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When Academy Award winning actress and comedienne Mo’Nique revealed director Lee Daniels told her she had been blackballed in the industry after her stellar performance in “Precious,” we were confused. How? When? But Why? We were certain Mo’Nique was about to blow up.

However, according to Daniels, who recently appeared on CNN for an interview with Don Lemon, “She was making unreasonable demands, and she wasn’t thinking — this was when reverse racism was happening, I think.” He added, “I told her, ‘You have to thank the producers of the film, you have to thank the studios.’ And I think she didn’t understand that, and I said, ‘People aren’t going to respond well if you don’t.”

Mo’Nique sat down with Inside Edition to clear her name. “I’m never willing to put my integrity at risk,” she said. But what about these demands?

“To say that I am difficult.. any project that I’ve done, when they say ‘wrap,’ we’re all hugging and crying, speaking about the great experience that we had,” she said.

“To stand up for what’s wrong, I couldn’t do that any differently. Would I not stand up for Gabourey Sidibe, who they wanted to fly coach to France, that’s a long ride and we’re big women. I’ll still stand up for that.”

She also revealed she was only paid $50,000 to star in “Precious.”

Watch the telling interview, below:


Lee Daniels’ Opens Up About Breaking Down Shooting A Scene On ‘Empire’ & Mo’Nique Being Blackballed In The Industry

Mo’Nique Reveals She Was ‘Blackballed’ From The Industry

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