Last month Tyler Perry updated fans with new tour dates for his latest touring play, “Madea Gets A Job” and revealed that following the conclusion of the production, he would be taking an indefinite hiatus from the road.
Now, the Hollywood mogul has abruptly cancelled the play “due to circumstances that” he said he could not “control.”
The 42-year-old actor/writer/director/producer explained that bootleggers are making it difficult for his fans to see the production because they are duping people into buying overpriced tickets.
“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,” he began. “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.”
Perry, who topped Forbes 2011 list of Highest-Paid Men In Entertainment, shared that he does “not tour to make a living,” but instead uses the medium to connect with his audience.
“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,” he expressed.
In addition to the surplus of bootleggers, Perry blasted impersonators who have been misrepresenting themselves as him on social media and conning his fans into paying for fraudulent “meet and greets.”
“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,” he informed. “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.”
Fans that have already purchased tickets to see “Madea Gets A Job” will get refunds according to Perry.
“This was the last live Madea tour and I’m super sorry that you won’t get to see it live,” he closed.