Days after Tiffany Haddish’s GQ profile made headlines, Mo’Nique is addressing comments “The Last O.G.” actress made regarding the Oscar winner’s conflict with Netflix.
On Thursday, March 29 full episode of “Mo’Nique & Sidney’s Open Relationship,” Mo’Nique began by reading Haddish’s remarks regarding questions surrounding Haddish’s Netflix deal. They came in the wake of Mo’Nique boycotting the streaming service for simply offering her $500,000 to do a comedy special.
“Haddish told GQ when discussing Mo’Nique’s boycott against Netflix and residuals, ‘My business run different than her business.'”
“The 38-year-old actress continued, ‘I don’t live her life. I don’t have that husband of hers. I’m looking at how [Netflix has] opened up so many opportunities for Black females and comedy. When my people are dying, that’s when you gonna catch me protesting. I’m not gonna protest because somebody got offered not the amount of money they wanted to get offered. If you don’t like what they’re offering you, just no longer do business with them. If I protest Netflix — what about all the Black shows that are on there? What about all the other actors that are working on there? All the Indians, the Hispanics, the Asians?'”
Despite rumblings of a beef between the comediennes, Mo’Nique maintains it’s all love for the rising star.
“Because number one, she’s my sister universally and she’s my sister in comedy,” she says. “However, I understand what she’s saying because she know not what she says.”
Mo’Nique explained that when BET airing “Comic View,” comedian Hope Flood had a petition saying comics should avoid going on because the network wouldn’t pay for airfare and hotel stays. Mo’Nique questioned why Flood would block their opportunities and Flood said that mentality meant the network would never pay for comedians to go on the show.
In essence, that’s the fight Mo’Nique is having today with Netflix. Still, she said she doesn’t fault Haddish.
“There’s nothing Tiffany Haddish can say that’s gone stop me from loving and supporting Tiffany Haddish,” Mo’Nique says. “Because what Tiffany Haddish has to understand, what all of us have to understand, there’s some babies coming behind us. Just like with us.”
She said that women like herself and those before her have “kicked in the door” for Haddish, who in turn will do the same for other young women after her.
“So what I will say to my sister is: don’t allow this industry … to start making your opinion of something of knocking someone that you don’t know,” Mo’Nique says.
Additionally, Mo’Nique addressed Haddish’s comments about her husband, Sidney Hicks, who has been criticised for leading the way to Mo’Nique being hard to work with.
“No, you don’t (have a husband like hers),” the “Queens of Comedy” star says. “But if you did, the deals may be a little better.”