Sheryl Underwood tells The Talk why she turned down The Queens of Comedy

In case you missed it last week, comedian Sheryl Underwood divulged a long-held secret to her co-hosts at The Talk about why Underwood never took part in The Queens of Comedy tours or TV/DVD specials.

The Queens of Comedy came about after the huge success of The Kings of Comedy tour and concert film, which starred Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley. The Queens released their movie in 2001.

Underwood claimed she turned down the original offer from producer Walter Latham back then because she was hesitant about the finances. When The Queens turned out to be successful, and enough of a success for Mo’Nique to leave the group for her own TV and film projects, Underwood had another opportunity to join her female stand-up colleagues on tour. But she alleged that she called into a conference call only to “hear Sommore, Adele Givens and Laura Hayes all talking about me.” They disparaged her looks and her viability join them.

“I was so shocked and hurt, that I could not unmute my phone to go ‘Hey bitch! I hear you!'”

Underwood said she took notes instead, because how often do you hear people talking about you as if you’re not there to hear them?

“I was bruised, but I wasn’t broken,” Underwood said.

“I decided instead of being angry and vengeful, I took the truth and made myself even better,” she said. “I know you’re probably thinking, why am I saying this now… because I’m right where I belong.”

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