Behind Mo'Nique's Long-Running Anger Toward Oprah

Brenda Watkins
February 15, 2019

Harvey didn't hold back in his response.

"Before the money game, it's called the integrity game", she said.

On Wednesday, the actress appeared on The Steve Harvey Show where she discussed allegedly being "blackballed" from Hollywood years ago. The actress, who starred in her own comedy sitcom The Parkers from 1999 to 2004, accused Daniels of intentionally damaging her career by taking away roles she had initially been offered. "The only way I know how to do it is loving because that's all that's in my heart".

"This problem that you had at Netflix are rich people problems, because they're looking at us saying 'you're talking about millions, well, you go this, so you outta be cool".

"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?" she asked before Steve pushed back.

Mo'Nique was recently making headlines for calling for a boycott of Netflix, after claiming she was lowballed, getting an offer for $500K for a comedy special while Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock both got $20 million. So has Mo'Nique taken his apology to heart? But isn't inequality extreme? "Isn't inequality extreme? We got to get to a place where we are unafraid to say it aloud".

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Harvey never once changes his disagreeable tone as Mo'Nique pontificates about the adversity she and other "marginalized" celebrities have been forced to endure. "We can't cure darkness with more darkness". During a stand-up set in 2017, the comedian slammed Daniels, Oprah and Perry, saying, "You are not paying me equally". "Before the money game, it's called the integrity game and we've lost the integrity anxious about the money".

"Let's go. You started getting labeled as hard", Harvey said at the beginning of the interview. "My husband did nothing wrong.' But none of y'all in real time was strong enough to go public and say, 'We can't throw our sister under the bus, '" she said.

Harvey responded with, "But see now Mo, let me give you this, because you and I had this conversation, I thought you went about it wrong". "We're Black out here. I don't want to lose your gift to the world because we trying to prove a point when we can prove the point by doing it in a more loving way". This is the money game. This ain't a Black man's game. "You can not help them like that". "I want them to know that you're caring, that you're a great mother, that you're an incredible talent". Harvey rejected her argument.

"If I crumble, my children crumble, my grandchildren crumble", he said. "I cannot for the sake of my integrity, stand up here, and let everybody that's counting on me, crumble so that I can make a statement. There are ways to win the war in a different way", Harvey told Mo'Nique.

Following the explosive interview, Harvey became a top trending topic on social media as the discussion of money vs. integrity continued.

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