Mo'Nique on Lee Daniels: "Mr. Daniels Had a Problem I Didn't Say His Name" the Night of the Oscars

Mo'Nique continues to clap back against Lee Daniels' accusation that she has been "blackballed" by Hollywood. She sat down with Deborah Roberts to clarify that she and her career are fine.

People were saying, ‘Someone needs to teach Mo’Nique a lesson because she’s not playing the game, and she’s gonna get in her own way of winning this award, because it seems like she’s choosing her family over Hollywood.’ I don’t think Hollywood has turned its nose up to me. I think that those are feelings that Mr. Daniels is having. And then he said, ‘You know, there were things that Mo’Nique – she didn’t thank the producers, and she didn’t thank the studio, and that’s just not things that you do.’ Well, it had nothing to do with the producers, nor the studio. Mr. Daniels had a problem that I didn’t say his name the night of the Oscar awards.

Mo'Nique reiterated that she will not lose herself while trying to further career in Hollywood.

I appreciate that comment because he’s absolutely right – it is show business. A game does have to be played. But why can’t we play the fair game? Why can’t we play the right game? If you’re asking, am I willing to put my integrity on the line for Hollywood? No.

Watch the entire interview below.

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