Welp… it doesn’t look like this Mo’Nique ‘Blackballing’ situation is going away anytime soon (at least not if she can help it).
In the ongoing saga over whether the Academy Award winning actress was ever offered the coveted role of Cookie Lyon on the hit Fox series “Empire,” Mo’nique is back and this time… she’s pulled receipts!
[FLASHBACK: Gabborey Sidebe Chimes in on Mo’Nique Drama… ]
Mo’Nique recently appeared on the SiriusXM radio show “Sway in the morning,” where she told host Sway Calloway that last year, Daniels called her saying, “You got the role, but you know, there’s some technical stuff — I aint’ never done TV before, so you gotta go through the technical part.”
Mo’Nique then produced proof of their conversation… printed-out emails she said were sent to her by Daniels’ camp shortly after their conversation, asking her representatives to coordinate a screen test, before they later announced the deal was dead.
The issue first arose earlier this year when Mo’Nique said in an interview that Daniels told her she was meant to play Cookie. That wasn’t the only project the actress said Daniels promised her. She also claimed that she had previously been in talks with Daniels to play the character that Oprah Winfrey ultimately portrayed in the critically acclaimed 2013 civil rights drama “The Butler.”
Below are some of the emails as read aloud by Sway:
Feb. 18, 2014
Lee Daniels had a conversation with Mo’Nique about his new television pilot for Imagine TV/Fox called “Empire.” We would like to screen test her for the role of ‘Cookie.’ Please contact us with her television quotes, so that we can start a test, option, deal. We are tentatively looking at Monday, Feb 24 for the screen test.
Feb. 18, 2014
Hello I am following up on my previous e-mail regarding Lee Daniels‘ pilot and Mo’Nique’s television quotes. This is a time sensitive matter. Lee really does not want Mo’Nique to miss this opportunity.
March 3, 2014
Unfortunately it’s not going any further for Mo’Nique. Lee fought for her because he thought she would be great for the pilot but studio and network executives insisted on offering the role to Taraji. Thank you so much for providing us with her information. Sorry it didn’t work out. We’re all big fans of hers.
“We sent Lee an email and we said ‘Hey Lee, here are the emails because you may have forgotten about this communication. You may want to clear my name brother because it’s now right here.’ But we’ve not heard anything from him.”
She goes on to clarify why she’s still speaking on the issue, stating:
“When people were making it seem like I was just pulling something out the air, and I was trying to attack this brother, I’m like, ‘Guys, I have the emails, the communication, going back and forth, with Lee Daniels,’”
Mo’Nique continued, adding, “When he began to say things that just weren’t true, that’s when I had to say, ‘brother, I can’t allow you to do that.’”
Mo’Nique added that she would welcome a dialogue with Daniels on the matter.
Chile…. this situation gets messier and messier by the day.