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Tyler Perry responded to the intense pressure from a writers union and television viewers who criticized him over his "writers room" comments.

Perry promised to give real writers more opportunities to work on future projects at his film and TV production studios in Atlanta, GA after facing backlash for preferring to write his own TV series.

The actor/producer/director has been heavily criticized for laying off writers because he allegedly didn't want to pay union fees.

He recently found himself at the center of controversy after trying to highlight his strong work ethic by revealing he does not have a writers room for dramas like The Have and the Have Nots, The Oval, and Sistas.

Critics say the lack of real writers at Perry's studios shows in the subpar quality of his TV projects.

In her editorial for Medium.com, titled "I Give Up on Tyler Perry," Morgan Jerkins said Perry's scripts depicting Black women have not evolved in 25 years.

Jerkins writes:

"I did not like A Fall from Grace... The older women were characterized as lonely and downtrodden as if these were justifiable reasons for the abuse they suffered."

In a recent interview, Perry revealed an incident early on in his career that led him to stop using a writing team.

Perry, 50, said screenwriters turned in scripts that required rewrites -- and the writers would get paid for each script rewrite. Perry implied that the writers - who were all Black - tried to take advantage of him.

"It's not that I don't want help," Perry explained on daytime talk show The View. "I had a really bad experience with a writers room once, and they were turning in scripts, and you know, you pay for these scripts and they turn them in, and the scripts are not right, then you have to rewrite them and you have to pay them again.

"And then the returned scripts, we'd put them on the air and the ratings would drop. So I said, 'Listen, my audience, I've been cultivating this for 25 years, they know how I'm speaking to them, they know specifically what I'm saying,' so I realized then that I needed to continue to just do what I do, and I don't mind."

However, following the backlash to his comments, Perry insists he will offer job opportunities for non-Tyler Perry projects to writers seeking to break into the industry.

"There will be other projects at the studio that are not Tyler Perry-labeled projects that have writers rooms and writers will get a chance," he promised.

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All roads lead to Atlanta for the next Democratic presidential primary debate to be held at Tyler Perry's Studios on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

If you're not busy on Wednesday, WABE.com has complied a list of the public events that will take place on debate day, kicking off with the Democratic Debate PRO-LIFE Democrat Rally in front of Tyler Perry Studios on Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

In addition to a rally, numerous watch parties will be held throughout the city.

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Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak live during a conference, but the cost of admission is steep.
 

Watch parties around the city

2020 Presidential Debate Watch Party

7 p.m. at a location to be provided after ticket purchase

Host: Democratic Party of Georgia

Cost: $20
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Georgia is a Battleground State Debate Watch Party

7 to 11 p.m. at Georgia Beer Garden

Hosts: NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, Millennials for Progress and Millennials for Abrams

Cost: Free

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Cobb Debate Watch Parties

7 to 11 p.m.

Locations: Three locations in Cobb County
Monticello in East Cobb
Taco Mac in West Cobb
Huey Luey's Mexican Kitchen & Margarita Bar in Acworth

Host: Cobb County Democratic Committee

Cost: $3

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Latinx Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: Latino Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia

501 Pulliam Street, Suite 400

Atlanta, GA 30312

Cost: Free

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Gwinnett Latinx Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: Mariscos Mazatlan, Seafood Bar and Grill

1650 Pleasant Hill Road

Duluth, GA 30096

Cost: Free
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Official Atlanta Presidential Debate "#DumpTrump2020" Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: BQE Restaurant & Lounge

262 Edgewood Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: Free

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Presidential Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Hosts: Black Youth Vote and Georgia STAND-UP

Location: 55th & Park Restaurant & Lounge

55 Park Place Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: Free

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Debate Watch Party

8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Location: Hudson Grille Sandy Springs

6317 Roswell Road Northeast

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Cost: Free

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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

Nov. 19 to 22

Location: Georgia World Congress Center.

Obama will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 20.

Cost: $600 in advance or $650 onsite

Source: WABE.com

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Lifestyle blogger Tami Reed attended the star-studded grand opening of Tyler Perry's Studios in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Tami writes: "It was a star-studded affair, omg! I have never been to anything like this in the South and everyone that was in attendance showed up and showed out! The carpet was amazing with fresh red roses scattered throughout the facility and on the backdrop, so pretty!"

"The celebrities looked amazing dressed to the nines and talked to ALL the media on the carpet. You felt like you were very special, at least that is how I felt. The energy was exhilarating and it made you feel good inside and out. Please check out some of my snaps I got on the carpet but a full recap will be posted tomorrow. I just made it to Chicago this morning, so I’m a bit warn out from having a long night and then had to get up at the crack of dawn to travel. Enjoy the pics and check back tomorrow. Love you guys and thanks to Tyler Perry and his staff for inviting me out, I had an amazing time."

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Tami posed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
 

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Unlicensed therapist Iyanla Vanzant took a photo with Tami Reed on the red carpet.
 

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California Rep. Maxine Waters, 81, was also there. She was dressed to the nines.
 

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Tami and talk show host Gayle King.
 

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Tami and R&B singer Anita Baker
 

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Tami and singer/actress Jill Scott
 

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Tami and actor Michael Ealy.
 

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Tami and daytime talk show host Tamron Hall.
 

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Tami and comedian Tiffany Haddish.

See more photos from the gala on Talkingwithtami.com!

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Joshua Sole is the type of pretty boy who director/playwright Tyler Perry prefers to cast in his films and plays. But the 27-year-old Dunwoody resident quickly wore out his welcome when he literally dropped into Perry's Atlanta area movie studio uninvited.

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