Tyler Perry on The Oprah Show on January 27, 2006

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January 27, 2006
During his 2006 appearance, Tyler pulled double duty as Madea, the tell-it-like-it-is, pistol-packing granny.

Madea Simmons—one of Tyler's most beloved characters—joined Oprah via satellite from her "home" in Atlanta for a rare interview. Even though she doesn't like doing interviews, Madea opened up about why she decided to talk to Oprah.

"You know, Oprah, I'm not political or correct," Madea said. "I don't worry about what people say. I say what's on my mind and, you know, people don't want you to say what's on your mind. But I say, 'I do Oprah because Oprah gonna make sure I'm all right.' You can handle people telling the truth."

Tyler's popular stage shows—like Madea Goes to Jail—have grossed more than $100 million.