LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Writer/producer/director/actor Tyler Perry arrives at a screening of Lionsgate Films' "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" at the Cinerama Dome Theater on April 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Tyler Perry says the Madea franchise is ending forever in 2019

Originally posted Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Tyler Perry told SiriusXM host Bevy Smith Monday that he is officially retiring Madea next year.

His career-defining brazen, brash, gun-toting female character has now appeared in dozens of plays, TV shows and films. The movies - all shot in Atlanta - alone collectively have grossed more than a half billion dollars.

“I just don’t want to be her age playing her,” said Perry, who is 49. Madea is perpetually in her late 60s stretching back two decades. 

He said there will be one last play tour and one final film - appropriately titled “Madea’s Funeral,” which wrapped two years ago and is sitting in the can.

Perry is currently promoting his latest comedic film “Nobody’s Fool,” out November 2 starring Tiffany Haddish, Decatur native Omari Hardwick, Tika Sumpter, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley and Whoopi Goldberg. It was shot at Tyler Perry Studios this past spring. 

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Rodney Ho
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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.