Mo’Nique has taken her Netflix boycott to national stages, pleading her case during Thursday’s episode of The View. The comedian discussed her low offer from Netflix for a comedy special, being blackballed after Precious and responds to Whoopi Goldberg’s attempt to “school” her on the ways of film promotion.
Upon taking a seat next to Joy Behar, Mo’Nique breaks down why she asked fans to boycott Netflix, lifting the explanation almost verbatim from her original Instagram post.
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Behar then brings up the uncomfortable question of Mo’Nique’s rumored diva behavior, which many believe is the reason she was arguably lowballed by the streaming service and has difficulty landing the same caliber of roles she has in previous years.
“Thank you for letting me speak on this. Eight years ago, I did a movie called Precious. On that movie, I received $50,000, and that was not my argument nor my fight because I knew what I signed up for.”
She went on to say that after fulfilling her contractual obligations, Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Lionsgate Studios wanted her to travel and promote the film for free, a statement that fellow actress Whoopi felt the need to address.
“I’m going to stop you, because contractually, when you make a movie, regardless of who you sign the deal with, your job is to go and promote said movie. When they wanted you to come, and we’ve had this conversation, and I said if you had called me, I could’ve schooled you on what was expected.”
The comedian responded that if she were contractually obligated to promote the film, she would have been sued for breach of contract, but the studio and producers knew they couldn’t because she was in the right. She went on to call out Lee, Winfrey and Perry again for unjustly tarnishing her reputation.
Pressed for time, Goldberg threw to commercial, but clearly didn’t fully agree with Mo’Nique’s stance. Check out the full segment below.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.