Tyler Perry’s Madea Character Will Be Retired

The actor/director confirmed 'A Madea Family Funeral' will be the character's final film.

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Tyler Perry will soon hang up Madea's wig.

During a recent appearance on Bevy Smith's SiriusXM radio show, the actor/comedian/filmmaker announced he will retire the iconic character in 2019, two decades after she was introduced to audiences.

"It's time for me to kill that old b***h. I'm tired, man" Perry told Smith on Monday. "I just don't want to be her age, playing her."

Perry, 49, debuted Mabel Earlene "Madea" Simmons in the 1999 play I Can Do Bad All by Myself. The gun-toting, tough-talking grandmother would go on to star in multiple film installments, including Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), Madea Goes to Jail (2009), A Madea Christmas (2013), and, most recently Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017).

Perry said the upcoming A Madea Family Funeral will serve as the character's swan song. He also announced that a farewell stage tour is in the works, so fans can get a proper good-bye. The news drew mixed reactions from audiences.

Great writers know when to let something die.💯 I love madea tho 😢 https://t.co/jirnddqZ44

— Kayvon Thibodeaux (@kayvont) October 31, 2018

Really Tyler Perry? You killing off Madea??? pic.twitter.com/RbCj3SoRzH

— Brandon J (@iamBrandon_J) October 30, 2018

Tyler Perry killing madea is a horrible fucking idea

— 🥷🏽👑 (@HoodBabySkoob) October 31, 2018

so we really not getting madea goes to wakanda ? wowwwwww https://t.co/tS96YVePLN

— honorary beifong (@SAYwhatQ_) October 30, 2018

Me when Tyler Perry said he’s doing a farewell Madea tour pic.twitter.com/8pS148onVZ

— The Real Destiny Jasmine (@Adore_dess) October 31, 2018

Madea is seeming like family now that she is going away. Y’all can’t stand her but soon as you found out she is dying, you start to miss her

— Keon J Steele (@KeonJsteele) October 31, 2018

Perry's A Madea Family Funeral will hit theaters March 1, 2019. The multi-hyphenate's latest project, Nobody’s Fool starring Tiffany Haddish, arrives this weekend. 

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