Mo'Nique is speaking out against CBS over alleged unpaid earnings from The Parker.
On Tuesday (September 19), Mo'Nique took to social media alongside her husband, Sidney Hicks, to divulge new details about her lack of compensation from the hit show.
“We’re coming to you today to let you know that we’re standing with all the unions that are striking right now and we have a story that we must share, of our own, with the community,” the actress said in a video. “Countess Vaughn and I did a show called The Parkers. The Parkers has now been on air for 24 years and they’re tryna convince us through our ownership of the show that we made absolutely no money.”
“And it’s baffling being that when you have a conversation with the executive producers and they allude to the fact that the show in its entirety — five years — was made for under $70 million dollars," Hicks chimed in. "It went out of production in 2004, but by 2009, we see profit participation statements that show the program made over $700 million dollars — but yet was in a close to a billion, if not a billion dollar deficit.”
Mo'Nique urged CBS to fairly compensate her and her onscreen daughter Countess Vaughn.
“So, what we’re asking you CBS, is can you please treat these two Black women fairly? When our brother, Dave Chappelle — who ironically had a deal with CBS — said he signed the deal out of desperation and it was a bad deal, they were able to go back and do the right thing and they made that deal fair and they paid Dave Chappelle what he rightfully deserved. What we’re asking you, CBS [is] don’t pay us any more, but don’t pay us any less… So, we’re asking you and when we say community, we mean community as in the ones that’s fighting for equality. Will you stand with us? CBS, will you treat us fairly?”
The video statement comes after Mo’Nique filed a breach of contract lawsuit against CBS and Paramount Pictures in April.
“Actors rely on the good faith of Hollywood companies to honor their profit participation agreements. The Parkers was a huge success and continues to be a source of revenue through syndication and streaming channels. To further make my point, the Executive Producers of The Parkers took legal action for the same concerns that I have, and they’ve already settled. Unfortunately, all too often, talent gets kept in the dark. We’re looking forward to shedding some light on the subject!” Mo'Nique previously said.
On Tuesday, Vaughn released her own video statement in support of her costar.
“You know people always trip me out when saying something like, ‘You’re lying. It’s not true.’ Yes, give us our money,” Vaughn said. “You would be mad if you worked all week and when it’s time to get you your check, they go, ‘Oh, the last other checks that should cover it. We paid you already.’ But did you get me for my services now? Today? All the days that you have played our episodes. Pay that. It’s not fair.”