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Atlanta-based ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ canceled

Mo'Nique has lost her talk show after two years. CREDIT: AP

Mo'Nique has lost her talk show after two years. CREDIT: AP

"The Mo'Nique Show" axed

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Earlier today, I heard that “The Mo’Nique Show” had been axed. I had sent an email out to various BET publicists to ask what was up. No word back. 

At about 1:30 p.m., I called Rodney Perry, who was Mo’Nique’s sidekick on the show. He said he was running into a meeting and didn’t answer my question. While I was at lunch over at the mall court, at 1:40 p.m. EST, he texted me: “I was told indefinite hiatus.”

That’s a euphemism for canceled.

[UPDATE: At 3:40 p.m., I received an email from a spokesperson at BET which included a slightly milder euphemism: "The Mo'Nique Show will be on production hiatus beginning in the fall." ... Mo'Nique Hicks and The Mo'Nique Show are important to the BET Networks family and we look forward to continuing our relationship our with her."]

In an interview I did at 2:40 p.m., the stand-up comic said he enjoyed the experience working with Mo’Nique. “I’m selling out shows now,” he said. “That’s a win.” He heard the news from Mo’Nique’s husband but hasn’t spoken to the Oscar-winning actress yet. (He wouldn’t say when he knew about this, implying he has known for awhile.)

“We did some good work,” Perry said. “And I think the show is significant. There hasn’t been an outlet for people of color late night since Arsenio.”

The talk show, which Mo’Nique compared to a high-energy nightly party, lasted two seasons and had been taped in Turner Studios, which are now being used for BET’s show “Reed Between the Lines” through October. When I heard that earlier today, I wondered if that meant “Mo’Nique” was not coming back or had been moved to another studio. If her show were coming back, she would be taping by August. (Like many shows, it does not tape original episodes during the summer.)

This didn’t appear to be an issue of ratings. I didn’t have time to do an entire season’s check on ratings so I sampled four weeks in April, 2011 vs. April 2010. Ratings from April 5 to April 29, 2010 averaged 615,000 viewers a night. From April 4 to April 28, 2011, her show averaged 586,000. That’s only a five percent drop.

Mediatakeout, which broke the story, said there were conflicts between BET management and Mo’Nique. Was it creative and/or financial? The story does not say. It also doesn’t say if BET will seek another talk-show host or just drop the concept.

Perry isn’t sure why the show was cut but thinks it might have been a financial decision. “They haven’t had this type of investment ever,” he said. “We did 300 shows over two seasons. That’s a huge investment.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

336 comments Add your comment

TodWatkins

July 28th, 2011
9:40 am

Monique know she look good.

Ms Angie

July 28th, 2011
9:43 am

What I really enjoyed about the show, she was the only person that brought back ol’ skool celebraties such as Kid n Play, SWV, etc. BET has gotten overly ghetto. Mo’Nique please move to “TV One”, it’s the channel with intelligent black folks.

Test Tube Tommy

July 28th, 2011
9:44 am

“BET has gotten overly ghetto”………..Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!! you got that right sistrah!

TodWatkins

July 28th, 2011
9:46 am

I enjoyed her loud sassy attitude.

Test Tube Tommy

July 28th, 2011
9:50 am

“I enjoyed her loud sassy attitude”……all fat black women are loud and sassy….you must not live in Atlanta. lol!

count_schemula

July 28th, 2011
9:57 am

I guess it’s Less’Nique now.

dixiedemons

July 28th, 2011
9:59 am

Glad to see her go. You can still hear her running her mouth when you change the channel

Jenny

July 28th, 2011
10:11 am

I hear that Monique changed up while doing the movie Precious. She stopped being down to earth and got diva. Monique got really demanding. A lot of people weren’t having it. She already had been sued by a former employee of the show.
Believe me, certain people remember when you don’t do promos for the movie you are starring it (where they do that at?) and when you opt not to show at Oscars to present. Some people never learn the game until they get played.

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Gball

July 28th, 2011
10:26 am

I loved Mo’Nique and her show who brought on guest that Never get invited to the other Talk Shows. It was a good vehicle to shine! I didn’t care if she spoke loud or whatever seemed to bother some people. She is who she is and she is perfectly alright and talented. Doing what she did is not easy. As far as advertisers are concerned, Black folk are some of the biggest spenders but get no respect for their dollars. These advertisers act like we don’t buy their products, so maybe we should stop supporting them because they definitely don’t support us or our projects, functions, festivals, etc. In fact who is their future dollars going to come from since the white dollar and demographic is going flat. Black people need to stop being so critical of our artist out there and stand with them and write these advertisers to be careful how you treat us because the future is upon them. Black people realize your worth and your power and we should start with BET!

JerseyGirl

July 28th, 2011
10:32 am

I enjoyed the guest stars but I do have to agree, Mo’Nique is not a great interviewer. Her baby this, sugar that was tiring and underscored that she wasn’t very polished or well spoken. However, as a comedian and actress, I love her and appreciate what her show did provide – an avenue where entertainers of color would have an accepted audience and venue where we, the fans, could see and hear more from them. I wish her the best. Maybe over the break she can/will tune up her interviewing skills and tweak a few things about the show. I think it had plenty of potential to be very good and I hope it comes back.

Renee

July 28th, 2011
10:43 am

Please People!!!!!!!! If you don’t like her, so what, she is Monique and that’s not going to dampen her career or life. Now, what needs to happen, she needs to FIRED her husband Sidney from her career life and hire somebody who is well knowlegable in getting things done in a professional matter and not a ghetto matter. Sidney, did not help in her radio show career as well. He needs to get his own job!!!!!!! We do need our very OWN BLACK NETWORK , besides TV ONE and I’m not speaking about MS. OWN.

btwarren

July 28th, 2011
10:44 am

Not sure who laughed and screamed the most, Monique or Wanda from V103….don’t like either one. Too loud.

its me

July 28th, 2011
10:52 am

It is a shame that yall black people are giving negative comments on about this show…all she tried to do was bring entertainment for us to enjoy…but black people just like always talk bad about anything that someone tries to do for us..white people always support and talk good about their shows even if they are bad…if her show is not to your liking, why talk negative….one day no black entertainment will be avail….there is already not that many black movies on the big screens….wait and c blacks who always hate…black entertainment on tv is ending……..cause of people like you who post negative comments….when it you don’t like the show…that fine…but negative comment…c’mon naw..

its me

July 28th, 2011
10:53 am

mamaj

July 28th, 2011
11:31 am

Sorry to hear that Monique’s show is being canceled.. Though I didn’t watch the show, because of her loudness, I still love her as a comedienne and an actress, and this definitely will not be the end for her. And to the white people ( and the white people in disguise), who feel that Blacks think they’re racist, because they have opposing views–you’re right. When you make comments like, take Oprah with you, and comments about Tyra Banks in the same sentence, what else is it? At least throw in a Chelsey Lately or someone else to throw us off. It just makes you sick when anything is labeled, as Black or see any Black person doing well, because that gives you more fodder to keep labeling us all as welfare recipients and thugs and gangsters, and I’m sick of it!

What the What?

July 28th, 2011
11:32 am

I cannot believe we are losing Monique. That was the best thing we have had since Arsenio Hall! We were able to see what our people, as well as others, were doing and what they are truly about. Yes, Monique did start off a little loud i the beginning because she was excited, but when she calmed down, she was GREAT! I have been watching her since the beginning and still love her show. I just hope someone has the sense to pick her back up, like Cathy Hughes on TV One. Or even a regular broadcast channel. This is going to be a HUGE lost to viewers. I have no doubt that she will be back on-air because, regardless to what the poll’s are showing at this time – WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE LOVE THAT SHOW! Once everyone hears about this, there is going to be a Monique Rally to get her back on! I like Wendi Williams, as well, but Monique wasn’t about getting gossip on people; she was about showing the positiveness of people. BET, I’m surprised at you; but your loss is going to be someone else’s gain. BET had such a good thing going with The Game, Let’s Get Married, and Monique. Please, Get it together~

Gwen Gilchrist

July 28th, 2011
11:33 am

Best wishes to Mo’Nique I enjoyed the mix of comedy and talk along with the exposure she opened up for up and coming new talent as well as old talent. She will still do well at anything she put her mind to and when you are in town give a shout so we can do lunch and laugh out loud the way I like.

Mrs.blacklove

July 28th, 2011
11:34 am

I love her and the show she gave a stage for everone. I felt the love she has for herself and the people she bring on the show. I hate to see you go but God has bigger and better for you Mama.

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July 28th, 2011
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Lynn Allen

July 28th, 2011
11:40 am

Too loud, not professional, did not know how to interview…and that deep thing she would go into before asking a question was dumb…very uneducated…need to stick to acting…that she is good at..if angry Black Woman is the role

David Oliver

July 28th, 2011
11:42 am

Why so much hate? I’m appalled at all the hate messages about The Monique Show. For one, she showed so much love to all the black guest — and the white guest, too — that appeared on her show. I’ve never seen so much love coming from a talk show host(with exception to Oprah, of course).
At the same time, I’m not surprised that BET axed her show, though. I thought it would have been sooner because they have a history of getting rid of good shows. As soon as Monique won that Oscar, I knew that when jubilee cooled down, Monique’s days of having her own talk show on BET were numbered.

RobJoy

July 28th, 2011
11:55 am

It will all work out for Mo she is waaaaay too talented to be stopped!!!!

Rodney Ho

July 28th, 2011
11:56 am

When I visited the show as the first season was starting, everyone was cool, though I was only able to talk to Mo’Nique by phone. While I was there, she was not available to talk. I understand that. She’s busy. Last year, I did a piece on Rodney Perry and visited again. This is what happened then and left me with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth (I’m simply copying and pasting from my blog entry last year):

I would have added more from the day I spent at a taping last Tuesday at Turner Studios (George Wallace was a guest, Vernon Jones was in the audience) but minutes after I started Tweeting about it, production manager Tony Strickland came running into the green room in a total panic. Apparently, some folks at the show get my Tweets. He told me sternly that I wasn’t supposed to do that although I told him nobody had given me any warning. But he acted as if I were committing a federal offense or possibly wielding a weapon. He was pretty peeved. I figured one false word and he’d have booted me from the premises. So I cooperated. In fact, he demanded I delete my Tweets and my notes from the show. He even made sure a lower-level employee watched me do so since he had to go back to running the actual show. I was planning to interview show producers about Perry for this story but given the elevated level of paranoia, I decided to skip it. (Things were a lot looser a year ago when I visited the set before the show debuted. Times change!)

Cincinnati listener

July 28th, 2011
12:03 pm

Sorry to hear this as I liked the show but Mo’Nique will bounce back. A shame that these racist comments had to show up which is why I rarely come to this website..

J condrey

July 28th, 2011
12:04 pm

Ok for all the negative comments u all need to give it up . The fact is I’m black and came from a real black family and every one I know love that show hello it’s not the Oprah show her talkn loud put her on the very place she is now . And if her show is taken off the air alot of people will be disappointed . I’m sure she will have a great life for years to come the fact is she don’t need that damm show there are things all over the world she can be doing. Now I’m not gone write a book on this but I’m sure you all get the point. J.Condrey

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July 28th, 2011
12:09 pm

[...] comedienne had been sent packing over at Black Entertainment Television first hit the curb when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho published the cancellation rumor in his Wednesday [...]

Reggie

July 28th, 2011
12:15 pm

What were your tweets saying that made him go crazy? I swear some people need to chill and not take things so seriously. Rodney I would have left because I refuse to be treated like a child by having someone stand over my shoulder and make sure I delete my tweets.

lovemypeople

July 28th, 2011
12:18 pm

I love the Monique show better than her talk show…remember the sitcom that use to come on?It was sooo funny.
Dont worry Monique you still are very very talented

Hallie the wonder puppies

July 28th, 2011
12:24 pm

didnt care for her show to much. I like Monique as a person , I agree with the others ..she’s too LOUD. Babygirl will land on her feet guaranteed. She’s a soldier for life.

Rodney Ho

July 28th, 2011
12:25 pm

@Reggie. I’m not sure what I wrote. I am sure it was fairly innocuous. Hey, I’m here at the taping of the Mo’Nique Show.I think I was making some observations about what was happening during the taping. I was watching it from the green room. I stuck around because I needed to interview Rodney Perry and I knew this wasn’t his fault, just a rude producer who is now in all likelihood unemployed.

Mitzymy

July 28th, 2011
1:03 pm

I did not like the Mo’Nique show. She was too loud, and uneducated. Atlanta is an educated city, and I am afraid she didn’t appeal to a lot of the viewers. One thing I noticed was that the audience didn’t clap as loud as they did on Oprah, they just sat there like nothing had happened or been said of interest. Arsenio lost his show because he allowed Louis Farakhan to appear against the wishes of many important people. He wanted to let everyone know that was his show and he could do what he wanted, but he found out that he was not the boss. BET is owned by white people not Blacks. I think it was sold years ago to Sony, for a big sum of money when it was real popular. Oprah will not pick up The Monique Show. All the shows that Oprah has on her network, appeal to mixed races, mainly white people who made her rich.

Robinson

July 28th, 2011
1:12 pm

WoW! That’s a shame. She really promoted the Black community and showcased many, many wonderful people of color. It was a show for US and we need more of that.

What the What?

July 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

We cannot let this happen! This was a great venue for showcasing our people in a positive manner! As another person mentioned earlier, WE need to start standing up for US because others are continually putting us down, no matter what we do; but they stand up for their own races. WE are the only ones who don’t stand up for each other! Let’s appreciate and support what each other are doing instead of criticizing. I think Monique was doing a wonderful job of portraying Blacks. Once her show is gone, we won’t be represented this way. Wendy Williams don’t portray us in a positive way, even though I like her show; but if I had to choose between the two, it would be Monique! Outside of Monique, Ellen is the only one who will portray Blacks in a positive manner; but not like Monique. I have gained a lot of additional respect for many people, after watching her show. This is 2011 and a lot has changed. Let’s change how we uphold our people and do better. Let’s not be the only race who tears each other down. WE must do what we have to do and get that show back. I can’t believe BET let us down like this. Please contact TV One, OWN, Centric or whoever, but let’s pull together and make this happen~

Priscilla

July 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

I have to admit that I did not watch it every night. It would depend on who was going to be on the show. However, when I did watch it I enjoyed it. I also liked how Monique would encourage African-Americans to support each other (e.g. buy the guests products). Sad to say, in our cluture we do not support one another. In addition, in my opinion, Monique was a very good interviewer. I hope BET will put someone else in that same type of format. We need to have that type of evening television show.

Nicoli

July 28th, 2011
1:41 pm

@MattGrant Park

as you changed the station all the other channels below to WET so you can stop looking

kenny c

July 28th, 2011
1:56 pm

I personally went to several tapings of the show the whole experience was really cool , to all the people with the negative comments get a life, I bet you all have very miserable lives if you dont like the show get your lazy negative selves off the couch and watch something else, GET A LIFE IS CAN REALLY BE GOOD IF YOU STOP LOOKING AT THINGS SO NEGATIVELY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenna

July 28th, 2011
1:57 pm

Watched her one time…Too LOUD! Terrible interviewer.

[...] to Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal’s Radio & TV Talk Blog, BET confirmed the cancellation via email, stating that “The Mo’Nique Show will be on [...]

Bluto

July 28th, 2011
2:27 pm

Wow a lot of mud slinging because of 1 idiot poster (Matt) I hoped to come here and see a adult conversation about why people thought the show did not make it. In stead it turns into the us vs them internet fight we always see on these blogs. I hope in about 10 years all of these posters grow the F up. That goes for BOTH sides of the argument. Yeah right……..

TheLazyComic

July 28th, 2011
3:20 pm

The show had nothing unique to offer. It was too much like so many other shows. It had nothing that made you want to stay tuned in. Nothing at all.

kitty

July 28th, 2011
3:56 pm

I couldn’t watch it. I tried but she was too loud and yelling and NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!! NO GREAT LOSS! #doingthehappydance

[...] comedienne had been sent packing over at Black Entertainment Television first hit the curb when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho published the cancellation rumor in his Wednesday [...]

Loretta

July 28th, 2011
4:08 pm

This can not be happening. I love the Mo’Nique Show. I have never been to Atlanta but have serious thoughts of going to Atlanta to participate in one. PLEASE…continue the Mo Show. Mo’Nique…Mo’Nique…Mo’Nique…

MountainDawg

July 28th, 2011
4:12 pm

Who’s Yo’Nique??

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ATR

July 28th, 2011
4:19 pm

Test Tube Tommy must really have something against Monique or black people becuase he can not stop commenting in here about us. I honestly wish we could go back to the days before BET TVOne and Centric just as a reminder and see how it was then. I wish we could get that taste back so we could see what it is like to be disrepected and disregarded as a people in the entertainment industry again. To see what it is like to NEVER see anyone of color represented on the TV and if so it is once every blue mooon. For YEARS/DECADES we complained about this and BET gave it to us. Now has it gotten away from what it once was? Yes but lets not forget the fact that without channels like BET or TVOne or Centric we would not be represented on TV or in Movies like we should be. Once it was realized that we can do it on our own and put our own talent out for the world to see then the rest of the entertainment industry took notice, but it was not until then. We are quick to jump on those that create their own lane and make way for people that would otherwise have no opportunity to make it in the entertainment business (Tyler Perry and his actors/actresses) but when they don’t exist we complain about how we are not represented on TV. Sometimes I wish we could take a step back for a reminder just to see what it was like before. I think we need that reminder sometimes becuase it seems we have forgotten. We do not have to be like white America, we can be ourselves. Was Monique loud at times? Yes, but she was not loud throughout the ENTIRE show and anyone that really watched it knows this. Other than Moniue when was the last time we had a late night TV show hosted by someone black that was not on HBO? Oh yeah Arsenio Hall. Yeah so lets not forget. We are not wanted on TV, mainstream america STILL is not comfortable putting us live on TV. Let us not forget that fact although I am sure that most of us have.

Ms.Beautiful

July 28th, 2011
4:32 pm

Everyone has an opinion, and that is just what it is ” An opinion”, on a ” chat screen”. ??

M

July 28th, 2011
4:48 pm

The one time I happened to watch the show Antoine Dodson was a guest. Mo’Nique kept inquiring about the status of the rape investigation of his sister. You could tell he could care less about that. They both came off looking dumb (Dodson for the obvious reasons and Mo’Nique because she was interviewing him like he had just brokered a Mideast Peace Treaty). She also kept referring to him as a “success” which was even more annoying (and disrespectful to people who have actually done noteworthy things).

I never watched the show again.

Happy in the ATL

July 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

To MattGrant and all of the other “RACIST REDNECKS” who’ve come out of the ground…go stick your head in the toilet, but make sure it’s full of S—………. which matches your IQ……….PEACE