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Director Lee Daniels can't seem to get his stories straight on why Oscar-winning actress Mo'Nique was blackballed in Hollywood. First he said she was blackballed due to "reverse racism." Now he's singing a different tune.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mo'Nique said Daniels told her in a phone call that she was blackballed because she "didn’t play the game." When she asked him to specify, she said Daniels told her that her husband and manager Sidney Hicks was "outbidding you."

Daniels, who is openly gay, clarified his statement in an interview with CNN's openly gay anchor Don Lemon.

Daniels admitted that he used the term "reverse racism" in the wrong context when he told Mo"Nique that she was blackballed.

“I didn’t say that exactly… We were out on the campaign and she was making unreasonable demands… and this is where reverse racism, I think, happens,” he said.

Daniels then confabulated 2 separate incidents -- that Mo'Nique was making unreasonable demands while promoting 'Precious' and not thanking him when she won her Oscar award. “I said, ‘You have to thank the producers of the film, you have to thank the studio,’ and I think she didn’t understand that. And I said, ‘Listen, people aren’t going to respond well if you don’t.”

Daniels also added that Mo’Nique should “play ball” if she ever wants to work in Hollywood again.

On Thursday, Mo'Nique appeared on CNN with Don Lemon to rebut Daniels' claims that she was making demands.

“Actually, there were no demands,” she said. “There was a request from the movie studio, and they called and requested that I fly to France for the Cannes Film Festival. I simply said, ‘I respectfully decline.’ Because if you can remember at the time there was a talk show called, ‘The Mo’Nique Show,’ I was doing a comedy tour, I was actually in the awards season of the awards, and I’m also a wife and I’m a mommy. So when they called, I had a couple of days just down time, I wanted to spend that with my husband and my kids.”

Mo'Nique also explained Daniels' vague comment about her husband "outbidding" her.

“When the third call came and they said, 'What is it going to take to get Mo’Nique to France to the Cannes Film Festival?’ And my husband said, ‘Is there a number associated with it?’ And they said, ‘oh, we would never pay for anyone to do any promotions for a movie.’ And we said, ‘We understood.’ Because what people didn’t know was, I was paid $50,000 to do the movie ‘Precious,’” she continued. “And it really wasn’t about the money, I’m not complaining because I signed up to do it with my friend.”

Why are we not surprised that Daniels is a typical messy queen? He and Oprah can not get over the fact that Mo'Nique won an Oscar for 'Precious' and they didn't.

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  • *Kah* Namaste! Peace! Blessing! One Love!

    This is just too messy.

  • SummerBaby

    When she first started speaking out I thought to myself she should just be quiet, but now I think why should she be quiet. :shrug: I'm all for a person speaking their truth. :tea:

  • SummerBaby

    I do believe she should get a new manager if she hasn't done that already.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    It's a double edged sword. On one hand, she has a rep for her Bodymore attitude. On the other hand, her alabaster counterparts make unreasonable demands as well. The thing is, Black actors know they can't do that. Sad, but true. And her playing Cookie wouldn't have worked. Neither would Wesley being Luscious.

  • Blanche Devereaux

    Lee Daniels :rolleyes:

  • Beta

    :yawn:

  • MissHarlem

    Summer said it. She needs a new manager bc her husband hasn't been cutting it for awhile. Speak your peace just do it wisely.... :coffee:

  • Time to Waste

    So she is just determined to never work again huh!
    STFU!
    I'm all for speaking your mind, but not if it is going to take food out your kids mouth. You don't want to "play the game" find another line of work but you are diminishing your own talent and worth!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

    confabulated

    *****

    :heart: I see you Sandra :winky:

  • KDub

    He and Oprah can not get over the fact that Mo’Nique won an Oscar for ‘Precious’ and they didn’t.
    ^^^^^^
    I don't think Oprah was eem nominated for one for Precious tho? :shrug: She only did backing. No Oscar for promotional assistance.

  • MissArtist

    Precious is one of the WORST movies ever made. Pure garbage! They should both be blackballed for that mess! At least Lee went on to do The Butler and Empire. Mo'Nique does not look good here. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Do ALL of your damn job or find something else to do. It's a cold world, and I'm 100 percent positive Hollywood is colder. Shit or get off the pot!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

    Time Waster - I saw where you brought up Keyshia downstairs :facepalm: That situation is a hot mess. Bobby was dead wrong for that #keepittightforme line :hahaha:

  • SummerBaby

    I was paid $50,000 to do the movie ‘Precious,’” she continued. “And it really wasn’t about the money, I’m not complaining because I signed up to do it with my friend.”
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    If that's all she got, how much did Gabourey get :think:

  • MissHarlem

    :rofl: I wasn't even gonna correct that DUBB. A quick Google search can dispute that non factual statement

  • KDub

    And if anything Lee should be mad he ain't win for The Butler or get a nod. Oprah didnt either? I mean...pick a struggle. Ijs.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqjT_YqmNas Long Time Lurker

    :stop: Wesley was supposed to be Lucious and Mo'Nique, Cookie? :huh:

    :rofl:

    Maybe, just maybe, Wesley could have worked. But Mo'Nique as a SEXY ASS Cookie :no:

    :shrug:

  • Phrozen1der

    She's trippin.. Shutup ALREADY!!! :no:

  • KDub

    @Harlem...girl! I was like wait wtf Oprah gotta do with Precious? :wtf:

  • sassyshe

    Morning all :waves:

    Dragged myself to work after fighting a fever all weekend

    I think Lee is trying to be nice by not putting all Monique business out there cause there have been whispers since she married that man that she was going to hurt her career cause hes been known to act a fool and many said that after Monique won her award for Precious she started making unreasonable demands thus why BET her number one supporter shut down her night time show which was number one and didnt even look back

    @vdot I was so gonna say the same thing about Boobie but I can feel where he is coming from, why should he drop all his options cause now Keyshia want to work it out cause she got played out by yet another rapper and she about to do a few months in the pen

  • KDub

    Her church mama arms and hairy legs can be sexy @Lurker. Don't do that :no:

  • sassyshe

    SummerBaby says:

    I was paid $50,000 to do the movie ‘Precious,’” she continued. “And it really wasn’t about the money, I’m not complaining because I signed up to do it with my friend.”
    —————–
    If that’s all she got, how much did Gabourey get
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    I dont think it was more than $10,000 she said it before in an interview but she was happy to finally get a role

  • Time to Waste

    Time Waster – I saw where you brought up Keyshia downstairs :facepalm: That situation is a hot mess. Bobby was dead wrong for that #keepittightforme line :hahaha:
    ----------------------

    :lol:

    They both need Jesus!, I was over the screen shot though, girl you don't have any friends to call or something? Right to the Gram though. I'm also going to need the time line, cause about a week ago she 75 hopping on a piano for that ole ghey grand daddy

  • SummerBaby

    I could see Monique playing the "Cookie" roll in a movie, but I wouldn't want to watch her azz every week in that role.

  • MissHarlem

    Monique sleeping with the enemy and don't even know it :no:

  • Ms Peaches

    I know you all notice that Todd has not been wearing his ring since before his mother died. He ain't no pro athlete. Kandy knows darn well that Todd ain't in this marriage. No fukkin is a red, black, and green flag.

  • SummerBaby

    :lol:
    They both need Jesus!, I was over the screen shot though, girl you don’t have any friends to call or something? Right to the Gram though. I’m also going to need the time line, cause about a week ago she 75 hopping on a piano for that ole ghey grand daddy
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    Was the screen shot of her phone or something he sent someone else?

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Mo is really trying to get all the traction she can out of this little nothing story. Too bad her antics are going to insure that she doesn't get any more work. Sometime we can be too hood for our own hood. I discovered that about myself recently.

  • Time to Waste

    I was paid $50,000 to do the movie ‘Precious,’” she continued. “And it really wasn’t about the money, I’m not complaining because I signed up to do it with my friend.”
    —————–
    If that’s all she got, how much did Gabourey get :think:
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    :yes:
    But she got a Oscar and should have had mad jobs lined up after.
    Look at Gabby. Gabby probably got 10K because she was a no name.
    Gabby hasn't stopped working since, even Mimi getting roles :lol:

  • MissHarlem

    Movies like that is not about the money. Those roles paid off in other ways. Monique just did the opposite of capitalizing :no: hustling backwards my number one pet peeve

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    :facepalm: sick of hearing about this bullshyt

  • sassyshe

    SummerBaby says:

    They both need Jesus!, I was over the screen shot though, girl you don’t have any friends to call or something? Right to the Gram though. I’m also going to need the time line, cause about a week ago she 75 hopping on a piano for that ole ghey grand daddy
    —————–
    Was the screen shot of her phone or something he sent someone else?

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    I think the "love interest" sent it to her or Keyshia was catching up on episodes of LHHNY and decided to do a Diamond

  • SummerBaby

    Monique sleeping with the enemy and don’t even know it :no:
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    :yes:

  • Time to Waste

    Was the screen shot of her phone or something he sent someone else?
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    It looked like she took a pic of his phone with hers.

  • MissHarlem

    If I was Todd I wouldn't wear it either....then again I wouldn't have married her to begin with. Kandi lives and sucks on her moms c!it so there is NO room for a husband. And that Riley.....lawd lemme stop bc she is a "child"

  • MissArtist

    If Mo'Nique was Cookie, I probably wouldn't even watch. It would kill the whole show. She was actually pretty on The Parkers, but idk what happened :no: She actually looked better big :kona:

  • http://instagram.com/p/xf0TD-kTEZ/ A.J.

    It’s a cold world, and I’m 100 percent positive Hollywood is colder. **** or get off the pot!
    __________
    All of this :thumbsup: :tea:

  • http://instagram.com/p/xf0TD-kTEZ/ A.J.

    If that’s all she got, how much did Gabourey get
    ____________
    Year supply of Church's Chicken :tea:

  • KDub

    Mo needs to be glad really honestly to have even won anything. To go from a black comedienne only known to black audiences; to an OSCAR winner? From Phat Girlz the movie to an Oscar? Where the hell they do that at? No matter what happened after that, you need to do some self reflection about what next steps are sista girl. Cause that mess? Ain't never happening again probably in our lifetime. Its yt's and blacks alike that been acting for years, trained in the CRAFT that dont have one. Sorry but not damn sorry. Hollywood probably wishes they could revoke it now you keep making a stink. Years later.

  • http://thegameonbetblog.tumblr.com/ Bird

    So when they called, I had a couple of days just down time, I wanted to spend that with my husband and my kids.
    ******************

    That's all to the good. I totally get that. So hopefully she can humble herself enough to get a TV gig where she won't have to travel as much. The big stars put their careers before their families, hence the high divorce rate in Hollyweird.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    What Keyloco do now? Still putting her business on tmr street?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    :newpost:

  • MissHarlem

    DUBB just summed that up so no need to font anymore about that.

    What the topic is :waiting:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

    she got played out by yet another rapper and she about to do a few months in the pen

    And

    about a week ago she 75 hopping on a piano for that ole ghey grand daddy

    *******

    :rofl: :rofl:

    With those crackheads dutty winding in the background :hahaha:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    She should just Shuther fat face <--WATT I usually tell MsTake :hahaha:

    Sometimes, you have to bite the bullet :shrug:

    You took a chance... Don't be mad that it didn't pan out as you hoped/expected. Or hail be mad, scratch ya ass and get glad :rofl: We used to say that :lol:

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

    Mo needs to be glad really honestly to have even won anything. To go from a black comedienne only known to black audiences; to an OSCAR winner? From Phat Girlz the movie to an Oscar? Where the hell they do that at? No matter what happened after that, you need to do some self reflection about what next steps are sista girl. Cause that mess? Ain’t never happening again probably in our lifetime. Its yt’s and blacks alike that been acting for years, trained in the CRAFT that dont have one. Sorry but not damn sorry. Hollywood probably wishes they could revoke it now you keep making a stink. Years later.

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    :claps:

  • Yawncé

    This all happened because she refused to shave her legs. *Industry insiders are whispering*

  • Sucker Free Esq.

    she needs to stop talking. just stop. close that pie hole and keep it shut.

  • inter_loop

    I'm with Mo'nique on this one!

  • inter_loop

    Everybody talking about She should be glad? Glad about what? Glad that not only do we have to BEG for thier awards, but they hand them out for the most degenerating roles. Black people are so sycophantic somethings!

  • pointhimout

    and to think she worked more when she was just 'Mo'Nique' with no Oscar. The thing is, Lee Daniels has had hit after hit because he aligned himself with the right power people and didn't piss anyone off. She did, so this is the consequence of pissing off the wrong person.

    I remember an adjuster having to work a claim filed on the house she lived in while in Atlanta years back. "Do you know who I am?" is all, to this day, every single employee remembers about her. She can stop playing victim and suck it up. #botheredmuch

  • Lodak

    50K? dahm...Mo made more than that on The Parkers.