'Empire': Mo'Nique Says She Was First Choice to Play Cookie, Danny Strong Responds

Matt Petit
Mo'Nique

The 'Empire' co-creator is #SettingRecordStraight.

It appears Mo'Nique and Lee Daniels aren't seeing eye-to-eye once again.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Mo'Nique says Daniels offered her the fan-favorite part of Cookie Lyon on the huge hit Empire before it ultimately went to Taraji P. Henson.

"Mr. Daniels offered me the part of Cookie, and I have the emails and the sides to go along with it, and what he said was, 'I'm new to this TV thing. This is just a technicality, ... you have the role,'" she said. "Okay. I have the emails. Well, four days have gone by because I didn't receive a phone call or another email for the location of where I was supposed to go to do this screen test."

Ultimately, Mo'Nique says, Fox — which airs Empire — felt she was difficult to work with and things didn't move forward. (A rep for the show told Billboard they have no comment.)

Empire co-creator Danny Strong weighed in on Twitter, shooting down Mo'Nique's claims.

Strong's second remark was retweeted by Henson.

Recently, Mo'Nique has been in the headlines after saying she was "blackballed" from Hollywood following her Oscar win for Precious, because she didn't thank Daniels in her speech.

Billboard reached out to a rep for Daniels and Mo'Nique, but did not immediately receive a response.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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