Mo’Nique is openly demanding what she is rightfully owed. The actress took to Instagram to speak about the reunion between Will Smith and his former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” costar, Janet Hubert. She congratulated the actor for publicly apologizing to Hubert following a feud that spanned decades, and now the Oscar winner is asking Tyler Perry to do the same for her.
“Hats off to Will Smith for apologizing for what he did to Janet Huberts (everybody’s Aunt Viv) career/life when he was young,” she captioned an Instagram post on Thursday (Nov. 19) along with a clip from the HBO Max reunion. “Perhaps Tyler Perry, who has admitted in private that he was wrong will follow suit & be man enough to apologize in public like he promised. We’ll work on Oprah & Lions Gate a little later.”
She added: “P.S. Tyler you won E! PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD for being the peoples champ for your body of work. Tell the truth about a [woman] named Mo’Nique who did nothing wrong & be a champion for the individuals who supported your career for years….THE BLACK WOMEN. PLEASE SWIPE TO HEAR TYLER PERRY SAY IT WITH HIS OWN WORDS.”
The director and Oprah served as executive producers on Precious, the movie that earned Mo’Nique an Oscar in 2010. In the post, she also included audio of a conversation she had with a man that she says is Perry, saying that she is “brilliantly talented” and that she should “have a lot more happening” since her Oscar win. The actress has claimed that she was accused of being “difficult” while filming Precious, which she says has affected her career.
Mo’Nique sued Netflix in 2018 for alleged race and sex discrimination after she says the streaming giant low balled her on an offer to produce a comedy special, and she said she expected people like Perry and Oprah to come out in her defense.
She also wrote an open letter to the TV mogul on Instagram in February. “You’ve watched me as a black woman, be accused of being difficult for not promoting Precious internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment (sic) ,” Mo’Nique wrote. “How are you for black women when you hear Tyler on audio saying I was right and he was going to speak up but you or him still haven’t said a word?” Oprah and the director have yet to address the situation.