As previously reported by MadameNoire, the incident occurred on May 28 when as she came out to start her set (before Hughley) Mo’Nique ripped into the comedian with a profanity laced diatribe.
“The motherf****** contract said that a b**** is the headliner. Mo’Nique is to be the last motherf****** person on the g****** stage. She is the headliner. I’m 30+ years in this motherf****** business and I don’t open for no g****** body. The contract said the headliner. But a n**** named DL Hughley turned into a b**** and said ‘I won’t perform if she does that.’ So when I leave this motherf***** the headliner has left.”
Both comedians shared what they called “proof” of who was supposed to close out the show on Instagram. Hughley posted a run of show, a deal memo, and urged audiences to “check the order of names on the ticket stub.”
Mo’Nique shared documents of her own on Instagram including a show schedule and a performance agreement.
Hughley said of Mo’Nique, “Oprah was the problem, Tyler Perry was the problem, Charlamagne was the problem, Steve Harvey was the problem, Lee Daniels was the problem, Netflix was the problem… Now it’s MY turn. At some point it can’t be everyone else, IT’S YOU!! Lesson learned.”
Hugley also addressed the issue the next day for over seven minutes on his nationally syndicated radio show. He shared a clip on Instagram writing, “FROM QUEEN OF COMEDY TO QUEEN OF ASHES.”
The beef drew in mixed comments on social media and comments from other comedians. Rickey Smiley said that Mo’Nique’s comments about Hughley’s wife were a line too far. “Pray for everybody involved, and just pray that we can learn and find better ways to resolve issues and not be so confrontational, personal, and nasty… because there is no place in comedy for it.”