Mo’Nique Announces Netflix Special, Netflix Responds

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (6954533ii) Mo'Nique 'Almost Christmas' film premiere, Los Angeles, USA - 03 Nov 2016

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (6954533ii)
‘Almost Christmas’ film premiere, Los Angeles, USA – 03 Nov 2016

Mo’Nique and Netflix will finally team up for a comedy special. Today it was announced that Queen Of Comedy will be filming a comedy special with the streaming network in Atlanta.

Mo’Nique made the announcement in a video message posted to the streamer’s Twitter account on Tuesday, cracking, “Can y’all believe this shit? I done came on home to Netflix.”

“I’m so excited to share that I’ll be shooting my first Netflix comedy special,” the Grammy-nominee explained as the clip continued. “Oh, and in case you didn’t hear, I’m also reuniting with my friend, my brother, director Mr. Lee Daniels on the Netflix film ‘The Deliverance.’ You won’t want to miss either of them, so y’all stay tuned. And thank y’all my sweet babies. I love us for real.”

News that Mo’Nique is bringing her comedy stylings to Netflix marks a happy (albeit surprising) resolution to a years-long standoff between the star and the streamer. Last month, Mo’Nique, whose legal name is Monique Hicks, reportedly settled a race and sex discrimination suit against Netflix. In the November 2019 filing, the comedian alleged the streamer broke the law when it gave her a “lowball” offer for a comedy special in 2018. According to Mo’Nique, she was offered only $500,000 for a special, while Amy Schumer was offered $11 million and Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock were both offered $20 million.

Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but clearly both parties were content enough to enter into a new business agreement.

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