Comedian Mo’Nique, birth name Monique Angela Hicks, tore into legendary talk show host Oprah Winfrey over her “betrayal” during a podcast interview Wednesday.
Appearing on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast, she targeted Winfrey over the time 14 years ago that the former talk show host purported to invite her brother Gerald Imes onto “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to apologize for having sexually abused her as a child.
Watch the full interview below if you’d like:
Hicks explained that Winfrey called her at the time to inform her that her brother had asked to be on the show to apologize. Hicks for her part said she “didn’t want anything to do” with the interview but was OK with it happening, simply for the fact that maybe her brother had learned something from the experience that he could share with the world.
But then something happened: Commercials for the interview began airing, and in them, Hicks spotted not just her brother but her entire family.
“I start seeing commercials with my mother and my father and my other brother who used to be my manager who knew the fear that I had with the brother that was up on stage. We never talked about my mother being there,” Hicks revealed.
“Imagine you then seeing your granddaddy and your grandmama on a show, and they’re talking about somebody that violated you, and that woman didn’t tell you that they were going to be there. How would you feel?” she added.
Monique tore Oprah a new one here. She did her so dirty. All for what? Ratings?
NGL… After hearing this I do believe Oprah did Taraji dirty and everything we’ve seen from the two is just PR.
Oprah comes off performative and untrustworthy. pic.twitter.com/3c1Pdl3EvW
— Podcast Papi (@ItsMicahB) February 7, 2024
It didn’t help that after the show, public critics began slamming the comedian’s mom for not putting a stop to the abuse.
“I would be in the store, and I would have elderly women coming up to me and they would say your mama ain’t shit,” Hicks explained. “They wasn’t lying, Shannon. They wasn’t lying, baby. Sometime you got to let the truth be the goddamn truth. Sometime you got to just go with it, but still, it’s my mother.”
During the podcast interview, Hicks also took sides in a separate matter involving Winfrey and actor Taraji P. Henson, who recently made headlines for complaining about the poor on-set conditions faced during the filming of “The Color Purple,” which was co-produced by Winfrey.
After the allegations were made, journalist Gayle King — who’s close friends with Winfrey — asked the TV host about the matter.
Winfrey said that as soon as she’d heard that Henson wasn’t happy about the set conditions, she’d gotten on the phone to fix the problem.
“Everything got handled,” she explained. “It’s so disturbing to me because why is my name even in this conversation? I’ve been the champion for everybody.”
Hicks wasn’t pleased by this self-serving line.
“Everything was, ‘Didn’t I champion for y’all?’ I was like, ‘Stop it. You didn’t champion for those Black women, for our sisters,” Hicks told Sharpe.
“What [she] did was, ‘We can treat them like we always treat them, who gon’ check me boo? I’m Oprah Winfrey,'” she added. “You know everything should have been done when you showed up. Now when you hear our beautiful sisters saying, ‘yeah but it got fixed,’ it’s like we’re making it worse.”
And lastly, Hicks shared some gossip about the relationship between Winfrey and King:
Mo’Nique gossiping about Gayle King & Oprah’s relationship is taking me out LMFAOOOO pic.twitter.com/pAdIahk76w
— TAY✰ (@Tayoprism) February 8, 2024
According to reports, Hicks has long beefed with Winfrey. About a year ago, she accused the talk show host of having had her blackballed from Hollywood for allegedly being difficult to work with.
She claimed the blackballing happened “after she opted out of participating in press during the Oscars campaign for the film [Precious] years ago,” according to The Root.
“Her decision came much to the chagrin of director Lee Daniels, whom Mo’nique would also become estranged from before reconciling with last year. It also prompted other Hollywood heavyweights like Tyler Perry and Oprah to weigh in, which the comedian said only further blackballed her in the industry,” The Root notes.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter last March, Hicks slammed Winfrey for her role in the alleged blackballing.
“As I explained to Oprah Winfrey, I said, ‘Oprah, I’m doing a talk show. I’m doing a comedy tour. I have a husband and I have babies. I have a little bit of downtime and I’m going to take advantage of it. So I’m not going anywhere because I’m not obligated to go anywhere. I’ve done my part,’” she said.
“So we mutually agreed to disagree. That was it. Next thing I know, I am considered ‘difficult’ and ‘hard to work with,’” she added.
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