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