ALBANY, Ga. — Actor, director and playwright Tyler Perry canceled the remaining shows of his popular "Madea Gets a Job," stage play Monday afternoon after he says too many people were charging exorbitant prices for events related to the show.
The show, which was set to be in Albany Friday night, has now been canceled, City of Albany Recreation and Parks Director Suzanne Davis confirmed Monday afternoon.
"If anyone has bought tickets through the Civic Center, they can come by tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon and refunds will be available," Davis said.
Perry said that ticket bootleggers, scalpers and others led to his decision to cancel the shows.
"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 wrote in the e-mail.
Perry also said that there were "horrible people" who were charging high prices to see a person pretending to be him.
"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. 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," he writes.
This was going to be Perry's last live tour.