Mo’Nique wants to get The Parkers what she believes they deserve financially to continue their success. The actress and comedian filed a lawsuit against CBS and Paramount on Wednesday, April 12. She posted a message about her choice on social media.
“Today we filed a lawsuit to make sure that we are fairly paid money that we are owed for The Parkers. Actors rely on the good faith of Hollywood companies to honor their profit participation agreements,” Mo’Nique wrote. The Parkers was a huge success and continues to be a source of revenue through syndication and streaming channels.”
The comedy, which ran for five seasons and 110 episodes from 1999 to 2004, starred Mo’Nique as the main character. Mo is suing for breach of contract, according to the court records that The Associated Press has access to. The sitcom’s success, according to her, was compromised by CBS and Paramount in order to “retain millions that would otherwise be contractually due.” According to the lawsuit, Mo’Nique’s production firm, Hicks Media, is owed money by CBS and Paramount.
It is said that since 2020, Netflix has been releasing The Parkers for streaming. Mo claims that after filing and reaching a settlement in her complaint, she discovered about the series writers’ and producers’ unpaid royalties via social media. Mo’Nique added Big Ticket Productions as a defendant in addition to CBS, Paramount, and the sitcom’s production firm. The actress wants the court to ascertain “the contractual compensation” she has purportedly accrued and is due. – Steve Sijenyi