The writer, director and co-creator of FOX’s Empire says Mo’Nique was never offered a role on the hit show. Danny Strong took to Twitter earlier this week to set the record straight, writing:
“Mo’Nique was never offered roles in Empire or The Butler. #SettingRecordStraight @leedanielsent,” he wrote, adding a couple days later, “Monique is so talented she’d be great in almost anything. But Cookie was always @TherealTaraji.”
Last month, Mo revealed to the press that the program’s other co-creator, Lee Daniels, told her she a different story. “Mr. Daniels offered me the part of Cookie, and I have the emails and the sides to go along with it, and what he said was, ‘I’m new to this TV thing. This is just a technicality … you have the role.’ Okay. I have the emails. Well, four days have gone by because I didn’t receive a phone call or another email for the location of where I was supposed to go to do this screen test,” Mo’Nique said.
Mo claimed that Daniels was told by FOX that she was difficult to work with and that’s why she didn’t land the part that went to Taraji P Henson.