Madea fans may want to brace themselves. According to Tyler Perry, the end may be near for the wig-wearing, gun-yielding character.
“As long as people want to see it, she’ll be around, but the minute they stop coming, that broad’s gonna die a quick death,” Tyler told the “Today Show.”
Though it’s his signature character, Tyler said he’s more focused on his television series on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network right now. He’s churning out new Madea films, including the upcoming A Madea Christmas, for fans. If they lose interest, he’s fine kissing the matriarch good-bye.
“It’s all about the people, man. The power’s in the hands of the people at home,” he said while joking about a Madea’s Funeral film.
Tyler didn’t mention the criticism that the character has received over the years, but the somewhat stereotypical role has been very polarizing. Audiences either love her or hate her.
As for Tyler, he’s been dressing up as the outspoken senior citizen for more than a decade for the big screen, stage and straight-to-DVD offerings.
While he’s seemingly prepared to bury the Madea when the time comes, Tyler said she’s likely not going anywhere as long as she continues to draw moviegoers to the franchise.
“As long as people want to see it, she’ll be around,” he said.
Watch more from Tyler below.
Photos: The Madea Debate
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