Tyler Perry has made a fortune impersonating an elderly woman, but draws the line when people impersonate him to make a fast buck.
Perry disappointed fans by announcing on Monday that he's canceled the tour for Madea Gets a Job, his new stage show starring the grey-haired icon, but insists he was left with no choice after ticket scams went out of control.
"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," Perry said in a statement.
"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. 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," he added.
Perry apologized to those who had already purchased tickets for the show and promised a full refund, adding that he is as disappointed as his fans that the show will not go on. Just one month ago, he revealed on his blog that Madea Gets a Job would be his farewell performance on the stage, and one not to be missed.
"If you have never seen me live, you have never seen me at all. Come out and see me and bring your family," Perry said in August. "This show will have you rocking and rolling and laughing and crying and singing all the way back home. You’ll see!"
Hopefully Madea Gets a Job will find it's way to the big screen in the near future.
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