First, Mo'Nique didn't show up at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote "Precious." Rumors ran amok that she snubbed the debut because Lionsgate wouldn't pay a $100,000 appearance fee plus fly her staff first class. Then her publicist promised Mo'Nique would attend the premiere of "Precious" at the New York Film Festival this past weekend, but again she was a no-show. Roger Friedman of Hollywood Reporter's Showbiz 411 reports that her publicist just quit "after trying to explain why Mo’Nique wasn’t coming."
A source tells the New York Daily News, "Mo'Nique said she signed on to do this film for a small amount of money. She said she didn't care about 'no Oscar' — all that mattered was 'those Benjamins!' Because Oprah and Tyler Perry are backing the film, she feels as though there should be a budget to pay for her promotional duties."
"Precious" is widely considered to be a top contender for best picture, director, screenplay, lead actress (Gabby Sidibe) and supporting actress (Mo'Nique and Mariah Carey).
"The star's attitude is starting to work against her," Daily News column Gatecrasher reports. "Winfrey and Tyler have reportedly instructed Lionsgate to put their promotional machine behind fellow stars Mariah Carey and Gabby Sidibe for the Oscar race. Those two are adept at playing the game; both turned up in New York and Toronto to push the film for free (although Carey was 30 minutes late to Saturday's Alice Tully Hall premiere and entered to boos from the audience in response to her tardiness)."
In fairness to Mo'Nique, she's quite busy right now with the debut of her late-night talk show on BET network at 11 tonight. Some of our forum posters believe these reports are rumors meant to derail her TV premiere by jealous rivals, and they note that Mo'Nique recently did PR for "Precious" on the "Today" show, "The Rachael Ray Show" and BET's "106th and Park." READ MORE