Perry Ready To Retire Madea

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August 23, 2010 | 11:35am EST

Funnyman Tyler Perry can’t wait to retire his movie matriarch Madea, insisting he “doesn’t get” what audiences love about her.

The actor shot to fame as the sharp-tongued grandmother in movies including Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea Goes To Jail – but he admits he’s ready to quit cross-dressing for the role.

He says, “I resented the fact that she became so famous and so many people loved her, because I just didn’t get it, and I did not get her.

“But these days grandmothers are much younger, and much busier. Back in the day, there were grandmothers who would be there for you, give you counsel, and I think that’s what she represents to a lot of people. Now I’m at a place where as long as the audience love to see it, I’ll do it. But the minute they stop coming – that old broad, she’s dead. She’s outta here. She is gonna die a quick death.”