*On his video podcast over the weekend, entertainment journalist Jawn Murray spent an hour and 18 minutes on the topic of Mo’Nique after the comedian tried to roast him last week in one of her live Periscope chats.
The actress told viewers that she didn’t understand why Murray wrote such mean things about her, and noted that he often used his pen as a “weapon” against her.
Jawn came fully stocked in his response, toting receipts and providing anecdotes that purported to prove one thing: the only person standing in Mo’Nique’s way is Mo’Nique.
Jawn said that Lionsgate, Tyler Perry, OWN, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels, Will Packer, Fox, TVLand, ABC, BET, CBS, The Talk, Netflix and Universal Pictures all refuse to work with the comedian for various reasons, based on her reputation.
Regarding Packer, who produced Mo’Nique’s film “Almost Christmas,” Jawn read an email he sent to her husband/manager Sidney Hicks that described Packer’s lack of patience with her constant demands on set.
Read an excerpt from the letter below:
Myself, my team, and Universal staff have gone out of their collective ways and bent over backwards to make Mo’Nique feel comfortable and respected during every step in this process. …You have rejected reasonable attempts at positive and proactive communication. Mo’Nique is a mentally talented actress who deserves better representation than that.
And to think that you have directed your vitriol at someone who was an advocate when it was time to cast this film even though I was warned by numerous people around the industry about hiring Mo’Nique, primarily because of the transnational costs of dealing with you.
And about Mo’nique’s call for a Netflix boycott over being offered $500,000 for a comedy special instead of the $12 million given to Amy Schumer, Murray says Mo’Nique was actually offered $3 million dollars from Netflix under the condition that she audition in front of network execs, but she refused.
Apparently Mo’Nique felt her level of stardom didn’t warrant an audition. Netflix reportedly agreed, but dropped their offer to $500,000 without the audition attached.
Watch Jawn Murray’s entire response to Mo’Nique above.