Baltimore’s own Mo’Nique is still on a public media tour about how wronged she was by the industry and director Lee Daniels. The actress and comedian sat down with Sway in the Morning where she revealed she had email proof that she had been offered the role of Cookie Lyon which eventually went to Taraji P. Henson. Check the video and the email below:
Feb. 18, 2014
Hello I am following up on my previous e-mail regarding Lee Daniels’ pilot and Mo’Nique’s television quotes. This is a time sensitive matter. Lee really does not want Mo’Nique to miss this opportunity.
The confusion comes in on behalf of Daniels, who apparently didn’t realize he could just offer someone a role without getting approval from network executives first, because on March 3, according to an email, the deal fell through:
March 3, 2014
Unfortunately it’s not going any further for Mo’Nique. Lee fought for her because he thought she would be great for the pilot but studio and network executives insisted on offering the role to Taraji. Thank you so much for providing us with her information. Sorry it didn’t work out. We’re all big fans of hers.
Well that sucks if true. We hope that Mo’Nique finds comfort in what’s meant to be for her will be.