Tyler Perry to say goodbye to Madea in 2019

Tyler Perry arrives at a screening of Lionsgate Films' 'Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family' at the Cinerama Dome Theater

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He also plans to stage a farewell tour in 2019, along with the character's final film, Tyler Perry's a Madea Family Funeral.

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

Perry made the announcement Monday (Oct. 29) during a Sirius XM interview stating that the fiery, gun-toting grandmother would say goodbye to audiences.

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'I'm doing one last tour in 2019, the farewell tour, ' prolific Perry - who boasts a $600M fortune - promised.

Tyler Perry's latest movie, Acrimony, starring Taraji P. Henson, was the cause of several Twitter arguments these past few months as Nigerian moviegoers debated the merits of the movie and it's intricate - if not, emotionally exhausting - plotline. 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).

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 said the character was based on his own mother, as well as Eddie Murphy's performance in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. Perry has signed a deal with Viacom that will see him producing content across television, film, and short-form video platforms.

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