Mo’Nique and Steve Harvey Have Candid Conversation About Her Being Labeled Difficult

Mo’Nique appeared on the Steve Harvey Talk Show and talked with Harvey about her residency at the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas and her being labeled difficult.

There were rumors circulating that the two got into a heated argument, but it turned out to be a grown, honest and candid conversation between longtime friends.

The conversation began with Mo’Nique recounting the time she first met Harvey.

“He came up outside of that club and he said, ‘Young lady, you’re a millionaire and you don’t even know yet,'” said Mo’Nique reflecting on meeting Harvey. “Well I never forgot those words. And I held on to them, and it got me through.”

After celebrating Mo’Nique’s accomplishment of becoming the first Black female comedian to have a residency in Las Vegas (yaaassss), the conversation shifted to why she was originally labeled as difficult.

“My husband and I […], we got labeled as difficult, because I said one word. And that was no,” said Mo’Nique. “And the difficulty came in when people that looked like me, like Oprah, Tyler [Perry], Lee Daniels and I got to put my brother Steve on the list. Y’all knew I was not wrong. Each one of you said to me Mo’Nique you’re not wrong.”

Harvey responded telling Mo’Nique he was cool with her and implied he would’ve supported her standing up to Netflix, but said that she went about it the wrong way.

In January of 2018, Mo’Nique asked everyone to boycott Netflix after receiving a lowball from the streaming giant; however, the comedian being labeled difficult stems from the 2009 film Precious.

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Mo’Nique has been claiming that she was unfairly labeled difficult by Lee Daniels after not agreeing to do free promotion overseas for Precious. The film she was paid $50,000 for that grossed $63 million.

Since the conversation began, Mo’Nique has been consistent in her claims saying she did nothing wrong contractually and wasn’t going to “play the game.” 

Towards the end of the clip above, Mo’Nique and Harvey go back and forth about whether it’s the “money game” or the “integrity game.”

“You can not sacrifice yourself,” said Harvey. “The best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them.”

In the conclusion of their dialogue, Harvey offered to get the conversation started between Mo’Nique and those who wronged her, and then the veteran comedians hugged it out.

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Bryant Lydell

Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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