Tyler Perry Says He's Killing Off Iconic Madea Character

I'm exhausted, man! I'm exhausted, ' the 49-year-old movie/TV mogul said on Bevy Smith's SiriusXM show 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.

'We gonna say goodbye in '19. Perry is 49 and Madea is in her 60s.

Jokingly, he said: It's time for me to kill that old bi-h, I'm exhausted, man!

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Filmmaker Tyler Perry says he's retiring the character of Madea, the tough-talking grandmother he first brought to life back in 1999.

The last time Madea was featured in a film was Boo 2! "I just don't want to be her age playing her". Both movies were written and directed by Perry. In addition, Tyler has plans to give her a proper send-off with a farewell stage play tour across the country. Over the proceeding decades, the character has appeared in nine more plays, along with 10 films ("Madea Family Funeral" will be the franchise's 11th movie).

According to reports, Madea has appeared in dozens of films grossing more than $500 million internationally. Perry, however, doesn't specify if Madea herself has died. The character is known to use comical and vulgar language, and has a litany of criminal offenses, which was especially highlighted in 2009's "Madea Goes to Jail".

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