Comedian Mo’Nique recently made an appearance on Steve Harvey’s talk show, and the conversation got heated.
The Oscar-winning actress stopped by the show to promote her new stand-up residency in Las Vegas, but she also discussed inequality within the entertainment industry.
She previously said she had been blackballed by Hollywood after she refused to promote the film “Precious,” which was directed by Lee Daniels and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, without being paid.
“We got labeled as ‘difficult’ because I said one word — and that was ‘no.’ I said ‘no’ to some very powerful people,” she said. “The difficulty came in when people that looked like me, like Oprah, Tyler, Lee Daniels and I got to put my brother Steve on the list, y’all knew that I was not wrong. Each one of you said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’re not wrong.’”
The entertainer also said her family “suffered” as a result of her decision and that she felt betrayed by Harvey when he publicly criticized her before speaking to her privately.
She added, “When you went on the air and said, ‘My sister burned too many bridges and there’s nothing I can do for her now,’ do you know how hurt I was?”
Harvey pushed back and replied that he thought she “went about it wrong.”
“I felt you had done yourself a disservice by the way you chose to go about it,” he told her. “When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth. We black out here. We can’t come out here and do it any kind of way we want to.”
After Mo’Nique declared she does not want to lose her integrity for money, Harvey told her, “I cannot, for the sake of my integrity, stand up here and let everybody that’s counting on me crumble so I can make a statement.”
By the end of the conversation, Harvey said he wanted to help Mo’Nique repair her relationship with Winfrey, Daniels and Perry.
“I hate what’s happening to you. I hate what they’re saying that’s not true,” he said. “What we need to do is move forward and fix this. These people owe you an apology. You owe those people an apology. Then we could move forward.”
Once the interview began circulating online, many chimed in on Twitter with their thoughts. Several condemned Harvey for championing money over integrity.
Others said they did not like that Harvey talked over Mo’Nique during their discussion.
And a few said they did agree with Harvey.
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