May 16, 2019
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Since Mo’Nique‘s call to boycott Netflix in 2018 for what she says was “gender and color bias”, the comedian has been at the forefront of many headlines (remember that heated debate on The View and on Steve?) regarding the issue. And now with the cancellation of Steve Harvey‘s daytime talk show, being replaced with Melissa McCarthy as the host on Little Big Shots along with FOX saying goodbye to Lee Daniels‘ STAR and Empire, many online felt as if it were karma for the times they’ve seemingly blamed Mo for being blackballed (in March Steve told DL Hughley their interview was edited to “protect” her).
*Steve Harvey Show cancelled*
Monique: … pic.twitter.com/bllMRKvYXy
— CHAMP (@itsChampJohnson) May 13, 2019
lee daniels and steve harvey were adamant that monique needed to learn and play the game; meanwhile, their shows are getting cancelled left and right. imagine that pic.twitter.com/ZFDP9NFfrZ
— lauren. (@leauxmichelle) May 14, 2019
NBC: We want to cancel the Steve Harvey Daytime Show
— Antoine Hill (@ImJustToinee) May 11, 2019
But what fans got was the complete opposite and we shouldn’t be surprised (Mo congratulated Tiffany Haddish on her Netflix deal with such grace). On an episode of her and her husband Sidney Hicks‘ show Open Relationship, the pair talked about the celebratory memes she was being tagged in and assured fans she was not excited about the cancellation of Harvey’s and Lee’s shows.
“We do not celebrate someone else’s demise. We do not stand and applaud and say, “yeah that’s what you get”. That’s not what we’re coming from, that’s not what we do. Steve Harvey, I’ve considered him my friend…and as my friend, it wasn’t to put my friend down, it was to say this is what it is. When it comes to brother Lee Daniels…don’t celebrate him getting those shows canceled. You can’t celebrate Lee Daniels getting canceled because so many other people lose those jobs. If we continue to do that, we’ll continue to be treated the way that we’re treated.”
Watch Why Do We Celebrate Failure? below.
While we may differ on where we stand on Mo’Nique’s delivery and approach over the years, you have to respect the courage and tenacity to stand up against some of the biggest names in Hollywood — both white and black. Love Mo? You can catch her in Las Vegas at her residency this summer.
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