Lee Daniels & Mo’Nique End Feud After ‘Precious’ Drop
Reconciled. nearly seven years later Mo’Nique – full name Monique Angela Hicks – alleged that her Precious director, Lee Daniels, had “blackballed” her from the film industry, the couple are on much better terms.
“[It took me] long to realize [this but] I’m so sorry for hurting you in any way,” Daniels, 62, told the 54-year-old comedian at his “Mo’Nique and Friends: April Fools Day with The Queen of Comedy” event on Friday. April 1st. by Twitter pictures. “All of you, she was my best friend – my best friend. You all think that Precious was just… It was God working through both of us.
“And we’re gonna f-king do it again,” he continued before the pair kissed. “I love you. I love you.”
The Grammy nominee brought in Daniels as a special guest on her comedy show in Staten Island, New York.
“NO CAPTION NEEDED. I LOVE US 4REAL❤️gushed Mo’Nique via Instagram on Friday, sharing a snap of the pair from the show.
Mo’Nique has already played in the years 2009 Precious – directed and produced by Daniels – as the mother of the titular character. The role won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress that year. However, her victory was the subject of controversy after Daniels allegedly criticized her for refusing to campaign for her.
“First of all, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about performance, not politics,” Mo’Nique noted in her acceptance speech, seemingly shading the butler director.
The Maryland native later alleged that those actions contributed to her being “blackballed” by the industry on Daniels’ behalf.
“How did the Oscar change my life? What it did was it gave me a new reality,” Mo’Nique said. The Hollywood Reporter in February 2015. “And it let me know that an award wasn’t going to change my life – that I had to control the change in my life.”
She continued: “I thought once you’ve won the prize, it’s the first prize – and therefore you’re supposed to be treated as if you’ve won the first prize. [But] I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me: ‘Mo’Nique, we blackballed you.’ And I said, ‘I was blackballed? Why was I blackballed?’ And he said, “Because you didn’t play along.” And I said, ‘Well, what game is this?’ And he gave me no answer.
Daniels, for his part, has continued to assert his innocence in the case over the years, noting that he has always called the parker alum a friend.
“It breaks my heart that she feels we blackballed her. No one blackballed her. Mo’Nique blackballed her,” Newspaper deliverer filmmaker told TMZ in July 2018.