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Tyler Perry to end ‘Madea’ franchise


Actor, filmmaker, comedian and playwright Tyler Perry is officially calling it quits on his “Madea” franchise, he announced during a SiriusXM interview Monday.

“I just don’t want to be her age [still]playing her,” he joked.

The character Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons, played by Perry himself, first appeared as a 68-year-old in the 1999 stage play “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” followed by the play and film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”

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