Mo’Nique still hasn’t forgiven Oprah Winfrey for family’s talk show appearance, awkward backstage apology showdown reveals

Lee Daniel’s Precious won big during awards season years ago, with a ton of praise for supporting actress Mo’Nique. But tensions between her and producer Oprah grew when her estranged family appeared on an episode of her talk show. More than a decade later, Mo’Nique says she still hasn’t forgiven Oprah Winfrey for her family’s appearance on the talk show, while sharing the awkward backstage apology that followed.

Mo’Nique seems like the type of talent who wants to make her own rules in Hollywood. After her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Precious, she said she didn’t become a bigger star, with director Lee Daniels telling her she was “blackballed” for having a reputation for being hard to work with. According The Hollywood Reporterthese accusations could come from when Mo’Nique approached Precious‘ co-producer Oprah Winfrey on why she refused to travel to France to do a promotional tour for the Oscar-nominated film.

As I explained to Oprah Winfrey, I said, “Oprah, I’m doing a talk show.” I’m doing a comedy tour. I have a husband and I have babies. I have some free time and I’m going to take advantage of it. So I’m not going anywhere because I don’t have to go anywhere. I did my part. So we mutually agreed not to agree. That was it. The next thing I know is that I’m considered ‘difficult’ and ‘difficult to work with’.

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