Tyler Perry Reveals He Writes All Of His Scripts, Fans Give Mixed Response

January 8, 2020
Tyler Perry poses smiling on stage at Essence Festival 2019.

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By Cameron Jenkins

If Tyler Perry was still searching for a New Year's Resolution, Black Twitter seems to have found one for him -- get a good writers' room.

Perry recently shared a video to Twitter showing various scripts for shows he has written, including "The Oval," "The Haves and Have Nots," "Young Dylan," "Sistas," and more, which he captioned "WORK ETHIC!! Come on. Let’s go get 2020!!!"

In the video, Perry also explains that each of the shows were created without a writer's room.

"So, I don’t know if you know this but all shows on television have a writers’ room,” Perry said in a video displaying his many TV scripts. “And most of the time there are 10, 12 people that write these television shows. Well, I have no writers’ room. Nobody writes any of my work. I write it all. Why am I telling you this? I wrote all of these scripts by myself in 2019. What’s my point? Work Ethic!”

While Perry may have been sharing some of his own personal success in hopes of motivating others, it seems that the internet took it another way.

Serveral fans commented on the fact that Perry should want to uplift other black writers by providing them with opportunities on his shows.

"Your Work ethic is GREAT. But there are definitely a lot of fantastic black writers who could use the opportunity and paycheck to work in a writers room with and for you," @OfficialSampson tweeted.

One user shared their hope that more resources will begin to be pooled within the black community, especially among business owners.

"black folks when they own a business tend to want to do things on their own{*} that's why there are so many black businesses owned by one person calling all the shots. ideally, wanna see more blk folks pooling their resources in that industry instead of waiting to be put on," @anthony_dukes wrote.

Another commented that the addition could take his studios to the next level.

"Tyler should step into 2020 and get some writers...many young talented folks out here would love to write for Tyler and Mr. Sampson your absolutely right...Tyler can take his studios to the nxt level and do so much more," @TitanNetwork wrote.

While many shared similar sentiments, some believe that Perry should be able to work on his craft the way he chooses.

"It’d be weird if someone demanded that I pay them to help me write MY book. The studio he built from the ground up on a former slave plantation was him paying his dues. Let the man write his own material if he wants to. I love to write & I like to tell MY stories in MY way too!" @TheDejaKing tweeted.

Another user, @authorbae, agreed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">---- when you have your own vision sometimes you don&#39;t want someone else&#39;s opinion----‍♀️ he&#39;s put people on in other ways</p>&mdash; Crissy (@authorbae) <a href="https://wpgc.radio.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://twitter.com/authorbae/status/1214761270768996352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">https://twitter.com/authorbae/status/1214761270768996352?ref_src=twsrc%5...">January 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://wpgc.radio.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js">https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

" when you have your own vision sometimes you don't want someone else's opinion he's put people on in other ways," she wrote.

Either way, it doesn't seem like Perry has any plans to slow down anytime soon.

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