Tyler Perry has announced that he is planning a farewell stage tour and the film Tyler Perry's a Madea Family Funeral next year to end the character of Madea.
Perry dons a wig, makeup and dress to portray the tough-talking elderly black woman.
Mabel Earlene Madea Simmons first appeared on stage almost 20 years ago and went on to be the star of several of Perry's hit films.
Those movies have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars despite some criticism that the character stereotypes black women.
Perry said he actually shot Family Funeral two years ago but wanted to stagger it along with his other films, including two Madea Halloween movies and the drama Acrimony.