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SO HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED: 'Blackballed' Mo'Nique Tells Steve Harvey He Should Have Had Her Back, He Says He's Not Going To 'Crumble' To 'Make A Statement'

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We already knew things got heated between Mo'Nique and Steve Harvey when she came on the show for a taping. Now, we see what exactly went down. See for yourself inside...

Two weeks ago, we told you ish got REAL between Mo'Nique and Steve Harvey when she appeared as a guest on his show, "STEVE."

Tea was spilled that Steve wanted Mo to apologize for her controversial comments about Whoopi Goldberg, along with what she has said in the past about Oprah and Tyler Perry. That "suck my d***" comment was a bit too much for Steve. At the time, it was reported that their discussion got SO heated Mo threatened to SLAP Steve.

“Steve said she needs to apologize," the source spilled at the time. “She threatened to hit Steve in the face. He told her if she hit him, her husband [Sidney Hicks] would have to come out and square off.”

We're not sure if the part about Mo's husband was edited out or not, but the conversation that aired on television didn't seem as serious as it was originally reported to be. Yes, it got heated, but not to the point where Steve and Mo's husband Sidney Hicks would be throwing bows. Mo did mention punching him, but it was in a comedic way and based on their friendship.  They were likely (at least semi) joking.

So here's what really happened...or what was aired...

Mo - who's gearing up for her Las Vegas residency at the SLS Hotel - said she and her husband were labeled "difficult" for saying no to a few Hollywood heavyweights. She said people like her "brother" Steve, Oprah, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels told her she wasn't wrong behind-the-scenes, but none of them never spoke up in her defense publicly. She went on a media run claiming she had been "blackballed" from the industry.

As you know, Mo declined to go to the Cannes Film Festival to promote Precious because she felt she should have been paid to go. She ended up winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.

Mo said she was hurt that Steve publicly criticized her without even talking to her first.

"Y’all knew I was not wrong. Each one of you said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’re not wrong. When you went on the air and said, ‘My sister burned too many bridges and there’s nothing I can do for her now,’ do you know how hurt I was?”

Steve said he felt she didn't do anything wrong, however, she went about it the wrong way. He said when she went on stage and told Oprah, Tyler and Lee to "suck her d*ck" that's when he had to step back.

“When you called me with the morning show on the phone, I said to you, ‘Steve, my family is suffering, is behind this and y’all know I did nothing wrong. Y’all know that my husband did nothing wrong. But none of y’all in real time, in real time, were strong enough to go publically and say ‘we can’t throw our sister under the bus,'" Mo said.

"We you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth. We black out here. We can’t come out here and do it any kind of way we want to,” Steve said. “This is the money game. This ain’t the black man’s game, this ain’t the white man’s game. This is the money game. And you cannot sacrifice yourself. The best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them.”

Mo responded, “Before the money game is the integrity game.” Steve continued, “If I crumble, my children crumble, my grandchildren crumble. I cannot, for the sake of my integrity, stand up here and let everybody that’s counting on me crumble so I can make a statement. There are ways to win the war in a different way."

Honestly, both have valid points.  But it comes down to how a person chooses to live THEIR life and go about THEIR own career.  Everybody will not take the same path and will not create or abide by the same rules.  And that's OK.

Watch it go down above and below.

By the end of their debate, Steve admitted he should have reached out to her and called her when everything was going down. He said he doesn't like the fact that she has been "blackballed" and want this to end for her. He offered to call up Oprah, Tyler and Lee and arrange to have them say what they want to say about the situation publicly and he wants her to apologize for bashing them publicly.

"Looking back on it, I probably should have called you more readily. But, I didn't, so now I'm here and moving forward as your big brother, I just want to help you Mo," Steve said.

"That's all I ever wanted," Mo said.

Just FYI, if Blackballed means a long Vegas residency (huge for a black female comedian especially), still winning awards and getting roles after the original Precious promo fiasco, and still having plenty of followers on her social media accounts and her podast with her husband, so be it.

Thoughts?

 

Photo: Mo's IG

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