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Tyler Perry Cancels Anticipated Last Live Madea Tour, Blames Bootleggers & Impersonators

Tyler Perry Cancels Anticipated Last Live Madea Tour, Blames Bootleggers & Impersonators

About an hour ago, Tyler Perry posted the below message to his 8.1 million Facebook fans, reposted without comment:


Unfortunately, due to circumstances that I can’t control, we’ve had to cancel this leg of the Madea Gets A Job tour.

Here’s why. I set a ticket price for the show starting at $25. The reason I set the price so low is so that everyone could get a chance to come out and see the show. I know how tight things are right now. I GET IT! I do not tour to make a living, I tour because I love staying connected to all of you. I love seeing your faces, hearing you laugh and seeing you enjoy yourselves. It gives me great joy. Even though it’s a lot of work, I really don’t mind doing it. Because of that, what I do is make sure that the promoter sets a reasonable ticket price and the prices are $25, $45 and $65. Even though I set these prices so that they are affordable, fees are added that are out of my control and the price of the tickets can almost double. Add to that, when you go online looking for tickets, IN LOTS OF CASES, you are being led to a bootlegger and you don’t even know it. There are a lot of ticket bootleggers and scalpers that buy lots of shows and sell them to the public for double, sometimes triple the price. I’ve been dealing with this for years but now with the internet I’ve never seen it this bad.

Also, there are some horrible people who are pretending to be me or representing me on Facebook and charging people money to do a meet and greet on the tour (I posted a picture below of what they are doing). They are telling people that they are me or working for me and charging them $150 for a meet and greet after the play. DON’T FALL FOR THIS!! That’s not me.

This is so frustrating! Why are people so evil? Why can’t people just get legitimate jobs and stop trying to do the wrong thing all the time? If they put the same amount of energy into doing the right thing as they do in doing the wrong thing they could make it. It’s so sad.

To all of you who have bought tickets and made plans to be there I am so sorry. I really am but my hands are tied.

This was the last live Madea tour and I’m super sorry that you won’t get to see it live. All refunds should be given back to you.

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Miles Ellison

If only it were this easy………


… I'm calling BS on the whole matter. I understand he wants to give affordable tickets to his fans, but if that is the case then he can't expect to get a big venue, much less sell tickets through companies like ticketmaster.

He would be better off doing a college tour or whatever if he wants more price control. Either way, I'm slightly pissed more so because of his lame excuse. I could see when his mom died him cancelling or delaying a tour, but to cancel a tour over ticket prices, bootleggers and such shenanigans? That is messed up.


His best venue is redbox!


I bet ticket sales weren't so great.

Monique A. Williams

Maybe if enough people bootleg the movies, he'll retire from them too. #wishfulthinking


Direct evidence that Seawood was right about the bootlegging effect on black entertainment? Or maybe he was tired of touring and wants to work on the movie version instead.



Adam Scott Thompson

Now where's my violin?


Damn that's too bad cause Tyler's best venue for his work is definitely the stage.

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