Saturday, November 27, 2021

#WhoBitBeyoncé Has Been Solved: Tiffany Haddish Confirms it Was Sanaa Lathan

*In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tiffany Haddish confirmed the culprit behind #WhoBitBeyonce was indeed actress Sanaa Lathan.

The THR reporter conducting the interview whispered Lathan’s name to the comedian at the end of their conversation.

“I’m super good friends with her stepmom and her dad [Stan, a producer-director], and they were mad at me,” Haddish said, smiling to confirm Lathan was indeed the perpetrator. “They were like, ‘Why would you do this to the family? You know, black actresses, you guys have to stick together, it’s so hard for you guys to get work as it is, why would you try to ruin her career?'”

“But I didn’t try to ruin her career. I never said her name!” Haddish insisted. “I was just trying to say how Beyonce kept me from goin’ to jail that night. I coulda just shut my whole career down.”

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Lathan previously denied the story in a May interview with Health, calling the allegation “absurd,” “bizarre” and even funny.

“Yeah, it blew up. And I think it’s the most absurd thing I’ve ever been involved with,” Lathan said. “Thank God I’ve been in this business for 20 years and have had so many rumors about me. They used to devastate me in my 20s, but in order to survive in this business, you just have to let it roll. I adore Beyonce. I would never do anything malicious like that — to her, or to anyone. It’s so bizarre. I thought it was the funniest thing ever that it was a news story. It’s so crazy.”

Haddish also detailed to THR the time she hit on Leonardo DiCaprio, threw some shade at “racist” Roseanne Barr and said she tried to take Taylor Swift to her 20-year high school reunion. The pop star was down, but her security team wasn’t.

On Leo: 

“Yeah, I met him at a party two, three months ago, and I asked him if he’d let me hit that,” she begins. “He’s like, ‘Tiffany, you’re so funny.’ I’m like, ‘I’m serious.’ And then he goes, ‘I mean, I’d do it, but …’ I was like, ‘Come on, wasn’t you in a squad? The coochie squad or something?’ [Editor’s note: DiCaprio was famously a member of the “pussy posse” with pals Tobey Maguire and Kevin Connolly.] I told him, ‘My only stipulation: I wanna do it with you as your character in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.’ He starts bustin’ up laughin’. ‘Why?’ he asks, and I say, ‘Cause I feel like that performance deserves a real reward and that reward is this (gestures at her own body).’ He starts goin’ into how he got into the role, how he worked with these kids and all this stuff, and I’m just listenin’ and listenin’, like, ‘Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm.’ I finally go, ‘All that’s good, I just need to know, When’s this gonna happen?'”

On Roseanne:

“I don’t know if you know El Segundo [a coastal California town near LAX], but if you’re black and you’re driving through El Segundo, you’re going to get pulled over,” Haddish said. “I used to visit my friend Anna there, and it got to a point where I was calling the police officers by name. One day, we were walking around the neighborhood, and Anna says, ‘Oh, Roseanne lives there.’ Now, I loved Roseanne, and the next day, we walked by, and she was in her yard.”

“I say, ‘Hiiii, Roseanne,'” Haddish continued. “She looks at me (Haddish makes a disgusted face), and ran in the house. I thought, ‘Maybe she don’t want to be bothered today.’ A week later, we walk by again, and I told Anna — she’s Hispanic, but she looks white — she should say hi this time. So she says, ‘Hi, Roseanne,’ and Roseanne goes, ‘Hey!’ I thought, ‘Maybe she got to know us.'”

“Then I go back, like, a week later, I wave again and say, ‘Hi, Roseanne! I love your comedy,’ and she (Haddish makes the same disgusted face) and turns her head,” she said. “I think, ‘F–k that bitch.’ That was 2000, maybe 2001, so it’s not new. She been racist. Why’d you all give her a TV show?”

Haddish also describes her perfect day and reveals what’s on her bucket list:

“I’d wake up, smoke a little weed, have a sip of vodka, eat some food, go back to sleep, wake up again, turn on some cartoons, take a poop, smoke a little more weed, have some water, go back to sleep,” Haddish said in the video below.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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