After launching a boycott against Netflix in January of 2018 for allegedly failing to offer her what she believed to be a fair salary for her comedy special, Mo’Nique, 51, appeared on the The View to talk about her frustrations. And that’s when things got awkward as the Ghost star, 63, simply told her this: “I said if you had called me I could’ve schooled you on what was expected.” And the Precious actress is not happy about that interaction.
“When you have a woman saying, ‘I could have schooled you,’ someone would say, ‘What was the schooling going to be?’ When I look at this woman you say is our icon and our legend — she is,” Mo’Nique told Vulture. She continued, “But, how many things has Whoopi Goldberg executive produced? Whoopi Goldberg has always been the help, and I say that humbly. So what is it that you’re going to school me on? I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years.”
The Oscar winner was not done tearing into Whoopi, adding, “This is a woman who says ‘I could have schooled you,’ and this is a woman who accepted Ted Danson in blackface, and our community praises this woman. So oftentimes, we do it to ourselves. But, I just can’t. Understand, I love my sister. However, when you know you’re being fed the wrong food, you must say, ‘I can’t chew this, y’all.’”
According to Mo’Nique, the pair ended up having an honest conversation after the show’s encounter, but no wounds were healed. “In that moment I knew I was looking at a woman who didn’t give a damn about me,” The Parkers alum said. “And if she’s telling me, ‘Stop worrying about that little girl who not here yet,’ well, she forgot about the ones that came before her who were worried about her.”
Whoopi has not yet responded, but we can only imagine she will have plenty to say about her fellow comedian’s comments.