Orlando Jones to Replace Tyler Perry as Madea?

040513-celebs-orlando-jonesOrlando Jones takes over as Madea in “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Christmas”. Creator Tyler Perry turns over reigns to iconic character to focus on own venture with Oprah Winfrey

APRIL 2, 2013/ATLANTA – NAACP Award® nominee Orlando Jones will now play the role of Mabel “Madea” Simmons in the next installment of the Madea franchise entitled “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.” He replaces creator Tyler Perry, who is focusing on the partnership between his company and Oprah Winfrey’s struggling OWN network that was announced last October.

“It is with mixed emotion that I announce that I will be unable to portray Madea in the next chapter in her journey,” Perry said. “The character has been such a gift and it was my hope and intention to play this role again in the upcoming film. But due to my commitments to the exciting new venture I am launching with OWN and Discovery Communications, I must now put all my energy into our new slate of shows that will launch on the network later this year”

“Tyler and I are obviously very sad that he won’t be able to continue,” new director Bill Duke said in a statement. “Working with him on this project has been a delight and has brought us both so much joy and laughter. Right now Tyler needs to focus on the health of his new venture and the future. We love and respect him immensely and support him during this time. We are very grateful to Orlando for stepping in so quickly.”

Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate said, “While we are saddened to hear that Mr. Perry won’t be appearing in the next film, we are still eager to have A MADEA CHRISTMAS in theaters this holiday season and look forward to Orlando Jones giving a great performance.”

Perry also praised Jones stating, “In my opinion, Orlando is the perfect choice to take over this role. He is extraordinarily talented and will make one terrific Madea! I have given him my blessing and I urge everyone to go out and see this hysterically funny film this Christmas and support Orlando’s participation.”

TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS opens in theaters on December 13, 2013. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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  1. Chrissy says:

    This makes no sense! Won’t be watching it if it isn’t Tyler playing Madea! No one can replace him!

    • Pamela Dill says:

      OThat’s what I’m sayin, no disrespect, but there is only 1 madea.


        I could’ve played Madea; since I am a New Orleans Mother/Gramma of 3 sons & 5 grandchildren; who moved to Atl/East Point after Hurricane Katrina. I’m 71, but don’t dress or feel that old. I do have a carry permit for a .38 Smith & Wesson, & am an Air Force VET; who majored in Communications & Drama @ UNO in NOLA, back in the 60s. I played an extra in Mandingo & the sequel…..also some local NOLA commercials. I love Madea, but I don’t think I can even visualize Orlando as her/me. The Voice will be difficult to accept. I’ll try to be fair & watch it when it comes to ON DEMAND. Good luck!!!!!

  2. kim downs says:

    this is going to be fair, were going to miss you do much!!!!!!!!! please dont be a stranger, we love you , you have made so many of us laugh when we needed it the most, we feel as you have been there for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Rose Mayers says:

    I don’t think ANYONE can play Madea like Tyler and I won’t be looking forward to it but will watch and Orlando had better come good. I am gonna miss you Tyler as the character.
    Good luck with your new venture and I know it will touch millions as usual. God bless

  5. Terri says:

    No more Madea for me:(( Tyler Perry makes Madea…

  6. I don’t no about this but I’ll give him a try.

  7. He’d better be as good as Tyler. I doubt he can be better. I’ll await patiently for a great surprise.

  8. Brandy says:

    Just won’t be the same…but I’ll have to see the preview if this guy can be Madea as good as Tyler Perry. Very sad.

  9. toni F says:

    Tyler perry already said it was a joke what ever

  10. D carter says:

    Omg ridiculous

  11. I don’t think that anyone can play Madea other than Tyler Perry hope he change his mind.

  12. Jasso says:

    Some characters should NEVER be diddled with. Tyler Perry developed and gave us Madea,…..he cats a very large and long shadow,….and regardless of talented Orlando is,…..don’t think he’ll be able to brin it,……we love our Madea,…..and Tyler Perry’s portral.

  13. Bobbi says:

    I’m sorry. I enjoy watching Orlando Jones. So no disrespect intended. But, a Madea movie without Tyler Perry playing the iconic role just won’t work. You can’t mistake Orlando Jones for Tyler Perry even with the body costumes the voice will be different and just all her mannerisms will be different. I for one will not be going to see it, and I absolutely love all of the Madea movies. I watch them over and over again. My favorites are Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Family Reunion and Madea Goes to Jail. Thanks for listening.

  14. Angelina says:

    I’m sorry but Tyler perry is the ONLY madea ill watch ! You can’t just change that Tyler !! Sorry bad move! Not the same, no one can follow Tyler perry in the role of madea !!

  15. claudia says:

    I agree. With that it won’t be the same.. it’s a shame we won’t see him as madea it sucks nd it’s sad.. can’t imagine some pool one else as madea . I’m so sad I won’t see Tyler in movies super sad

  16. claudia says:

    Meant: someone else…… I’m just shock.. don’t do this to us.. we want to see u again in the movies can’t nobody replace madea or the rest of the characters u perform in.. sorry for being selfish but then aren’t we all.. think about ur fans nd don’t replace ur talent for another u will regret then n do ur thing ..we love madea in u Mr Tyler can’t nobody do what God has given u. Withe the help of God u can do both if u let him guide u tru..don’t dissapoint us like this.. not say the other guy can’t but III started this so don’t just give up on us like this.. is ur role so use what what u started nd give it to someone else is like given up on ur fans..so plse think bout ur fans

  17. Candice Smith says:

    No one can be Madea but Tyler…Orlando should come in as Madea’s sister or some other relative.

  18. Tammy Grooms says:

    No one can play made a like Tyler Perry I love madea and its all because of what Tyler brings to her she would never b the same not to say I wouldn’t watch it cause I’m a HUGE fan but I don’t think I would like it.

  19. Patty says:

    No one can be Madea except Tyler Perry…..Praise da Lort…..

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