Steve Harvey and Mo’Nique have heated exchange about ‘integrity’ versus money

Harvey and Mo’Nique have heated exchange.

Steve Harvey and Mo’Nique disagree. 

Blog King, Mass Appeal

CHICAGO — Steve Harvey is catching hell via social media after the 61-year-old talk show host told Mo’Nique cash is more salient than integrity. The 51-year-old comedienne made an appearance on “The Steve Harvey Show” on Wednesday to confabulate on being “blackballed” from Hollywood the past 10 years. In case you didn’t know, Mo’Nique pissed off filmmaker Lee Daniels in 2009 after she eschewed going on a press tour for the movie “Precious” — the role that won her an Academy Award. Mo’Nique told Daniels “no” because he offered $50,000 and she wanted more.

As an act of reprisal, Daniels informed Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey of Mo’Nique’s avaricious deportment and she’s been ostracized ever since. Mo’Nique may have screwed herself for good when she said Daniels, Perry and Oprah could ‘suck her dick’ (if she had one) while performing on stage. During her interview with Harvey, Mo’Nique said she shouldn’t be punished for taking a stand.

She’s only seeking what’s fair.

In addition to her beef with the aforementioned trio, Mo’Nique is currently boycotting Netflix because they offered her a measly $500,000 for a stand-up comedy special after giving $13 million to Amy Poehler and $20 million apiece to Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.

To Mo’Nique, it’s not the money, but the principle that’s most important.

“I got labeled as ‘difficult’ because I said one word — and that was ‘no,'” Mo’Nique said.

“Now, I said ‘no’ to some very powerful people…” 

“But the difficulty came when people that looked like me, like Oprah, Tyler, Lee Daniels, and I got to put my brother Steve on the list. Ya’ll knew that I wasn’t wrong. Each of you said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’re not wrong. And when I heard you go on the air and say, ‘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 lambasted Mo’Nique’s contretemps by suggesting she push integrity to the side and start kissing ass to make ends meet; even if it entails being a little fake and synthetic. “When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth,” Harvey explained.

“We black out here.”

“We can’t come out here and do it any way we want to… 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!”

A visibly agitated Mo’Nique fired back.

“Before the money game, it’s called the integrity game,” she said.

“And we’ve lost the integrity worrying about the money.”

Harvey then broke it down from a dollars and cents perspective.

“If I crumble, my children crumble, my grandchildren crumble,” he said.

“I can not 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.”

Shortly after the interview, Harvey took a savage beating on Twitter.

“Sister Sister” star Jackee Harry wrote: “Clearly, Steve Harvey is not a life coach. The value one places on their integrity is the exact cost it takes to be fake.”

One fan wrote: “Steve Harvey is a coward. I’m disgusted. Mo’Nique sat up there and championed integrity, and he argued integrity for money and people applauded.”

Another fan wrote: “Steve Harvey telling Mo’Nique to choose money over integrity, makes me think of all the women who are told to endure sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, because it’s ‘the world we live in.'”

What’s your take?

Does earning a paycheck take precedence over integrity?

Do you agree with Harvey or Mo’Nique?

Share your thoughts below.

41 comments

  1. I see why my wife doesn’t like Steve

  2. native neuropteris1

    It’s everybody else’s fault but her own.

  3. Adrienne Sales

    I’ve never liked Steve Harvey. He’s not funny and u can tell he doesn’t really care for other black folks on his show. On family fued he doesn’t treat the black the same as the whites.

  4. charles n charge

    steve is right……. money comes first

  5. My take away from this is that Steve is willing to be a yes sah! HN , because he’s in the money game no matter the narrative as long as he doesn’t let down his Family by risking that Bag or money train.. I get it when he says that Monique went too far on stage, with that vulgar invite.. But Steve , after listening to your morning show hearing you talk about being a Black man and. what how you feel about certain things and perceptions , Conflicts with what you conveyed during this segment, it seems pretty much like a contradiction to what and how you represent..to get to your success. ..wow..IJS

  6. Monique is the typical difficult black female 🤣

  7. Heather Fraser

    Monique is right.

  8. Steve your wrong!! Integrity game first then the money game! Go Monique

  9. Lakishia Johnson

    What Steve is saying you should know how to play the game honey.

  10. This conversation needed to be had. I’m so thankful for both responses ❣️

  11. Frederick Reese

    Monique is bitter and hard headed.

  12. I think she needs therapy. She didn’t here a word Steve said.

  13. Monique knows her worth and she was right in her issues. She went left when she told the “Big 3″ to suck her…. Part of being the driver of your destiny is the ability to control your emotions. When you lose control of them you have to suffer the consequences of it. Don’t give people excuses to discount you. Steve is who he said he is…” the best thing you can do for poor people is not to be one of them” wow that shit was…

  14. Smiley Lightfoot

    B4 da money game its da integrity game enough said baby Steve doesn’t have da mental stength 2 understand da conversation Monique was trying 2 have

  15. Steven a House Nigga!! U selling ur ass to the Bigest bider!! Boy Bye 🖐

  16. Laneisha Francis

    It’s sad to see that even rich black people are still experiencing the oppression of their true feelings.

  17. Laneisha Francis

    I don’t like how black people tell other black people that speaking up about dissatisfaction and discomfort is dangerous to their wellbeing they did this to Colin Kapernick, they don’t want you to address discomfort as a black person in this country. And Steve consigned that and it’s embarrassing that on his level you still don’t have freedom of speech as a black person in this country with being penalized for speaking up.

  18. Steve Harvey was speaking the truth. We need to play the game until we get enough black folks at the top

  19. I don’t think she didn’t do anything wrong. Lionsgate, Daniels, Perry, and Winfrey wanted Monique to promote Precious for free. In addition, not only want to pay but she had to pay for her expenses to promote the movie with the reasoning that she was nominated for an Oscar and it would improve her chances of winning. She won the award with promoting the movie. Here’s the thing and would it be a good business practice for Daniels, Perry, and Winfrey to at the very least was to pay for Monique’s traveling expenses to promote the movie. A larger and more profound issue is how we as black people control and own distribution channels to distribute content we create. It’s true that content is king, but distribution is queen and if the “three powerful people” own the distribution flow, then this wouldn’t be an issue. We need to redirect our dollars to support our businesses and communities. Know our political power not just to vote but used that power to push policies that include us. What I saw in that video was classism, racism, and sexism at its finest. The utter disrespect of a black woman and then they wanted to blame her reacting in the manner that she did after the blatant disrespect given to her. I have a question, would this had happened if it was Will Smith or Denzel Washington? Lastly, Steve Hardy is the same person who didn’t tell his staff that he was moving his show to LA and laid everyone off. He is correct about his integrity for it doesn’t exist.

  20. Laneisha Francis

    Kissing white peoples ass to be comfortable needs to stop. I’d rather be considered a angry black woman than allow myself to be oppressed in silence.

  21. Steve “Sellout” Harvey

  22. African Beauty

    Be honest, saving his own ass…Steve ain’t Shit! Boycott this MF! Money over Integrity?? House N…
    Do your own Thing Mo!✊🏾 ❤️ Sell your own! Comedy to Netflix💪💪

  23. softcaramel53 jab

    WTH!! So you mean to tell me Monique went on Steve Harvey Show. Just to bash the men when he trying to help het.
    Did you hear what he said
    He told Monique he was going to try and get a sit down with these three people.
    He also said she need to apologize as well she’s owed apology.
    He offered a starting point he was going to help with. And what did Monique do, turn around and call the man house [email protected]@&.
    After he said he was going to help her . Tyler Perry offered his help as well , and she tragged him.
    And she tragged Oprah too.
    See y’all keep calling Steve Harvey a sellout, hes not. Steve Harvey isn’t the one fucking up Monique career she need to blame herself and her husband/manager.

  24. Livingboldlynfierce

    I’m team Steve! The bottom line is the bottom dollar. He’s absolutely right. You beat people at their own game and when you’re black you have to play the game a different way. Mo talks to much and sits on a self righteous horse letting her husband pimp her and brainwash her into a failed career.

  25. Monique is a talented woman. It wasn’t right for them to do that to her. I loved her when I was younger. I always wondered why I never saw more of her. Now I know why. Good for her for speaking up. I stand with my girl.

  26. 🗣Shut UP Steve!!✌🏼

  27. Steve Harvey had a lot of valid points . He was trying his best to communicate to mo that it’s all about one’s delivery! Your delivery is everything. Saying, ” Can I have a cookie please ” will get you the cookie verses saying, “Give me that Dam cookie!” It’s clear that she is mental and arrogant. She is delusional and angry. A actress does not get paid to promote a movie!

  28. Monique will call you “baby”… Then chop you up verbally.. haha

  29. Mo needs to move on. She burnt her bridges and she really burnt them by using the offhanded and sexual comment that she made to Oprah and company. She has been on this train for too long and we’re sick to death of it. Move on and reinvent your self if you have to. Just move!!!!

  30. Steve: “We black out here”.

    -Crowd applauds

  31. Steve has always been a very Classy guy…She handle her self wrong…You don’t have to be vulgar to get your point heard…especially in that business.

  32. Ooooh that was good!!!! #TeamMonique Witnessing her personal experience is extremely sad because she was right for saying no to the ridiculous request of going out for additional touring which she was not obligated or getting paid to do. What most people don’t know is that she had already fulfilled promos for her contract. They wanted her to tour for free to promote Precious after not paying her a decent salary to make the movie to begin with. Even after the success of the movie, she barely ate off that. It’s sad because she should be worth so much more with an Oscar on her resume. I fully believe that Mo was railroaded by the very people in positions of power who should have taken a stand to support her. One by one they sold her out publicly while showing her their support privately. Y’all got your millions! Stand up for this sister with your cowardly @$$e$! Oprah can kick rocks with her fake wanna be enlightened @$$! This public ordeal clearly proves just how much Oprah doesn’t take her own “Life Lessons” advice.

  33. Dbgrasshopper33

    Monique needs to fight Oprah

  34. They hugged and talked, then she posted a meme of him as a sellout slave. I just don’t like how she operates.

  35. Veronica Jones

    its a sell your soul to the Devil game. Monique You made yourself before these people. Go back to Monique, tour, sell out shows, do you. Build. You do not need steve, tyler, oprah, netflix, we make them, we sign there paychecks. Why are we even chasing these people for there money. I am canceling Netflix. Steve need to wake up and stop serving Mr Charlie aka the Devil. Steve is right his legacy will be his childrens legacy,.

  36. Maddog No Good

    I don’t get her at all? Why so bitter? She should be happy, she’s had a great career with very little talent. Frankly anyone could’ve played that role in Precious, which is why after her Oscar win, she hasn’t done much else. We get it, you don’t wanna play the Hollywood game, wish she’d shut up about it.

  37. Miss Mc Intosh

    I still like Mo’ nique but something wrong you dear no expect people to risk their lives on the sake of yours just because they support you. There are ways to do things and she just went about it wrong. You may be right Mo but the reality us you just went about it wrong.

  38. She is nobody’s friend….her and daddy talked about Steve behind his back on their show. I don’t know why these people keep feeding her this stupid attention

  39. I love Mo but I’m slowly getting tired of her. She’s not interested in conversing anymore. She can’t even take some well intended advice, it’s as if her ears intentionally twist peoples words and she says you’re against me. Just don’t bother Mo, you’ve lost a FAN.

  40. She told the very wrong people no! And all at once too? And to also tell them to suck her off?……..she’s so done!

  41. “We lost our integrity worried about the money” – No applause smh

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