Mo’Nique reveals how she forgave Lee Daniels after 13-year feud

Mo’Nique has lastly moved on from her 13-year feud along with her “Treasured” director Lee Daniels.

“It’s a brand new chapter,” the Oscar-winner, 55, stated relating to their ongoing drama in a prolonged profile by the Hollywood Reporter.

“However not due to Hollywood,” she clarified, saying that it’s a “new chapter” as a result of her grandchildren are rising up.

“These issues, for me, are the precedence,” she stated.

“The Parkers” alum provided perception into the friendship they constructed after they first met at now-closed LA restaurant Reign in 2004 — only a half-decade earlier than making the 2009 indie drama.

Daniels, 63, requested her to star in his 2005 directorial debut, “Shadowboxer,” whose solid included Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr.

“We knew one another when there have been no cameras on, when there was no pink carpet,” she recalled. “We knew one another on 3 a.m. cellphone calls.

“I noticed a genius,” Mo’Nique stated of watching Daniels direct.

“I noticed somebody who was fearless, such a visionary, somebody unafraid to place these characters collectively unapologetically.”

Mo'Nique in her Oscar-winning turn as Mary Lee Johnston in 2009's Precious."
Mo’Nique in her Oscar-winning flip as Mary Lee Johnston in 2009’s Treasured.”
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Quick ahead to March 7, 2010, on the 82nd Academy Awards when Mo’Nique gained the Greatest Supporting Actress trophy for her position in “Treasured.”

Sadly, she didn’t thank Daniels in her acceptance speech.

Their rift reportedly started when Mo’Nique believed that she wouldn’t be paid sufficient through the promotional tour for “Treasured.”

She additionally felt drained as a result of her hectic schedule and wanted to take a breather and, later, alleged that Daniels “blackballed” her from getting components in Hollywood.

Just a few years down the highway, when Daniels was engaged on his 2013 Forrest Whitaker flick “The Butler,” he reached out to Mo’Nique to star.


The comedian also starred in Daniels' 2005 film "Shadowboxer."
The comic additionally starred in Daniels’ 2005 movie “Shadowboxer.”

Nonetheless, Oprah Winfrey scored the position that the humorist was up for — that of Whitaker’s spouse, Gloria Gaines.

Daniels and Mo’Nique didn’t communicate once more for a couple of extra years after “The Butler” — till the filmmaker reached out and famous that he wished her for the a part of Cookie Lyon within the Fox musical household drama “Empire.” 

As an alternative, Taraji P. Henson gained the half and finally obtained a Golden Globe Award for it in 2016.

In 2022, the duo’s relationship started to heal when Daniels requested Mo’Nique to look in his thriller “The Deliverance” — a job she accepted.

“He was like, ‘OK, so I wish to speak to you about this half.’ I stated, ‘Lee, we are able to’t speak about a component till we speak,’” she stated of his cellphone outreach to her. “And he was like, ‘I do know.’ After which we had an actual dialog. That was the second that he stated, ‘I’m going to apologize to you and your loved ones for something I’ve finished to harm y’all.’

“And what I stated to him was, ‘I admire that and we’re grateful for the apology. However as a result of it occurred publicly, you’ve got to apologize publicly.’

“And you realize what he says? ‘Inform me when and the place,’” she recalled.

“I am so sorry for hurting you in any way that I did,” Daniels said.
“I’m so sorry for hurting you in any manner that I did,” Daniels stated.
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Daniels then apologized to the BET star in April 2022 throughout her “Mo’Nique and Mates: April Fools Day With The Queen of Comedy” occasion in Staten Island shortly after asking her to star in “The Deliverance.” 

“I’m so sorry for hurting you in any manner that I did,” Daniels stated to her onstage on the time.

“She was my greatest buddy. My greatest buddy. [‘Precious’] was God working by means of each of us. And we’re going to f–kin’ do it once more,” he continued.

Mo’Nique — whose new Netflix particular, “My Title Is Mo’Nique,” premieres on April 4 — mirrored on the touching second.

“I don’t know if it’s ever been finished in historical past — {that a} large Hollywood director got here out and apologized to an actress for a wrongdoing,” she stated.

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