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Mo’Nique Announces Neflix Special After Settling Lawsuit

Mo’Nique is back on good terms with Netflix after publicly slamming the streamer in a now-settled lawsuit. The comedian, who once accused the streamer of discrimination, is  now planning to film her first special for Netflix, she cheekily announced on Tuesday (July 19).

In a video posted to the Netflix Twitter account Tuesday, Mo’Nique asked, “Can y’all believe this shit? I done came on home to Netflix,” with a laugh. “I’m so excited to share that I’ll be shooting my first Netflix special.”

Not only is Mo’Nique finally locking in that long-delayed special, she has an even sweeter deal with Netflix that also includes a new film. She 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.”

She added, “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.”

Netflix shared along with the video, “Thrilled to announce that Netflix is the home for the next original stand-up special from the groundbreaking, trailblazing, and iconic Mo’Nique!”

The comedian and the streamer seem chummy now, but their relationship was strained after she filed a racial and gender discrimination suit against Netflix in 2019. At the time, Mo’Nique alleged that Netflix gave her a “biased, discriminatory” offer for a stand-up special, presenting her with $500,000 for an hour-long show while offering millions more to fellow comics like Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle.

In response, a Netflix spokesperson said, “We care deeply about inclusion, equity, and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously. We believe our opening offer to Mo’Nique was fair — which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”

Mo’Nique and Netflix reached a settlement in June, dismissing the suit without sharing the specifics of the deal. Michael Parks, who represents the comedian, told The Hollywood Reporter at the time, “The matter has been amicably resolved.”

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