Mo’Nique Calls Oprah Cowardly, Wants An Apology & Says ‘People Are Seeing You For What You Really Are’
Will this Mo’Nique and Oprah Winfrey feud ever be resolved? Mo’Nique is still firing off on Winfrey. But this time, she says people are starting to see the real Winfrey. During an interview with Comedy Hype, Mo’Nique sent a message to Winfrey and said,
“You know what you need to do, and stop hiding behind what you called negative comments. ‘Oh I don’t even deal with things like that.’ Because what people are beginning to do is see you for what you really are.”
As far as what started their ongoing feud, Mo’Nique reminded fans that during Winfrey’s talk show days, she called Mo’Nique and said her brother wanted to make an appearance on the show and tell his story of sexually abusing Mo’Nique. But Mo’Nique said she wanted nothing to do with him. She added that things went left after Winfrey vowed to cancel her brother’s appearance if Mo’Nique was uncomfortable with it. Considering this, she was shocked to see commercials with not only her brother but her also her parents and another brother. Her family ended up going on the show without Mo’Nique knowing. Mo’Nique said only one thing will make it right.
“Until that woman says ‘Let me apologize to you publicly’ it’ll be until the day I leave this earth. What you did was malicious, and it was intentional and it was ugly.”
The party came after Mo’Nique’s several failed attempts to speak with Winfrey privately.
“I see [Oprah] this night, and Alfre Woodard says to me, ‘We want you to understand Mo’Nique when we go into the red room, you can say what’s on your heart.’ Almost like there was a universal energy where this sister knew something needed to be said. I can’t say it factually but she said it a few times… They were going around the room getting people’s feelings on how they felt about when they got this Oscar. And it got to be my turn. And I really wasn’t impressed with the Oscar, so I really didn’t have anything to say to Lupita other than ‘play it your way. This is your turn.'”
She then turned to Winfrey and said,
“You know that you and I need to have this conversation. Why would you have my mother on your show? [I said this] in front of everyone. So for all the women that were there… people can say I’m loud, they can say I’m tactless, they can say I’m overbearing as Oprah Winfrey has considered me… but what they’ve never said is ‘she’s a liar.’ Ain’t nobody ever said Mo’Nique is lying. For all the women who were there that night, they know exactly what was said. And I said to her, ‘How could you have my mother on your show? That’s not what we discussed. You don’t understand what I’ve had to walk through since you’ve had my mother on your show.”
“I gotta deal with women coming up to me in WalMart saying, ‘Mo’Nique your mama ain’t s***. I gotta deal with that. Now I gotta defend… They ain’t lying, but I still gotta defend it cause that’s my mother. You don’t understand what position you put me in doing that, so this is my moment to talk to you.”
As for Winfrey’s response, Mo’Nique said,
“She took the cowardly way out. I won’t call her a coward, I’ll say it was cowardly… She said, ‘If you think I did something wrong, I want to apologize.’ And what my husband told me a long time ago… an apology isn’t something you think you need to give…She came off like Mother Earth that she is. ‘If you think I did something wrong…’ It ain’t what I think. You did do something wrong. You maliciously…you had full intentions of having my parents on your show and not saying anything to me. Was that for ratings? Were you just exploiting me?”
“There are some sisters who are truly bout it, bout it, because they sat back in those chairs. And they were looking like, ‘What we know Mo’Nique ain’t doing is lying.”
She also recounted looking up to Winfrey as a little girl, and Winfrey telling her that Winfrey once said looking at Mo’Nique was like looking at a younger version of herself.
“When I remind her that that’s what she said to me, she says, ‘Oh I say that to everybody.’ Well then what does that make you? Everybody reminds you of you? Or do you just say things in the moment?”
“I know Oprah Winfrey when the curtains are closed. I know her when the cameras aren’t running. That’s why Oprah Winfrey doesn’t want to sit down publicly with me and my husband to have a conversation. Because within minutes, the community will know who Oprah Winfrey really was. Because what she’s not used to is anybody asking her any questions.”
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