Mo’Nique is coming to the defense of fellow comedian Roseanne Barr after she was fired from her hit eponymous ABC show earlier this year over racist comments.
The Oscar winner stopped by KTLA Morning News on Friday and said that she wouldn’t put Barr on “the racist list” and that she has a “friend” in her.
“I remember when I had the Mo’Nique Show, and there were big, major black superstar talent that had white representatives and they told their talent, ‘That show is too black and we really don’t want you to go on there,'” Mo’Nique said. “But there was a white woman named Roseanne Barr that showed up for me. … And they didn’t hear the conversation when the cameras wasn’t rolling. … That woman was giving me some beautiful words.”
Mo’Nique said Barr was her “sister in comedy” and that she shouldn’t be discarded because of a “mistake” she made.
“My sister made a mistake and she said something I know she wishes she could take back,” she said. “But what I would ask is we don’t throw her away.”
Barr was fired from the rebooted Roseanne in May when she compared President Barack Obama’s former national adviser to an ape.
Barr had apologized claiming that she thought Jarrett, who’s Black, was White.
Check out Mo’Nique’s interview below, where she says she feels that she’s been blackballed in Hollywood.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.