Why Tyler Perry is killing off Madea in 2019

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The world was introduced to Mabel Earlene "Madea" Simmons for the first time in Perry's 1999 play "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself".

Perry revealed that the final movie for the character will actually be funeral based, Tyler Perry's a Madea Family Funeral.

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But fans will have plenty of time to say goodbye.

The 49-year-old movie/TV mogul said on Bevy Smith's SiriusXM show on Monday: "It's time for me to kill that old b****". A Madea Halloween and Madea Goes To Jail. Immediatley loved for her wisdom dripped in life experiences and take no-mess attitude, Madea helped take Perry from the theater circuit to Hollywood. No character been more integral to Perry's branding. The play was directed and written by Perry, who also starred in the play and portrayed the fictional character. That movie, Perry said, has been ready for about two years. I just don't want to be her age playing her, So, we're going to say goodbye to her. Perry said he is taking Madea on a farewell stage tour, and he says he'll use 2019's "Family Funeral" to end her storyline. He's also excited to focus on different kinds of projects, including Acrimony, out earlier this year, and Nobody's Fool, due out in November, both of which Perry wrote and produced.

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