Angry over ticket fees, scalpers and “bootleggers” who jack up the prices on tickets to his show, actor and director Tyler Perry has canceled the current leg of his “Madea Gets a Job” tour, including the Oct. 25 show at KeyArena.
“Unfortunately, due to circumstances that I can't control, we've had to cancel this leg of the Madea Gets A Job tour,” wrote Perry in a press release.
Perry said the lowest price for his show is supposed to be $25 so as many people as possible can see it.
“I know how tight things are right now. I GET IT!” he wrote.
But, Perry says even though he tries to keep prices affordable, “fees are added that are out of my control and the price of the tickets can almost double.”
Perry says people who go online looking for tickets sometimes end up paying double or triple the price through ticket bootleggers and scalpers.
“I've been dealing with this for years but now with the internet I've never seen it this bad,” wrote Perry.
He also accused some people of posing as him on Facebook and charging people as much as $150 for a chance to meet Perry after the show.
“DON'T FALL FOR THIS!! That's not me,” he wrote. “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.”
KeyArena says tickets will be refunded in the manner in which they were purchased. For more information visit Ticketmater.com or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.