In the ongoing saga over whether Mo’Nique was ever offered the coveted role of Cookie Lyon on the hit Fox series “Empire,”
The Oscar-winning actress sat down for an interview on the SiriusXM radio show “Sway in the morning” on Monday. The “Precious” star arrived armed with ammunition she insisted would prove she was approached about the part before it ultimately went to Taraji P. Henson.
Below are some of the emails as read aloud by Sway:
Feb. 18, 2014
Lee Danielshad a conversation with Mo’Niqueabout his new television pilot for Imagine TV/Fox called “Empire.” We would like to screen test her for the role of ‘Cookie.’ Please contact us with her television quotes, so that we can start a test, option, deal. We are tentatively looking at Monday, Feb 24 for the screen test.
Feb. 18, 2014
Hello I am following up on my previous e-mail regarding
Lee Daniels‘ pilot and Mo’Nique’s television quotes. This is a time sensitive matter. Lee really does not want Mo’Niqueto miss this opportunity.
March 3, 2014
Unfortunately it’s not going any further for
Mo’Nique. Lee fought for her because he thought she would be great for the pilot but studio and network executives insisted on offering the role to Taraji. Thank you so much for providing us with her information. Sorry it didn’t work out. We’re all big fans of hers.
The issue first arose earlier this year when Mo’Nique said in an interview that Daniels told her she was meant to play Cookie. That wasn’t the only project the actress said Daniels promised her. She also claimed that she had previously been in talks with Daniels to play the character that Oprah Winfrey ultimately portrayed in the critically acclaimed 2013 civil rights drama “The Butler.”
Mo’Nique told Sway she reached out to Daniels to clear things up after the brouhaha over the Cookie role erupted.
“We sent Lee an email and we said ‘Hey Lee, here are the emails because you may have forgotten about this communication. You may want to clear my name brother because it’s now right here.’ But we’ve not heard anything from him.”
“When I heard that
“When people were making it seem like I was just pulling something out the air, and I was trying to attack this brother, I’m like, ‘Guys, I have the emails, the communication, going back and forth, with
Representatives from Fox did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.
Watch the video of Sway reading the emails at the 6:57 mark.