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

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 17, 2012 1:00 PM
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Tyler Perry

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 | September 18, 2012 10:28 PMReply

    If only it were this easy.........

  • Amari | September 17, 2012 6:38 PMReply

    ... 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.

  • kirk | September 17, 2012 6:07 PMReply

    His best venue is redbox!

  • DickHertz | September 17, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    I bet ticket sales weren't so great.

  • Darnell | September 17, 2012 6:04 PM

    After reading the article, I inferred that Tyler is not the producer, since he addressed that person as someone else. Therefore, Tyler's money is under a contract which more than likely is not attached to ticket sales. He does have a responsibility to uphold his part of the contract (show up). However, if the promoter breaches said contract, which could be the case, Tyler then can decide if he wants to continue. Low ticket sales would not be Tyler's concern because he's the paid performer.

  • WOW | September 17, 2012 5:36 PM

    I'd bet you'd be wrong. Tyler has no problems filling seats. But I am not completely sold on the excuse he gave. He's not hurting for money so I'm thinking it's more about freeing up his time. I mean, if he was considering the welfare of his loyal fans as he implied, shutting down the show does not show loyalty to them. If they couldn't pay the dough, they wouldn't go. But that has never been the case.

  • Monique A. Williams | September 17, 2012 2:55 PMReply

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

  • Adam Scott Thompson | September 17, 2012 9:51 PM

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOO___________ X_X

  • Yeanla | September 17, 2012 7:19 PM

    Lmao! Will probably be the best comment I read all week.

  • JMac | September 17, 2012 2:33 PMReply

    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.

  • CareyCarey | September 17, 2012 4:22 PM

    You're correct Akimbo... and it's a legitimate business. Well, at least it's done in other forms of entertainment. Scalping tickets is legal in many states. For instance, everyone knows that Super Bowl tickets are sold in huge lots. Those fortunate to get them, resale them at a huge profit. Heck, many baseball games are repeatedly sold out. That's when scalpers make their money. In respect to refunds, the promoter is still responsible. However, he will only have to refund the face value. This has absolutely nothing to do with bootlegging. As a side note, Tyler wasn't clear on the value on the ticket. He only said what he suggested. Now, from experience, Tyler's tickets have never been has low as he suggested. My ticket stubs speak a different tune.

  • Akimbo | September 17, 2012 2:53 PM

    No, TP is referring to scalpers as "ticket bootleggers;" not the same thing. I don't see this as a legit reason to cancel the tour, though; I mean, tickets are selling, right? Now the poor folks who bought from scalpers are just assed out!

  • ChgoSista | September 17, 2012 1:09 PMReply


  • Adam Scott Thompson | September 17, 2012 1:09 PMReply

    Now where's my violin?

  • Ava | September 17, 2012 5:20 PM

    LOL. Call me cynical but the first thought that popped into my head was that Tyler Perry was making a hard turn-right away from these Madea plays. Who knows, if the money gets tight, he may return. I never saw one of his plays, so I guess I don't know what I'm missing (lol).

  • @tracijreeves | September 17, 2012 1:06 PMReply

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

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