Mo’Nique is not happy about Oprah Winfrey’s participation in “Leaving Neverland” and let her feelings be known in her YouTube podcast “Open Relationship”, which she co-hosts with her husband/manager Sidney Hicks.
Winfrey interviewed the documentary’s subjects, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, in the “After Neverland” special that aired at the conclusion of HBO’s two-part documentary, asking the men questions about the disturbing allegations of sexual abuse they make in the film.
However, Mo’Nique is planted firmly in Camp Michael, and the “Precious” Oscar-winner held nothing back in defending the late King of Pop — because he’s not able to defend himself.
“Here’s a man that was found not guilty in the eyes of the law. And you wait for 10 years after this man was deceased, to now do an interview with people who said they lied,” she said, referring to Jackson’s acquittal on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy after his infamous trial.
“For me, it’s sad and disheartening. That man welcomed you in his home and you spoke of how beautiful, and all the love this man has shown children all over the world,” she added.
“When we’re calling someone a molester and they’re no longer here… Michael Jackson is not here to defend himself, which is a major problem,” Mo’Nique continued. “[He was] found not guilty… then you come back and you allow these two men to get on your platform and tell this story, and that man cannot defend himself, who does that?”
Added Mo’Nique: “Was it right, or was it for ratings?”
This isn’t the first time that Mo’Nique has taken issue with Winfrey; in 2017, she lumped her in with Tyler Perry and “Precious” director Lee Daniels during a standup comedy tirade (below), alleging they were part of a conspiracy to blackball her after she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in “Precious”.