“Mary brought a big audience with her, they knew what they was doing,” he said. “Plus, Mary was a fan of this show and I think this show was written exclusively for her, especially with the Monet character which I think she is brilliant at. I love seeing Mary outside of her comfort zone as far as being on-stage and singing and all that. She’s been getting her feet wet in this acting game and there’s only room for improvement and she has all my support.”

He continued, “Mary’s not regular at all, she’s more real. This is our royalty regardless of how anyone else feels about her, Mary is our royalty and we’re not going to let anyone tarnish this brand. She’s bringing it this season – I just wish she’d hug her kids [laughs] but in the business she’s in, she can’t be soft at all, it’s got to be tough love all around the board and she’s killing it.”

Method Man and Mary J. Blige collaborated on “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By” off the New York rapper’s debut album Tical in 1995. Peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, their interpolation of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s classic won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

The pair also teamed up on “Love @ 1st Sight” off Mary J. Blige’s 2003 album, Love & Life.

“It’s no feeling like this in the world to be doing something for so long and to still reap the benefits of your work,” he said. “I won a Grammy in ‘95 with Mary J. Blige for music. And then, I won an NAACP Award with Mary J. Blige for acting. It gets no better than that.”