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‘Cuz Baby, I Didn’t Think We Was Gonna Get Here’: Lee Daniels and Mo’Nique Celebrate Their Collaboration After Decade-Long Feud

Lee Daniels and Mo’Nique were all smiles after filming their upcoming movie, “The Deliverance,” came to an end for the 54-year-old actress. 

The American film director uploaded a photo of himself with the comedian-turned-actress seemingly laughing together against a backdrop of people snapping cellphone shots and clapping. 

Lee Daniels and Mo’Nique. (Photo: @leedaniels/Instagram)

“It’s a wrap for @therealmoworldwife for #The Deliverance. Our journey continues… [red heart]” Daniels captioned his photo. 

Mo’Nique also posted the photo onto her page with the caption “WE BACK!! I LOVE US 4REAL IT’S A WRAP FOR ME ON THE DELIVERANCE”

Fans of the pair’s friendship shared their excitement in seeing the two finally together again in good spirits after a decade-long feud.

“This is beautiful. ‘Cuz baby.. I didn’t think we was gonna get here”

“I love when we heal and move forward”

“Great example of reconnecting through the power of forgiveness and its redemptive power it can bring into our lives.”

The last time audience’s saw Daniels and Mo’Nique collaborate was on the set of the 2009 Academy award-winning film “Precious.” The indie drama earned Mo’Nique her first Academy Award for her role as Precious’ mother, Mary.

However, feelings between Daniels and Mo’Nique were far from precious after the “Phat Girlz” actress revealed Daniels felt a type of way due to her refusing to campaign for her award. In 2015, Mo’Nique was interviewed by “The Hollywood Reporter” and described a phone call she received from Daniels proclaiming she has been blackballed.

“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. 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 responded to Mo’Nique’s claims and explained how some of her demands throughout filming “Precious” “soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.” 

Through the years, both Mo’Nique and Daniels have discussed their complicated relationship, and their feud looked as if there was no room for possible reconnection. That was until April 1, 2022 when Daniels publicly apologized to his former friend on stage in Staten Island, New York, for “hurting you in any way.” 

The two seemingly worked through their differences and Daniels eventually brought Mo’Nique onto his cast of upcoming Netflix film “The Deliverance” — originally titled “Demon House.”

Cast also includes Omar Epps, Andra Day, Caleb McLaughlin, Glenn Close, and many more stars.

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