sistah go off the air. Another one actually, if your memory serves you well: first Tyra, then Oprah, now Mo’Nique. What is the world coming to!
Are you going to miss “The Mo’Nique Show”?