Steve Harvey and Mo’Nique had a very real conversation on “The Steve Harvey Show” and Twitter is getting involved in a big way.
Mo’Nique opened up to Harvey about her beef with him, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Lee Daniels. The Oscar winner explained how she was “blackballed” from the industry and labelled “difficult” for refusing to sacrifice her integrity.
“We got labelled as ‘difficult’ because I said one word — and that was ‘No,'” Mo’Nique said. “Now I said no to some very powerful people… The difficulty came in when people that looked like me, like Oprah, Tyler, Lee Daniels and I got to put my brother Steve on the list.”
“Y’all knew that I was not wrong,” she continued. “Each one of you said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’re not wrong.’ And when I heard you go on the air and said, ‘My sister burned too many bridges, and it’s nothing I can do for her now,’ Steve, do you know how hurt I was?”
Harvey argued that Mo’Nique went about it the wrong way. He suggested integrity holds less weight in the “money game.”
“When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth,” Harvey told Mo’Nique. “We black out here. We can’t come out here and do it any way we want to,” Harvey said. “Your husband can’t be the Sidney [Hicks] that he really is out here […] This is the money game. This ain’t a black man’s game, this ain’t a white man’s game. This is the money game!”
“If I crumble, my children crumble, my grandchildren crumble,” he expressed. “I cannot for the sake of my integrity, stand up here, and let everybody that’s counting on me, crumble so that I can make a statement. There are ways to win the war in a different way.”
Mo’Nique had a different perspective: “Before the money game, it’s called the integrity game and we’ve lost the integrity worried about the money.”
Members of the Twitterverse, including Emmy winner Jackee Harry and BBC Africa’s Victoria Uwonkunda, were firmly in support of Mo’Nique.
After Harvey took a beating on social media, he tried to do some damage control by clarifying his comments.
“My only regret in the whole thing was I misspoke,” Harvey told E! News at a “Celebrity Family Feud” event in L.A. on Sunday. “In the heat of the discussion, I used the word ‘integrity,’ when really I was talking about the method in which she was going about things, and that’s the only thing. I just want my young fans, the ones who look up to me, who consider me a role model in everything to know that I must misused the word ‘integrity’ in the wrong context.
“I was really referring to what we had been talking about all day, was her method of going about things,” he said. “That’s the only thing, just for the young people out there, the fans of mine. ‘Cause I’ve lived my life as a man of integrity, my work speaks… I think God wouldn’t have me in this position if I wasn’t doing some things right.”