Mo’Nique told INSIDE EDITION that she was offered the headline making part of Cookie, but instead it went to Taraji P. Henson, who has become Empire’s breakout star.
“When he called me up, he offered me the role in Empire as Cookie,” she said.
Mo’Nique said Daniels even sent her a script.
Mo’Nique explained, “Maybe four days had gone by, and I hadn’t heard anything. So I’m trying to reach out to him to say, what time do I need to be in? Where do I need to be? When he finally returned the call, he says listen, the executives at Fox said that you’re difficult.”
Trent asked, “Mo’Nique are you difficult to work with? This is Lee Daniels, your friend, saying these things.”
“When I hear Mr. Daniels making those comments, he and I know that that’s not true,” she said.
Mo’Nique said her reputation for being difficult may have come from the fact that she wanted to be paid for promoting Precious at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.