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Tyler Perry Didn't Know He Cast the Woman Who Bought a Billboard to Get His Attention

Tyler Perry didn’t know he was hiring the actress who bought a billboard to get his attention when she landed a role in his new show!

The 50-year-old actor and director recently opened up about Racquel Bailey getting cast on his new show Sistas.

“That was scary as hell. I was really creeped out about it,” Tyler said of her billboard stunt.

He continued, “She auditioned. I didn’t even know it was her. I had separated the two in my mind. She got the job and after she gets the job, they tell me, ‘Oh that’s the girl from the billboard!’ I go, ‘What? Why didn’t somebody tell me!?’ It’s good that she’s good because if you put up a billboard and you suck, it’s not going to work.”

Tyler added that doesn’t recommend the billboard stunt for anyone else.

Hear all that Tyler Perry had to say below…

Halle Berry & Oprah Winfrey Support Tyler Perry at Studios Grand Opening!

Halle Berry flashes a smile as she stepped out to support Tyler Perry at the grand opening of his the Tyler Perry Studios on Saturday (October 5) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 53-year-old Oscar winner looked cool in a black, silk suit and hat as she walked the carpet alongside Oprah Winfrey and longtime love Stedman Graham.

Fellow Oscar winners at the event included Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon, Whoopi Goldberg, Spike Lee, and Cicely Tyson.

The Real hosts Loni Love, Tamera Mowry and husband Adam Housley, along with Jeannie Mai and boyfriend Jeezy also attended the event alongside fellow TV personalities including The Bachelorette‘s Rachel Lindsay, Tamron Hall, and Gayle King.

Samuel L. Jackson, 2 Chainz and wife Kesha Ward, Ludacris and wife Eudoxie Mbouguiengue, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, and Colin Kaepernick were also in attendance.

FYI: Halle is wearing a full House of Holland suit. Viola is wearing a Jay Godfrey dress while carrying a Tyler Ellis clutch. Tamera is wearing Swarovski jewels.

30+ pictures inside of the stars at the grand opening…More Here! »

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Tyler Perry Gives Young Dylan a Life-Changing Surprise on 'Ellen' - Watch Here!

Tyler Perry is officially developing a Nickelodeon series!

The 50-year-old writer-actor-director-producer announced that 10-year-old rapper Young Dylan, who has been regularly featured interviewing guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will be getting his own show at the Viacom-owned network during a surprise appearance on the talk show, airing Wednesday (October 2).

“I’m excited to work with the team at Nickelodeon and find creative ways to reach new audiences,” Tyler said in a statement. “I love creating comedy television and can’t wait to work with the talented Young Dylan.”

The project, which Perry will write, tells the story of a family whose world is turned upside down when their nephew, an aspiring hip-hop star (Dylan), moves in unannounced.

Tyler Perry also chats about receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and jokes that Kerry Washington, who paid tribute to him at the ceremony, stole the spotlight.

Click inside to watch the rest of Tyler Perry’s appearance on Ellen…More Here! »

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Kerry Washington & Idris Elba Honor Tyler Perry at His Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony!

Kerry Washington, Idris Elba, and Crystal Fox join writer, director, and actor Tyler Perry at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony on Tuesday afternoon (October 1) in Hollywood.

The 50-year-old entertainer and filmmaker was honored with the 2,675th star on the walk of fame.

Kerry worked with Tyler on the 2013 film Peeples, which he produced. Idris starred in the 2007 movie Daddy’s Little Girls, which Tyler wrote and directed. Crystal stars on Tyler‘s series The Haves and the Have Nots.

“Nobody is more deserving of this ⭐️ than you @tylerperry. Thank you for shining so brightly, for guiding our paths, and for creating new constellations. 💫✨,” Kerry wrote on Instagram.

40+ pictures inside of Kerry Washington and Idris Elba honoring their friend Tyler PerryMore Here! »

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Tyler Perry Explains Choice to Open Studio in Atlanta Amid Abortion Ban

Tyler Perry is choosing to stay in Atlanta while many film productions are leaving the city amid the state’s abortion ban.

The 50-year-old actor and filmmaker is set to open a massive new studio in Atlanta despite Hollywood’s backlash against the law, which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

“Atlanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land. So when I got here, this whole state and city has been amazing to me and I wouldn’t trade that for anything,” Tyler told the Associated Press (via THR).

He continued, “Also, I put $250 million in the ground here and in the studio. So when you have a quarter of a billion dollars sat down in the ground, you can’t just up and leave.”

He added that those now working in Atlanta’s film industry will hopefully influence the vote in the future.

“What I know about this industry is that there are 94,000-plus or 98,000 people who are in this industry and who are benefiting from it greatly. And that’s a lot of votes. I’m in a wait and see moment right now. But that’s a lot of votes. That’s a lot of votes that can determine an election,” Tyler said.

While Tyler hasn’t shared his opinion on the abortion ban, his publicist said he is against the law.

Taraji P. Henson Honors Close Friend Tyler Perry at BET Awards 2019 - Watch Now

Taraji P. Henson was on hand to honor her close friend Tyler Perry at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday (June 23) in Los Angeles.

The 48-year-old Empire star donned a sparkling, black dress as she hit the stage to present the 49-year-old director and producer with the Ultimate Icon Award.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Taraji P. Henson

“In a time where my counterparts were making way more than I was…Tyler Perry was the first to pay me my worth,” Taraji said about Tyler. “A black man did that and that means the world to me.”

Tyler added: “When I started hiring Taraji, Viola Davis and Idris Elba, they couldn’t get jobs in this town but God blessed me to be in a position to be able to hire them. I was trying to help somebody cross.”

15+ pictures inside of Taraji. P Henson and Tyler Perry at the awards show…More Here! »

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Mary J. Blige & Tyler Perry Arrive at BET Awards 2019

Mary J. Blige strikes a pose on the blue carpet as she arrives at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night (June 23) in Los Angeles.

The 48-year-old entertainer went glam in a white and silver dress as she stepped out for the awards show.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mary J. Blige

Also stepping out for the event was Tyler Perry, who looked handsome in an all black tux for the show.

Both stars are being honored at the BET Awards. Mary J. Blige will receive the lifetime achievement award, while Tyler Perry will receive the Ultimate Icon award.

The BET Awards are airing right now on BET with host Regina Hall!

FYI: Mary is wearing an Alberta Ferretti dress and David Webb jewels. Tyler is wearing an Ermenegildo Zegna tux.

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