They've put their animosity to rest and have teamed together for a new film.
Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels have finally buried the hatchet after a 13-year rivalry, with Daniels publicly apologizing during her stand-up act at the “Mo’Nique and Friends: April Fools Day with The Queen of Comedy” event at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island.
“[It took me] a long time to realize [this but] I am so sorry for hurting you in any way that I did,” Daniels told the comedian, as per video shared by Twitter user PopCrave. “Y’all, she was my best friend — my best friend. Y’all think that Precious was just … That was God working through both of us.”
“And we’re gonna f–king do it again,” he added as the two hugged and danced onstage momentarily. “I love you. I love you.” They also shared a picture of themselves backstage cuddling and kissing, with each of them writing, “no caption was needed.”
After winning an Oscar for her major part in the film “Precious” as Mary Lee Johnston, alongside Gabourey Sidibe in 2010, Mo’Nique has had an ongoing conflict with the filmmaker, as well as Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey.
The controversy began when she claimed that they had blackballed her for failing to promote the film during awards season and told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that she hadn’t gotten the wage raise she anticipated.
“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago,” she said at that time. “And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ And I said, ‘I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.’ And I said, ‘Well, what game is that?’ And he gave me no response.”
Daniels later told the publication that “her demands through Precious” weren’t always in keeping with the campaign’s objectives at the time. “This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.”
The following month, Mo’Nique shared on Good Morning America that Daniels had an issue with her not mentioning his name the night of the Oscars. For his part, the filmmaker said in an interview with TMZ in 2018, “It breaks my heart that she feels that we blackballed her. No one blackballed her. Mo’Nique blackballed her.”
Andra Day, Glenn Close, Caleb McLaughlin, and Aunjanue Ellis (who just received an Academy Award nomination) all feature in the movie. The film package is thought to be worth $65 million, according to sources acquired by Deadline.