Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels have been at odds since the release of their 2009 film Precious. Now, the two have buried the hatchet.
Daniels joined Mo’Nique on stage Friday night during her comedy show at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, New York. In a video posted by an attendee on Twitter, Daniels said: “I am so sorry for hurting you in any way that I did. She was my best friend, my best friend. Y’all think that Precious was just — that was God working, through both of us.”
Daniels, who directed Precious, then told fans: “And we’re gonna f—ing do it again!” Mo’Nique will replace Octavia Spencer in the upcoming horror film Demon House. The two ended their onstage moment together with both Mo’Nique and Daniels hugging and saying “I love you” to the other.
Mo’Nique previously accused Daniels of blacklisting her in the entertainment industry, after she refused to take part in some awards season events promoting Precious. Years later, in a 2018 interview with TMZ, Daniels insisted he didn’t torpedo Mo’Nique’s Hollywood career, that she did it herself by being difficult.
“Mo’Nique, I fought hard for her to get that job. I wanted her to get that job,” Daniels said about Precious. “She was paid her money. She was paid the money for the budget that we had, and for her to bad mouth myself, and Tyler [Perry] and Oprah [Winfrey], is disrespectful and it’s wrong. She is wrong. She’s out of pocket. She’s really wrong.”
Now that the two have patched things up, Daniels posted pictures of himself embracing Mo’Nique at her comedy show.
While accepting her Oscar for Precious Mo’Nique said her supporting actress win was about the performance, not campaigning for an award. “First, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics,” she said.