PROOF GIVEN TODAY: REVEALING A LONG TOLD LIE IN HOLLYWOOD. 404-832-2963 https://t.co/H4jFU62GoS
— Mo'Nique Worldwide (@moworldwide) March 15, 2018
Mo’Nique and manager-husband Sidney Hicks are continuing their crusade to expose Hollywood secrets on the latest episode of their “Open Relationship” podcast.
The comedian has previously proclaimed she’s been blackballed in Hollywood by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels and she says the same has happened for former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington.
Mo’Nique’s husband, who lately has been backing his wife on various shows explaining why she’s calling for a boycott of Netflix, read a letter on Thursday, March 15, that explains Washington’s exit from the show was part of a false story given to Rhimes.
Mo’Nique and Sidney began the podcast by explaining how Washington was kicked off the hit ABC show in 2007 for allegedly hurling a gay slur at co-star T.R. Knight. The “Almost Christmas” actress then read an Entertainment Weekly article from that year, which said Washington had offered to resign and asked to tell his side of the story twice to no avail, according to sources.
Hicks later read an email “that happened to fall into our hands” from former ABC attorney Kim Clayton Hershman to an executive. In it, she said she knew they “threw Isaiah Washington under the bus for Patrick Dempsey,” the latter of whom was one of the other lead actors on the show.
It went on to say there were “misconceptions” about Washington’s work “due to the incorrect” information given. Thus, the network couldn’t hire Washington, who co-starred with Mo’Nique in the indie drama “Blackbird,” for the now-canceled ABC show “The Catch,” which premiered in 2016.
Apparently, the attorney was quickly fired after she tried to get Washington in on the gig.
“The false narrative that is being perpetuated is affecting my career,” Hershman, now a consultant, said.
Mo’Nique went on to say Washington was “mistreated” so much that “his livelihood was snatched.” She also noted that the actor’s family has been holding him down in the years since, as the discussion continued for 40 more minutes.
It seems Washington agrees with the comedian’s take on his firing. He retweeted Mo’Nique’s podcast to his nearly 100,000 followers and responded to a handful of fans who shared their shock over the revelations. Washington also tagged Mo’Nique with a quote from George Orwell.
.@moworldwide In a Time of Universal Deceit — Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act ✊🏾
— The Tweet Sniper💥 (@IWashington) March 16, 2018