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The Blunt Reason Why Tyler Perry Is Saying Goodbye To Madea

The Blunt Reason Why Tyler Perry Is Saying Goodbye To Madea

"This is it", he told SiriusXM radio host Bevy Smith on her show Bevelations on Monday.

Perry added that the upcoming film A Madea Family Funeral will be the character's last hurrah and that a stage play tour is also in the works.

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".

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"I'm happy to kill that old b***h, I'm exhausted, man", Perry said on Monday. During the interview, the 49-year-old multi-hyphenate explained that as he's gotten older, playing Madea has become less and less appealing. In his words, "I just don't want to be her age playing her". Both movies were written and directed by Perry.

Tyler Perry is bringing his famed Madea franchise to a close. The film mogul, who has been playing Mabel Earlene "Madea" Simmons for almost 20 years, announced that he is bidding the character farewell and putting away his gray wig, glasses and long floral dresses.

Since the character's debut in 1999 in the play, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself", it has grossed more than $500 million worldwide at the box office from 10 films. The final film in Madea's franchise will premiere next year. Perry, however, doesn't specify if Madea herself has died.