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Mo’Nique Confronts Charlamagne (AKA Brother Lenard) Over ‘Donkey Of The Day,’ Explains WHY Folks Say She’s Hard To Work With, Netflix Deal & More


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Mo’Nique stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to confront radio personality Charlamagne Tha God and the interview was many things. Get the highlights and the full interview inside…

When Mo’Nique went public with her Netflix boycott over, what she calls, racial and gender bias, that triggered Power 105’s Breakfast Club personality Charlamagne Tha God to give his infamous “Donkey of the Day.”

Apparently, that struck a nerve with Mo and she and her husband Sidney Hicks (who called in on the phone) wanted to confront him about it. And that’s exactly what she did. The Almost Christmas star sat down with Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee to lay everything about the Netflix deal and more on the table.

First and foremost, Mo was a bit shady with how she addressed Charlamagne calling him by his government name, Lenard. And when she pronounced incorrectly, he corrected her. Ha!

Mo said she was caught off guard that Charlamagne would give her the title of “Donkey of the Day.” She said when she met him at Turner Station in an elevator years ago, she met a young man who was full of humility and respect. So, she wanted to know exactly why he would “spread that poison” about her on the radio.

Charlamagne argued the case that Netflix is looking at it from a number standpoint on whether or not she could bring in a big enough audience. He used Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle as examples as they have gone on tours that sold out and even sold out arenas…recently. However, Mo feels like her resume should speak for itself and being a legend she should receive the same offer if not more than her counterparts.

They went back and forth about the Netflix deal and they both offered up valid points. We get what Charlamagne was saying about the numbers and we also understand where Mo is coming from as a black woman where we always have to work 10 times harder than everyone else and still get peanuts.

Mo bought up comedian George Kelly told her that Charlamagne told him he gave her the “Donkey of the Day” for “radio,” but Charlamagne denied it.

As for the rumors of her being difficult to work with, Angela Yee brought up what former editor-in-chief of EBONY magazine Amy Dubois Barnett wrote on social media about Mo being a “nightmare” to work with when she was shooting for the cover. Mo said the EBONY staff was being arrogant towards her and she’s wasn’t going to allow them to bully her around. 

She also explained how she took up for Almost Christmas director David Talbert and producer Will Packer when a white man on the set were referring to David and Will as “boys.” Sidney said Mo isn’t a person to allow people to be disrespected, so she stood up for them and that’s another reason folks claim she’s “difficult” to work with.

She also talked about being blackballed from the industry, why she’s still relevant and more. Towards the end, Mo seems to get heated and ends the interview.

Below is the full interview. It's worth watching the entire clip:

By the way, the interview was pre-recorded and Mo filmed it all on her Periscope. Toward the end of her Periscope, Mo looks at her phone and quietly calls Charlamagne a “puppet.” The clip is no longer on her Periscope.

However, here's a clip of what went down after the interview:




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