Mo’Nique knows what it’s like to have folks turn their backs on you in Hollywood.
The Oscar winning actress, who firmly believes she was blackballed in the industry by Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels, is now throwing her support behind another fallen comedienne, Roseanne Barr.
While appearing on the KTLA Morning Showing on Friday, Mo’Nique described Barr as her “sister in comedy” and called the infamous tweet that got her Roseanne show canceled, a “mistake” saying she wouldn’t “put (Barr) on the racist list.”
“My sister made a mistake and she said something I know she wishes she could take back,” Mo’Nique said. “But what I would ask is we don’t throw her away.”
Barr’s reboot of her hit sitcom was canceled by ABC almost immediately after the star posted a tweet comparing former Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape.
Barr later apologized to Jarrett on Twitter and asked the network not to punish the entire show’s crew for her tweet. Production of a spinoff of the reboot, without Barr, was later given the green light by ABC.
Mo’Nique told host Sam Rubin that despite the situation, Barr will always “have a friend in me” and recounted a time early on in her career, when Roseanne was there for her when many people would not.
“I remember when I had the ‘Mo’Nique Show,’ and there were big, major black superstar talent that had white representatives and they told their talent, ‘That show is too black and we really don’t want you to go on there,'” Mo’Nique said. “But there was a white woman named Roseanne Barr that showed up for me. … And they didn’t hear the conversation when the cameras wasn’t rolling. … That woman was giving me some beautiful words.”
During her interview, Mo’Nique also touched on her own struggles in Hollywood since winning the Academy Award in 2009, and told Rubin that she STILL believes she has been blackballed.
Mo’Nique appeared alongside comedian Tone-X, with whom she has an upcoming show at the Brea Improv.