LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 15: Comedian/actress Mo'Nique arrives at the seventh annual Hoodie Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center August 15, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Mo’Nique recently appeared on KTLA promoting her comedy show. The host asked for her thoughts about the Roseanne controversy.
The comedian says, “Roseanne Barr is my sister in comedy and she’s my universal sister.”
She says for that reason she won’t “throw away” the embattled actress/comedian.
The Precious actress also says Roseanne made a “mistake” and we all should be able to relate to that fact.
Mo’Nique goes on to share her experience with Roseanne.
We all remember The Mo’Nique Show, right? If you don’t, it was a late-night talk show on BET that premiered in 2009 but was short-lived, being cancelled in 2011. The show had a range of celebrity guests from Taraji P. Henson to Gabrielle Union to Patti Labelle. However, Mo’Nique says they invited some stars but their “white representatives” ultimately declined the invitation because “that show is too black and we really don’t want you to go on there”.
The Academy Award winner says, “but there was a white woman named Roseanne Barr that showed up for me when people who looked like me....but that woman when we called, there wasn’t a question”.
She says Roseanne told her people will “consider you difficult....call you the b-word”.
The 50-year-old says you can’t dress up what Roseanne said (referring to her tweets about Valerie Jarrett) but we should accept her apology.
The actress says she wants Roseanne Barr to know: “I love you. I know you made a mistake. I know you messed up but I still won’t throw you away. I won’t put you on a racist list and say ‘oh never again’”.
Mo’Nique also mentioned Tyler Perry, Oprah, Lee Daniels and being black-balled.
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In her first televised interview since the infamous post, which cost her her newly rebooted “Roseanne” show, she told the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity that she’s not a racist, and that she was “so sad that people thought” her remarks about Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, were “racist.”
“I’ve apologized a lot. It’s been two months,” Barr told Hannity. “I feel like I have apologized and explained and asked for forgiveness and made recompense, that’s part of my religion.”