“That was an April Fool’s joke that HE did. Not true. And not funny,” Tyler told S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown in a text message.
That should be a relief to the hundreds of outraged and disappointed fans, many of whom swore to never support Orlando as Madea and suggested the character be discontinued as an alternative.
“Well that will be the end of Madea!!!!!” wrote S2S Facebook friend Jimmy McIntyre. Sandy Lee posted: “I can’t picture that in my mind..only ONE Madea…..”
Tyler apparently agrees with those fans’ sentiments. “When I’m done with Madea, she is done,” he said.
Orlando tweeted the false news earlier this month, and several media outlets picked up the story. However, it was curious that Tyler, who has a pretty active social media presence, didn’t confirm the reports.
Tyler, who’s working on new series with Oprah Winfrey for her OWN network, was likely too busy counting the estimated $45 million in earnings from his latest film Temptation, to refute Orlando’s “joke” at the time.