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Tyler Perry cancels play, goes on Oprah

tyler-perry-newswire-335a061207Tyler Perrys latest production could be called “Tyler Perry needs a break.”

The multi-platform entertainer has decided to pull the plug on his latest traveling play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family.” In a message on his blog he said “right now I’m not capable of giving you the show you want and deserve. I hope one day soon I will be able to make it up to you.”

In brighter news, he’ll be on Oprah this Wednesday. Sounds like that visit will be worth DVRing. Perry said on his blog it will be “the most in depth and revelatory interview I have ever done.”

His latest film, the adaptation of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” comes out in November. For the film, the title has been shortened to simply “For Colored Girls.”

Buzz took in the traveling “Madea” play last year in Macon. It was boilerplate Tyler Perry, where the family confronts a loss, along with lesser challenges involving relationships, job situations and just getting kids to act right, with Madea wisecracking, dispensing wisdom and coming out of character more than once.

“Sit the hell down!” Madea-Perry shouted at the very opening of the play, scolding late comers.

At the end of the play the characters indulged in a medley of old R&B hits.

“With me dealing with so much personal grief after the loss of my mother, it could not have come at a better time,” Perry said on his blog. “You all helped me through it and feeling the love and support of the people who started it all was just what I needed. I felt it and I still do. I am so sorry, but I am starting to realize that I am human and I have to know when to slow down.”

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October 18th, 2010
5:02 pm

Wonder if he’s coming out on Oprah?


October 18th, 2010
5:13 pm

good question?

Lois Stephens

October 18th, 2010
5:16 pm

I am a faithful Tyler Perry fan. I have seen all of his plays. I saw Madea’s Big Happy Family in Washington DC a few weeks ago. I was moved by the compassion that I felt coming from Mr. Perry during the entire play. I pray Mr. Perry will get sonme rest so in the future he will be ready to write and produce more plays and movies. his first concern is his health. I pray that God will continue to bless Mr. Perry and looking forward to seeing his next play. Most of all I appreciate his intergrity in coming forth to let the public know of his intentions. God bless and get some REST!!!

Webb from

October 18th, 2010
5:18 pm

Revelations….First Bishop Eddie Long, and now Tyler Perry….more revelations.

Jilly On

October 18th, 2010
5:20 pm

Revelatory? I love TP, but methinks he is sounding like a Very Important Black Urban Professional Politician trying to sound sophisticated. Please, Tyler, don’t let yourself get associated with these loons.


October 18th, 2010
5:23 pm

Who cares!?! About Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey or Eddie Long about any of them individually or collectively? Throw in the cast of any Housewives show (esp. Atlanta) and again, who cares?


October 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

Tyler prolly be tired for all the worrying ’bout how he gonna come up with all the money next month to pay his notes. That man gots some bils y’all!


October 18th, 2010
5:42 pm

I have this Wednesday’s Oprah AUTO- TUNNED!

Whatever he has to say– I’m listening…. Tyler Perry is magnificent – not because he’s rich, not because he’s famous, not because he’s black– not because he’s Christian– but because he is human— AND NEVER AFRAID TO SHOW IT!

It’s easy to make comments on a blog from a chair in your home- hidden… … … on the other hand TP- stands up straight and proud in front of cameras, in front of THE WORLD… and even with tears in his eyes— pain from memories— and plague of embarrassment— HE REACHES OUT TO PEOPLE IN HOPES OF HELPING THE LOST AND WEAK.

… What have U done lately?

Nice Lady

October 18th, 2010
5:46 pm

Why can’t we just say something nice or be quiet. If Tyler is gay, so be it. I do not believe he is but he is still human. Also, Eddie Long is human. I do believe he is in the closet but he is no less human. We all fall short. We all do things that are wrong. Maybe not as wrong as Eddie but still wrong. Lets play nice or not come to the park.


October 18th, 2010
5:47 pm

The man works his behind off and has the money to prove it. If he needs a break so be it.

If you spent less time being judgmental and critical of others maybe you’d find something better for yourself.

Oh wait, I forgot I was talking about Georgia folks – the ultimate crabs in a barrel.

The Standard

October 18th, 2010
5:51 pm

I find it frighteningly sad and dangerous how people (webb) are more concerned in someone accused and possibly outed as a hypocrite than being accused of being a pedophile.


October 18th, 2010
6:14 pm

Well I do not care if Perry is gay or not. He employs black people, not one or two but a whole cast. Look at all the movies that have come out this year you will be lucky to find more than three blacks in any of the films. I think that it is very important, more than whether he is gay or not which is his own business and he seems to make fun enjoyable movies so leave him alone.


October 18th, 2010
6:15 pm

Ignorance, Ignorance, Ignorace on all angles here!!!!!


October 18th, 2010
6:17 pm

yes he is human heneeds a break


October 18th, 2010
6:17 pm

No, he is going to tell how he was molested by men as well as women when he was young. I am so happy he has survived this terrible CRIME!


October 18th, 2010
6:19 pm

Get your strength TP! The delay will give me more time to buy a better seat at the play when you come back to Tulsa!


October 18th, 2010
6:32 pm

I’ll tell you what. After seeing the worst movie in my life this weekend (N-Secure) I have a new and even better appreciation for Tyler’s products. While the themes may be similar and have his signature sometimes sappy flavor, at least they are watchable, entertaining and well produced. I hear his name mentioned a lot in regards to coming the aid of those in need, and I never feel he does it for publicity. If he is gay, it is his business, and why should we care?. I think For Colored Girls will actually be a new horizon as far as his usual genre….and I know it’s well produced and worth watching.

Earth Quake

October 18th, 2010
6:45 pm

As a heterosexual black male, Tyler, If Oprah coaxes you out of the closet, I would still love and support you!


October 18th, 2010
6:52 pm

I have always enjoyed the messages portrayed in Tyler Perry’s movies and plays. I am especially empressed with his charity in giving back to the community. The recent example is paying to replace the stolen boyscout trailors. He footed the hotel bills here for 20 Katrina families, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to college scholarship funds, and paid for this lady who called into a localy radio station who had a vision disease to fly to see a specialist. These are just a few of the public things he has done.

You rarely see this kind of giving back to the community among the other local multi-millionaire celebrities and rappers.


October 18th, 2010
6:55 pm

Enter your comments here
I’ve tired to care. I’ve been unsuccessful in doing so.


October 18th, 2010
6:59 pm

@ Reallytho …… I AGREE WITH YOU 100%

It really is easier for someone whose life thats not where they want it to be; to hide behind a keyboard and spew venom. I believe many of his haters have screwed up, dramatic lives and have never done anything for anyone.

As a gay black male…..I’ve never really given his personal life much thought, because I was always focused on hist art work. While he is an amazing talent and philanthropist, there will always be haters. I guess if you are not being hated on your not making a difference.



October 18th, 2010
7:24 pm

I am a straight, white male approaching middle age and I find Mr. Perry to be one of the treasures of our city and state. Several times he has been in the paper for helping people in need, particularly groups of children. I imagine that is the visible tip of the iceberg of his philanthropy. More importantly, he provides opportunity for other to work and succeed. Best Wishes Mr. Perry.

Oh well

October 18th, 2010
7:28 pm

I agree with most here–Tyler needs to just come out…and so does Oprah/Gayle. But i doubt either of them will. Just be who you are. I don’t care about any of his productions at this time; I hate hypocrisy. Same with Oprah, who I believe is lying to her followers about her sexuality. Just be who you are and let the chips fall where they may. What others think of them is irrelevant now, because they have so much cash, why should they care? Live and let live…just don’t push your agenda on me.


October 18th, 2010
7:29 pm

I cannot understand for the life in me why people are so negative. Never a kind word about anyone or anything. Your life must be miserable.
I’m willing to bet you don’t have near the money Tyler Perry has, and he worked hard for the money, not selling drugs,robbing, killing and stealing. We need to be proud of our brothers and sisters who are doing well, and as for Eddie Long, those without sin cast the first stone. Learn to love,to be kind,and stop being so negative, you just might feel better.

juan dones

October 18th, 2010
7:33 pm

God bless you, keep doing a good gob, we all like you’r movies, God is with you.

Juan Dones

October 18th, 2010
7:36 pm

we love you Perry God bless you always

Love Tyler

October 18th, 2010
7:48 pm

Hi Tyler, please get your rest. You are so LOVED and NEEDED! I love all your movies and plays. You are the bomb, and it really doesn’t matter what anyone says, they are probably very broke and extremely jealous. Tyler gives God the glory and that’s his story, okay.


October 18th, 2010
8:00 pm

there’s something that bugs me about this perry guy.


October 18th, 2010
8:09 pm

Tyler Perry,Real Housewives,Wrappers,Professional Athletes,Preacher Pimps,Civil Rights Groups,Bruthas on the Down Low.
The real joke about all of these factions of the “chocolate city ” is that it shows how this segregated society has progressed since the ” I have a dream ” speech by the communist MLK.
That’s why black Atlanta is so hypersensative (guilt) and reactive to any comments made about their people.
The jury was out for a long time since blacks gained equal rights by law.Now the jury is in,and the reality is a complete embarassment.Tyler Perry is making millions off all the people he mocks,Eddie Long is rich from the fools that support him.They just keep blacks down and their foolish enough to support their agendas.
Oh yeah,crabs in a barrel is right on the money !

Doris M

October 18th, 2010
8:15 pm

Why all the hate? Tyler Perry has done wonders for black actors. I haven’t been to a stage play, but I have attended all his films (stood in line). He always sends a positive message to the audience. I’ve heard the talk that he is gay but so what? I don’t really believe the talk. but what is the deal with people bashing gays; they are people just like everybody else. Did not they tell you to love your neighbor as yourself. There is just too much meaness in the world. I’ll be watching Oprah.

so what?

October 18th, 2010
8:19 pm

Human beings are something interesting. What people will or won’t say is really incredible.
Specially about one another….

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

October 18th, 2010
8:24 pm

It’s like some of the sayings I heard from my Mother when I was young….”if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all”. Some of y’all need to take heed to those valuable words of wisdom.

Why must you always feel as if you have to bring other folks down in order for you to feel valued and/or important as a human being?

That is so sad to live your life like that….think about it. Why not use that energy doing something good/positive for yourself or for others in need.


October 18th, 2010
8:35 pm

I am also a big Tyler Perry fan. I can fully understand your health is more important. GOD BLESS U. Get much needed rest you deserve it. See you whenever you hit Austin.


October 18th, 2010
8:51 pm

pw, go back and read your second comment, then read your third comment, pot meet kettle.

Trinette N.

October 18th, 2010
9:51 pm

It’s not about black or white. Mr. T. Perry has brought entertainment to a level no one has challenged. He has place God in all his plays, movies and interviews. He is a man of God and a blessing to many. So for that I applaud your endless efforts in bringing understanding, life’s hard aches and pains to our lives. Whether on stage or on the big screen not one productor, writer and actor has brought such strong messages not only to African Americans but all people.

Got Some

October 18th, 2010
10:37 pm

This isn’t hate, but more a question for discussion. If Tyler’s so talented, why hasn’t he crossed over to white folks yet? Spike Lee, the Hughes brothers, F Gary Gray and more are all black directors who have all made successful films that audiences everywhere worldwide have enjoyed. Yet, the only people who seem to be high on Tyler’s films (note not on him as a person, philanthropist, etc.) are black folks. Will his films ever transcend racial lines, or will he just have a successful career playing to his audience (and there’s nothing wrong with that, see George Strait, Slayer, Kathy Griffin, Gallagher) ?


October 18th, 2010
10:58 pm

so not happy to find this out…..I have tickets for his Oct.23rd show. I have been waiting for this weekend. all I can do is be understanding! he needs a break…..but i’m still sad; I had floor seats 3 rows away from the stage….tear tear!!!!! Mr.Perry I will be looking forward to the next one.

Telly B

October 19th, 2010
12:42 am

Why does Tyler have to crossover to be considered successful? Why isn’t being successful in the black community enough? So what if he hasn’t crossed over. We watch BET and TV1, we listen to black radio. Those networks haven’t crossed over. I’m not the most ardent fan of the formula he’s created for his movies, but I support him by paying to see his movies and plays. He doesn’t employ me, but he employs my people, and that’s good enough for me.


October 19th, 2010
12:49 am

I too was misused as achild,by cousins, I know it was wrong ,but you did it anyway . Yes, I am a girl and yes it was girls who touched me. Yes, you do loss something with touch, I am married and have a beautiful child, but sex is acting..I feel nothing . I deal with it. and he doesn’t know . and have been married for 15years.
so,Tyler I feel your pain and you can move on . Like a young turtle …it takes the struggles to get thru to the good parts.


October 19th, 2010
3:36 am


I hope you’re right. No, I pray you right! I guesss I have my doubts about your claims because the past molestations are pretty much old news. But I hope he isn’t gay!


October 19th, 2010
6:01 am

Okay, Tyler needs a break! To all of you who think you can slow his following down by your negative comments, well why don’t you just change your name to Palin, McCain, Bill, and Rush…Etc. Why are we a nation set on destruction? If you don’t have anything uplifting to say PLEASE keep it to yourself. I’m glad Tyler is taking a break he has not had time to morn the loss of his Mom, and if any of you who is without sin cast your stones we well repel you, all of YOU!!!! BTW, pw, Reallytho, nicelady, Jilly on and any positive person we must stand up and be heard or the negative people will take over! PEACE!!!


October 19th, 2010
6:40 am

WOW… It’s truly amazing how cruel and judgemental people can be without having any personal knowledge of what this man is going through. Tyler Perry is a “beast” as far as his work ethic goes (and I know this personally), so I’m sure he had to have a lot going on to cancel a show. That is not how he prefers to do business. I really don’t understand why his sexual preference is even a topic of discussion. Who cares if he is gay? It doesn’t diminish the work that he has done on the screen, stage and community. My fiance’ always says “hurt people hurt people”. In saying that I would encourage each of you to resolve your own issues and work to be the best YOU you can be… instead of hiding behind the web to spew hate and negativity. Only God can judge us!


October 19th, 2010
6:41 am

Is he finally coming out publicly? That would be great!
TP be yourself. You are such a hard worker and have accomplished so much. You deserve to live your life and be true to yourself. I support you!


October 19th, 2010
7:24 am

If Tyler Perry was poor, undeucated, living in the hood and announced that he was gay no one would care. Oh boy he has money now everyone wants a piece of the pie. Thank you. Has Woody “child molestor” Allen made any movies to crossover to black folks and Latinos. Why are we always expected to crossover and no one ever tried to crossover to us. Did you ever see any black folks on Elvis Presley album cover. Quote taken from the movie “The Five Heartbeats”. So true. Once black folks start crossing over there work looses a lot of appeal and it’s gone. Trust me and Tyler knows it.


October 19th, 2010
7:49 am

Right Hotlanta,” It’s a black thing,you wouldn’t understand it “.

Boogers in your Mouth

October 19th, 2010
8:14 am

Perhaps he is gonna request donations for his upcoming sex change operation or Oprah is gonna talk turkey with him about She and Gayle Yosemite Park GayCation.


October 19th, 2010
8:29 am

To: PW gooo to hell! Don’t talk about Georgia people.


October 19th, 2010
8:56 am

Did I miss something? How did Eddie Long get into this Tyler Perry conversation? There we go again, always running our traps before we know what s going on. Yes, Tyler Perry is a christian. It shows in his work ( so he walks to walk and not just talks the talk). However, whatever he has to say on Oprah he is still only a human. Being a christian does NOT mean that yu don t have issues. Also, Tyler and his mother were VERY close and and he is still grieving over her death. He probably did like I did and a lot of others who lost a close family member do: try to cover the loss with excessive work, so you won t have to think about it. That does not work…Pray for him so that he may find his peace and joy again….He s a good man. And remember, confession IS good for the soul. Once he reveals himself on Oprah he ll feel a lot better. A lot of us need to “clean all of our rooms” and stop just showing the public the rooms we want them to see…


October 19th, 2010
9:01 am


south africa

October 19th, 2010
9:26 am

Forget about all the crit………….. you need all the rest cuz if you are well rested the movie house will be full again TP you rock and GOD BLESS YOU MORE !!!!!!