During Mo’Nique’s stop on “The View” Thursday, Feb. 22, the comic discussed her usual topic as of late, her Netflix boycott. However, she also addressed accusations that she’s difficult to work with. As the “Almost Christmas” actress hit back at that long-standing allegation, fireworks erupted between her and Whoopi Goldberg.
Mo’Nique explained she got $50,000 to film “Precious,” which she signed on with director Lee Daniels to do, and that she had completed her contractual obligations for the film.
“Then, when I start getting calls from Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate and they wanted me to come work for free, to go over to Canne [Film Festival in Fance] and promote the film internationally. And I said to them ‘My deal is with Lee Daniels and I’ve done my job.’ And they all agreed.”
That’s when Goldberg chimed in and said one of the obligations of making a movie is to promote it, which the two had discussed.
“And I said, ‘If you had called me, I could have schooled you on what was expected,'” Goldberg said.
“And what I said to you, my sweet sister, I said, ‘At what point do we stop saying ‘the next time?” If I had done something wrong contractually, they would have sued me. The reason why no one could do anything to me contractually because they found out I did nothing wrong contractually.”
She added that after she refused to go overseas to promote the book-based film, Winfrey, Daniels, Perry — whom she accused of blackballing her — and Lionsgate took “my livelihood.”
“So for 8 years, my family has suffered, and my career has suffered because what I would not allow those entities to do was bully me,” she says. “And because I didn’t allow the bullying to happen, this is now what I sit in.”