Tyler Perry is taking “Madea” on the road again this spring, and discussed his role in Whitney Houston’s funeral during today’s visit with CBS This Morning.
“The family had asked me to do it,” Perry said during the discussion with Gayle King and Charlie Rose. “Our entire relationship was private. Nobody knew that I knew her. I would have much rather not have been there, or not even have been at a funeral for her, but since they asked I did.”
Perry was among the speakers at Houston’s service on Saturday, quoting Scripture as he eulogized his friend. After her sudden death the day before the Grammy awards, Perry arranged for Houston’s remains to be transported east by private plane.
King asked a follow-up question but Perry kept things close to the vest: ” Because as you know I have not said anything about this publicly, I have not talked about this. Our relationship was private and I chose to have it remain that way.”
He did discuss his role in his upcoming movie, “Good Deeds,” saying: “It’s easier for me to hide behind a costume, it’s easier to for me to make people laugh but to be out with a character… who was so close to my own life, that was very difficult because I feel like people are looking at me.”
Coincidentally Perry, writing as his alter ego Madea, has posted a message on his web site in Madea’s unmistakable voice to announce a new road show:
“Hellur! This is Madea,” the note begins. “I was coming on this interlink email thang to let y’all know that I’m going on tour. That’s right, on the road in a bran new play called MADEA GETS A JOB!! Times done got hard on my side of town so I went to work. They making an old woman come out of retirement. This show is hilarious. I can’t wait to get out there and make you hurt yoself laughin.”
Perry has just finished filming “Madea’s Witness Protection” and wrapped “The Marriage Counselor,” a non-Madea movie, before that. The “Madea Gets a Job” live tour kicks off with a March 15-18 run in Memphis. It will play at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta from April 12-15 and tickets are available through the Fox Theatre’s site.
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org