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Friday, September 22, 2023

Mo’Nique Wants CBS to Fairly Compensate Her and Actress Countess Vaughn For “The Parkers”

Mo'Nique and Countess Vaughn

Nationwide — Mo’Nique, known for her role in The Parkers, is urging CBS to provide fair compensation for herself and her co-star Countess Vaughn, as they seek recognition for their work on the long-running show.

In a recent Instagram video with her husband Sidney Hicks, Mo’Nique expressed solidarity with striking unions, particularly mentioning the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the SAG-AFTRA strikes, which affect writers and actors, respectively, according to The Shade Room.

Mo’Nique shared her concern about the alleged lack of compensation for their work on ‘The Parkers,’ a show that has been on the air for 24 years. She and Vaughn starred in the sitcom from 1999 to 2004 which ran for five seasons with over 110 episodes.

Despite being informed that they made no money from their ownership of the show, Mo’Nique and Hicks claim to have seen profit statements indicating that the series generated over $700 million. This stark contrast between reported profits and alleged deficits raises questions.

Mo’Nique also pointed out a different deal with CBS, one made with comedian Dave Chappelle in 2021, wherein CBS reportedly ensured fair compensation for him. Mo’Nique and Hicks are now seeking similar fairness.

“So what we’re asking you, CBS, is can you please treat these two Black women fairly,” Mo’Nique said. “What we’re asking you, CBS [is] don’t pay us anymore but don’t pay us any less.”

In taking this public stance, Mo’Nique and Hicks hope to shed light on the challenges faced by creatives in the industry and ensure fairness for future generations. Countess Vaughn has shown her support by sharing Mo’Nique’s video on her Instagram Story.

Earlier this year, Mo’Nique also filed a lawsuit against CBS and Paramount, emphasizing the importance of actors receiving the compensation they are owed, especially for successful shows like ‘The Parkers.’ The lawsuit also involves claims related to Hicks Media, their company, and the sitcom’s production company, Big Ticket Productions.