Tyler Perry Says He’s Ending ‘Madea’ Character in 2019


After amassing $500M worldwide starring as Mabel Earlene "Madea" Simmons in 10 films and 10 plays, Tyler Perry has made a decision to bid farewell to the fictional 87-year-old grandmother-of-five for good.

When Madea gets together with her loved ones in this latest film, written and directed again by Perry, a family reunion turns into a funeral.

"I'm doing one last tour in 2019 - the farewell tour - and the last movie is Madea's Funeral that I shot two years ago", Perry told Bevy Smith of SiriusXM's Bevelations on Monday.

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"I'm happy to kill that old bitch, I'm exhausted, man".

Asked why he was finally ready to say goodbye to a character he's been playing for almost 20 years, Perry replied, "I just don't want to be her age playing her". In his words, "I just don't want to be her age playing her". I'm exhausted, man! I'm exhausted. Perry also wanted to focus on other projects like "Acrimony", released earlier this year, and "Nobody's Fool", which will be out November 2.

Madea is the character of an elderly African American woman played by Tyler Perry. This will be the eighth Madea movie in the franchise and the 11th film that Perry is seen as Madea. The film will hit theaters in March. The film will also mark the last collaboration between Perry and Lionsgate.