The creator of Empire is revealing the reasons why!
Lee Daniels recently sat down with Don Lemon on CNN Tonight to initially talk about his groundbreaking drama on Fox but the the conversation quickly turned to other topics — namely Mo'Nique and her belief that she was "blackballed" by Hollywood after she won a Oscarfor her work in Daniels' movie Precious!
And Lee doesn't think Mo'Nique is wrong in her belief, and it all happened because she didn't play the game during awards season. Now we have more details.
Here's what he said:
"During the [Oscar] campaign, she was making unreasonable demands, and I remember thinking ‘this is when reverse racism happens.' You have to thank the producers of the film, you have to thank the studio, and she didn't understand that. People aren't going to respond well. I love her, I've spoken to her. She's brilliant, and I love working with brilliant people. Sometimes artists get in their own way — I know I certainly do often, I have my own demons. I think that there were demands that were made on the ‘Precious' campaign that everyone knows hurt her. I told her that.You've gotta play ball. This is not just show — it is show business."
He does NOT think, however, that any blackballing that happened to Mo'Nique was because of the color of her skin. He said:
"I don't like calling the race card, if I buy into it, then it's real."
Well, Don Lemon then brought Mo'Nique on the show for her take and she definitely responded!