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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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Enough viewers tuned in to Tyler Perry's The Oval to give the new series its best television ratings since the White House soap opera premiered last month.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn as U.S. President Hunter Franklin; and actress Kron Moore stars as his bitter, long-suffering wife, Victoria Franklin. They're dysfunctional family includes Paige Hurd as daughter Gayle Franklin, and Daniel Croix Henderson as son Jason Franklin.

According to TV By the Numbers, The Oval bounced back from 0.2 to 0.3 in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, while Tyler Perry's Sistas rose above its 0.2 to reach 0.3.

Nearly 1 million viewers tuned in to Wednesday's episode of The Oval. While Sistas drew 852 pairs of eyeballs this week.

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In Wednesday's episode of The Oval, titled "Rats Can Smell Poison," Richard (Javon Johnson) and his son Barry (Vaughn W. Hebron) struggle over Barry's gun. The gun goes off and a stray bullet hits an innocent bystander. Barry and Richard leave the scene just as a woman begins screaming.

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Lilly's husband, Donald (Lodric D. Collins) confronts creepy Secret Service agent Kyle (Brad Benedict), who has a crush on him. Donald orders Kyle to leave his home, and he tells Kyle he will reassign him to another detail once he gets back to the White House.

The president's creepy son, Jason, has his eye on Jean, one of the White House's pretty maids. As Jean cleans a spot on the rug, a naked Jason strolls across the hallway behind her.

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Jean complains to White House staff supervisor Priscilla (Taja V. Simpson), who reassigns her to another section of the White House.

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Victoria notices Gayle is missing from the breakfast table and she instructs Priscilla to go fetch her from her bedroom. Victoria gives Priscilla permission to enter Gayle's bedroom. Priscilla walks into Gayle's bedroom and interrupts her taking naked selfies.

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Gayle rudely orders Priscilla out of her room and gets dressed for breakfast. During breakfast, Ed reassures Gayle he will take care of Barry, whom Gayle accused of trying to rape her in episode 1.

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Ed fires Richard for allowing his son, Barry, to enter the White House without authorization. But Victoria orders Gayle to tell Ed the truth - that Barry never touched her. Gayle admits as much.

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Later, we see Bobby (Travis Cure), the sexy airport stalker who was shot twice by Lilly (Ciera Payton), waking up on an operating table in the basement of Lilly and Donald's home.

Apparently Bobby knows creepy Kyle, who kisses him on the lips as he awakens after passing out from the pain of surgery without anesthesia.

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Bobby angrily threatens Kyle for kissing him. After Bobby is sexually harassed by Kyle, Bobby convinces Kyle to unlock his handcuffs and let him leave the house.

Miraculously, after having undergone surgery to remove the bullets from his chest and gut, Bobby is able to get up from the operating table and walk out of the room, like nothing happened.

Donald's granddaughter. Callie (LondonRose Sellars) is still missing, after having been kidnapped by her mentally unstable mother, Ruth, with the help of cult members.

Barry and his mother, Nancy (Ptosha Storey), finally go to the police department to report the child missing. But they are informed by the detective that Ruth was killed. The episode ends with little Callie still missing.
 

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Tyler Perry's much-criticized nighttime soap opera "Tyler Perry's The Oval" grabbed strong ratings for BET Network on Thursday night.

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According to Deadline.com, "Tyler Perry's The Oval" and "Tyler Perry's Sistas" both kicked off with strong ratings for BET Network Thursday.

More than 1 million viewers tuned in to watch "Tyler Perry's The Oval" on BET at 9 PM, despite the terrible reviews on social media.

The White House drama did better than other scripted series that debuted on BET this year, including American Soul (864,000) and Boomerang (587,000), according to Deadline.com.

"Tyler Perry's The Oval" totaled 1.5 million views across BET, BET Her and VH1 in both time slots.

But viewers were brutal on Twitter.com. Many say they love and appreciate Tyler Perry for employing Black actors and crews, but they would not watch the series again.

"Just because Tyler Perry is a black doesn't mean he should get a pass for putting out mediocre TV shows. Like wtf is this?" wrote one viewer.

Another viewer tweeted: "Omg this new Tyler Perry show the oval is terrible".

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"Tyler Perry's Sistas" fared much better than 'The Oval' on social media. Some viewers said they would tune in again to watch "Tyler Perry's Sistas" next week.

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Meanwhile, Tyler is casting for a new series called "Bruh". According to Project Casting, the Tyler Perry Studio is holding open casting calls for "fresh faces" to appear in the new TV production.

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on scenes filming on Tuesday, October 29th in Atlanta. They are looking for all races, ages 21-40. The pay is $80 per diem (8 hours a day).

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Tyler Perry has a type, so if you are a Black male who is too effeminate or too masculine, you will probably be rejected.

Tyler, who was raised by his mother's very strict boyfriend, does not cast manly he-men in his shows. He prefers delicate, cute, handsome chocolate and light skinned males with strong arms and tight butts.

Look at Tyler's past movies and TV shows to get a better idea of the type of men he is looking for.

Those interested can email a resume, headshot, and information to submissions.sca@gmail.com.

Question: Did you watch Tyler Perry's The Oval? Will you tune in again next week?

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Tyler Perry's hit TV series "The Haves and the Have Nots" was not canceled by Oprah. There was some talk amongst Black women that their favorite nighttime soap opera, "The Haves and The Have Nots" was abruptly canceled by Oprah.

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Many women complained that Oprah often axes Black-oriented TV shows without warning her viewers. But the Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the return of its hit scripted Tyler
Perry drama "The Haves and the Have Nots," which premieres its seventh season on Tuesday, January 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The popular series comes back with a vengeance as the Cryer, Harrington and Young families fight for their very existence. "The Haves and the Have Nots" is the #1 original cable series among African-American Women total viewers. It is also among the Top 5 original scripted series on ad-supported cable.

Season 7 of "The Haves and the Have Nots" brings even more havoc than ever
before with revenge, heartbreak, betrayal, death and destruction touching the lives
of every character.

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"The Haves and the Have Nots" stars Renee Lawless (Katheryn Cryer) pictured left; Crystal R. Fox (Hannah Young) pictured center; John Schneider (Jim Cryer) pictured right; Tika Sumpter (Candace
Young), Angela Robinson (Veronica Harrington), Peter Parros (David Harrington), Tyler Lepley (Benny Young), Gavin Houston (Jeffrey Harrington) and Aaron O'Connell (Wyatt Cryer).

From Tyler Perry Studios, "The Haves and the Have Nots" is written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

Perry says his nighttime soap operas are inspired by the war of the sexes between the Carrington and the Colby families in ABC's TV series Dynasty (1981-1989).

"I'm such a fan of Aaron Spelling and what he did with Dynasty, Dallas and all of those things back in the '80s, so to have this moment to do this it's really, really exciting," Perry told Deadline.com.

For a sneak peek of season seven of "The Haves and the Have Nots" click here: Oprah.com/HAHNSeason7Trailer

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Tyler Perry is defending his new BET drama "The Oval" from critics who say the series is a rip off of "Scandal" and other successful TV soap operas.

Perry said The Oval was inspired by the war of the sexes between the Carrington and the Colby families in ABC's TV series Dynasty (1981-1989).

"I'm such a fan of Aaron Spelling and what he did with Dynasty, Dallas and all of those things back in the '80s, so to have this moment to do this it's really, really exciting," Perry told Deadline.com.

Perry, who recently launched his grand new TV and film studio in Atlanta, says The Oval is less about politics and more about the private sex lives of the people who make the White House hum.

"The Oval is not a political show. It’s a story of an interracial couple in the White House. It’s about following them upstairs to the residence, following the Secret Service home, following the maids and the butlers home. It's a powerful, fun thing for me. I've really, really enjoyed it."

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The 50-year-old Virgo suggested he parted ways with Oprah's OWN Network because she limited his budget and stifled his creativity.

"Well, the first time I ever did a TV drama was writing for Oprah and writing for the OWN Network with a very, very tiny budget, so I had to learn quickly then."

He also touched on reports that he refuses to hire writers because he wants all the credit for himself.

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"I love being on set with my crews, sitting there getting things done. I love writing 24 episodes in two weeks. I love shooting a season in 2 1/2 weeks. I just love the challenge of it all. For me, I want to get in there and fight. So, if you tried to take me out of this thing it's like taking somebody out of the game, who's played for a long time. It's like a quarterback who doesn't want to retire. That's where I am with it. I just love it."

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Execs at Tyler Perry Studios and BET are nervous about the terrible online reviews of Tyler's new scripted BET drama The Oval.

The Oval stars Ed Quinn as Hunter Franklin, the newly-elected Democratic president of the United States, who moves his family into the White House.

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Hunter, who is white, frequently locks horns with his handsome wife, Victoria Franklin (played by newcomer Kron Moore). Victoria, who is Black, violently objects to Hunter screwing his side pieces in the Oval Office.

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To further complicate Victoria's life, the couple's biracial teenage daughter, Gayle (Paige Hurd) is a shameless slut who takes after her daddy. At least she prefers Black eye candy.

At issue for most Black women is Kron's portrayal of Victoria as the typical angry Black b*tch (a common theme in Tyler's TV shows and movies).

It isn't clear what direction Tyler is taking The Oval in, but his female fans aren't willing to go along for the ride.

Fans want to support the 50-year-old Virgo, who owns the biggest Black-owned independent film studio in America. But Black women are growing tied of supporting a Black man who constantly portrays them in a negative light.

"I love Tyler Perry but I am looking for a different type of product from him," wrote one disgusted YouTube viewer.

Another annoyed viewer wrote, "What are you saying about black people that even in the White House, it's just sex and ratchetness. [sic] Wish this was a little more thought provoking, like hitting current events. Especially in an election year. Pass."

A third viewer wrote: "Another over-the-top, ridiculous fantasy melodrama from Tyler Perry. No thanks."

A male viewer wrote: "Another bedwench show trying to force race mixing".

With reviews like these BET execs are reportedly considering revamping a couple of troublesome episodes before the series debuts next Wednesday, Oct. 23.

An insider who attended a recent screening of The Oval in Atlanta whispered to Sandrarose.com, "Girl, you could hear a pin drop in the room when the preview ended."

Question: Ladies, do you plan to watch The Oval?
 

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Atlanta's glitterati are abuzz over the star-studded Tyler Perry Studio launch in Atlanta this weekend. Many of the VIPs who got dressed up thinking they would get all access were disappointed to learn they weren't that important.

Ryan Cameron, host of Majic 107.5/97.5 radio in Atlanta, posed above with singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter at the event.

The star-studded party was also attended by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Will Smith and Maxine Waters.

Several people who I spoke to said they declined to attend the event once they learned of the different levels of VIP access, separate VIP rooms, secret side door access, red carpet-only access, etc.

In other words, everyone is not equal in Tyler Perry's world.

One star who got elite VIP status and didn't bother walking the red carpet with the commoners was Beyonce, who snuck in through a side door with her aging rapper husband, JAY-Z.

The inside joke was Beyonce ate like a bird at the gala dinner because she's embarrassed by her FUPA (acronym for fat upper crotch Area).

Sharp-eyed members of Beyonce's BeyHive noted her FUPA was Photoshopped out of her Instagram photos taken at the gala.

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Another middle aged celebrity who isn't self-conscious about her FUPA is actress Halle Berry, who dressed in all black.

Beyonce admitted she cried at the launch of Perry's new movie studio, as she was overwhelmed by its significance for black entertainers.

The day after the bash, Beyonce revealed she cried at the event.

"Happy Sunday. Congratulations to Tyler Perry on the opening of his studios," The 39-year-old Lion King star wrote on Instagram. "I could feel our ancestors' presence. Surrounded by my heroes, I watched Denzel (Washington), Queen Oprah, Spike (Lee), Whoopi (Goldberg), Sir (Sidney) Poitier, Will, Halle , Dame Cicely (Tyson) and our angels John Singleton and Diahann Carroll honored.

"The Armand de Brignac (champagne) crashed against each soundstage as fireworks lit up the sky. Generations of blood, sweat and tears, success, excellence and brilliance.

"It makes me so proud, so full, I could not stop crying. Thank you my Virgo brother for so much love and passion put into every detail. My prayer today is that you will take it all in. You inspire me to dream even bigger."

Perry's studio has twelve soundstages, each named after an iconic Black actor, and is one of the biggest studios in the U.S.

Perry named one of the soundstages after pioneering actress Diahann Carroll, who recently passed away after a battle with cancer.

None of the soundstages was named after Beyonce.

Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Michael Ealy, Jill Scott, Ludacris, T.I., Usher, Sean Combs, and Ava DuVernay also attended the gala event.

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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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Tyler Perry was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on Tuesday, October 1.

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Actors Idris Elba (left), Kerry Washington (right) and Crystal Fox (2nd from left) were on hand to help salute their pal Tyler Perry as the director and playwright unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of friends and family.

Perry, 50, earned the 2,675th plaque on famed Hollywood Boulevard and some of his famous friends were there to help him celebrate.

Washington and Idris appeared in Perry's films Peeples and Daddy's Little Girls, respectively.

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After the ceremony, Washington took to Instagram and wrote: "Nobody is more deserving of this than you @tylerperry. Thank you for shining so brightly, for guiding our paths, and for creating new constellations.

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