In a recent episode of Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast, Mo’Nique reignited her longstanding feud with Oprah Winfrey, accusing the media mogul of betrayal. The 56-year-old comedian and actress expressed her love for Winfrey but stated that she felt compelled to address their private issues publicly due to Winfrey’s previous comments about her.
Mo’Nique recalled an incident from 2010 when she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Precious.” She claimed that her husband, Sidney Hicks, told her Winfrey was visibly bothered by the crowd’s enthusiastic reaction to Mo’Nique’s win.
According to Mo’Nique, this moment marked a turning point in their relationship, as she began to notice that movie roles offered to her were later given to Winfrey.
She cited the movie “The Butler” as an example, claiming that director Lee Daniels offered her a role in the film, but Winfrey ultimately took the lead role. Mo’Nique also alleged a similar scenario with a Richard Pryor biopic, where Winfrey reportedly expressed interest in a role that was originally offered to Mo’Nique.
Another source of contention for Mo’Nique was Winfrey’s decision to interview her brother, Gerald Imes, who admitted to molesting her as a child. Despite initially not wanting anything to do with her brother or the interview, Mo’Nique said Winfrey offered to cancel the show but ultimately proceeded with it, including interviews with her parents, whom she had a strained relationship with.
Mo’Nique’s Stand: Speaking Truth to Power
Mo’Nique expressed feeling betrayed by Winfrey’s actions, stating,
“I understand it. But you betrayed me, sister.”
This latest public airing of grievances highlights the ongoing tension between the two prominent figures in the entertainment industry.
When asked about her motivation for speaking out, Mo’Nique emphasized the importance of addressing issues head-on.
“When you begin to speak about me privately, I’m going to speak about you publicly,” she asserted.
She also urged women to be confident in themselves, stating,
“People are going to love you or hate you, but finding your values and what makes you ‘you’ to be the best version of yourself is what really matters.”
In response to Winfrey’s offer to cancel the interview with her brother, Mo’Nique explained her decision to proceed with it, saying,
“I didn’t want to be the reason that a family didn’t have a chance to heal or move forward.”
However, she expressed disappointment at not being informed about the inclusion of her parents in the interview, saying,
“We never talked about my mother being there.”
This candid discussion sheds light on the complexities of relationships in the entertainment industry and the challenges of navigating personal and professional boundaries. As Mo’Nique continues to speak out about her experiences, it remains to be seen whether this public feud with Winfrey will reach a resolution.